PISCATAWAY, N.J. (April 24, 2012) – Rutgers guards April Sykes (Starkville, Miss.) and Khadijah Rushdan (Wilmington, Del.) were named to the All-Met Division I women’s college basketball team it was announced Tuesday by the Met Basketball Writers Association. Sykes earned a selection to the first team, while Rushdan was a second team pick for the second-consecutive year.
It marks the 14th year in a row that at least one Scarlet Knight was selected on an All-Met squad. All-Met selections will be honored Thursday, April 26, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, N.Y.
Sykes and Rushdan also received All-BIG EAST accolades in back-to-back seasons with Rushdan earning a spot on the first team, while Sykes was named a second team honoree. The pair was also taken in the 2012 WNBA Draft with Rushdan selected 15th overall and Sykes chosen with the 28th overall pick.
Sykes appeared in all 32 games, earning starts in 29. She was second on the team with 12.9 points per game, posting a double-digit scoring average for the second-straight season. Sykes led RU in scoring in a team-best 11 games and recorded a team-high four 20-point games. She also averaged career rebounding numbers with 5.6 per game.
Sykes wrapped up her career ‘On the Banks,’ playing in 129 games, earning starts in 74 contests. She owns 53 double-digit scoring games, including 12 with 20 or more points. Sykes became the 31st player to score 1,000 career points and is represented in the Rutgers record books in a number of categories. She ranks fourth in career three-point field goals attempted (468), sixth in three-point field goals made (138), tied for eighth in games played (129) and 24th in points (1,162).
Rushdan averaged career highs in both points (13.1) and rebounds (5.9) per game. She led RU in scoring, while also pacing the team in assists per game for the third-straight season with 3.4 per contest. Rushdan enjoyed a season highlighted by national recognition with her selection to the State Farm Wade, U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) and Naismith College Player of the Year watch lists.
During her Rutgers career, Rushdan appeared in 135 career games, making 117 starts. A two-time All-BIG EAST selection, she scored in double figures in 65 outings, recorded 11 double-digit rebounding games, seven double-doubles and one triple-double (only second player in RU history) in her career. This season, Rushdan achieved a pair of milestones becoming the 30th player in program history to record 1,000 career points and just the second player in Rutgers history (men’s or women’s) to post 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 400 assists. She finished her career ranked tied for first in career games played (135), second in free throws attempted (554), third in made free throws (379), seventh in assists (464) and 17th in points (1,288) in the Rutgers record books.
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