Saint Joseph's senior Chelsea Woods and junior Alyssa Monaghan were honored as the Ellen Ryan Most Valuable Players and Chris DiJulia was inducted into the SJU Women's Basketball Hall of Fame Wednesday evening at the Hawks' 42nd Annual Awards Banquet held at Drexelbrook.
An Atlantic 10 All-Conference Third Team selection, Woods led the Hawks in scoring (15.4 ppg) and rebounds (7.7 rpg) while helping the team advance to the Second Round of the Postseason WNIT. Also named SJU Best Offensive Player, she capped her SJU career 14th all-time in points (1,228) and seventh in rebounds (783).
The anchor of the Hawks offense, Monaghan started 33 games at the point this season and led the Hawks in assists (125), steals (34), three-pointers (57) and minutes played (1,167). Named to the Gator Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team, Monaghan ranked eighth nationally in assist-to-tunrover ratio (3.13) and will enter her senior season ninth all-time in SJU history with 154 three-pointers.
A fixture on the Saint Joseph's sidelines over the past three decades, DiJulia has been on the Hawks' bench for many of the program's biggest moments. Invited by then head coach Jim Foster to sit on the Saint Joseph's bench, DiJulia has gone on to be a part of three Atlantic 10 championships, more than a dozen Big 5 titles and over 20 postseason appearances. Born with cerebral palsy, DiJulia was recognized for his infectious spirit in 2001-02 with the creation of the Chris DiJulia Inspirational Award by the women's basketball program.
A long with his support for Saint Joseph's, DiJulia has also been an active member in the local Catholic Youth Organization and received the group's Tom Gola Award in 2010.
Among others honored at the banquet were graduate student Amanda Fioravanti (Roosevelt Hunter Community Service Award and the Reverend Emory Ross Academic Excellence Award), senior Avery Marz (Chris DiJulia Inspirational Award), senior Adashia Franklyn (Patricia Ryan Unsung Hero Award), senior Candace Belvedere (Loyalty and Leadership Award) and junior Sarah Veilleux (Most Improved Player Award and Best Defensive Player).