“This is a great honor for Lindsey, and I couldn’t be more excited for her,” said head coach Kim McNeill, who concluded her second season at the helm of the Hawks in 2018. “She is the consummate student-athlete. Lindsey’s work ethic is second to none, and she has demonstrated that both on and off the court throughout her career.”
Fresh off a season that saw her earn Second Team All-Conference and All-Academic Team recognition from the America East, Abed becomes the first women’s basketball player in Hartford history to earn the distinction of Scholar-Athlete.
“Lindsey’s attention to detail in everything she does has set the tone for our team, and we appreciate who she is and what she stands for,” added McNeill. “The sky is the limit for Lindsey, and we are so proud that she is a Hartford Hawk.”
A team captain, Abed put together one of the most decorated seasons for Hartford in 2017-18. Leading the team in scoring (13.4 ppg), assists per game (3.9), made three-point field goals (65) and three-point field goal percentage (.346), she also finished second in rebounding (4.7 rpg) and steals per game (2.2).
In addition, Abed broke the program record in free-throw percentage with a .894 clip, marking the ninth-best percentage in the nation. The guard also etched her name throughout the Hawks’ single-season record books, finishing No. 3 in both steals (70) and made three-point field goals, while ranking No. 8 in assists (124).
Abed has been just as impressive in the classroom. She holds a 3.67 GPA as a psychology major and has been named to the Dean’s List four times and to the President’s List on three occasions. In addition, Abed is a two-time member of the America East Academic Honor Roll, which includes a spot on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll in 2017.
America East Scholar-Athletes were members of teams in the six championship sports that America East sponsored in the winter season, including men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s swimming and diving.
Joe Sherburne (men’s basketball, UMBC), Paul Hogan (men’s indoor track and field, UMass Lowell), Elinor Purrier (women’s indoor track and field, New Hampshire), Ross Bernstein (men’s swimming and diving, Binghamton) and Emily Borger (women’s swimming and diving, Maine) rounded out the 2018 America East Winter Scholar-Athlete recipients.
Each America East Scholar-Athlete is a starter or prominent reserve that carries a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.50. They will automatically be eligible for the America East Female or Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced this summer.