WINTHROP, Mass. – With only one starter back from last season, the Johnson & Wales University women's basketball team had an infusion of new talent this year. Freshman Dede Stevenson had a stellar first season with the Wildcats and was recognized with GNAC Rookie of the Year as voted on by the league coaches.
The Hartford, Conn. native is the first JWU women's basketball player to be named Rookie of the Year. She's also the first major conference award winner since Tehesha Parson was named the 2000 Player of the Year.
Three times this year Stevenson was named GNAC Rookie of the Week. She averaged 12.7 points – the most by a GNAC rookie - 4.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists. Stevenson had six games of 20 points or more, including a season-high 30 against #11 Saint Joseph's (Me.).
Johnson & Wales ended the year with a 6-20 record. Head coach Kim Dweck brings back most of her squad for the 2019-20 campaign, including four starters.