PHILADELPHIA – Saint Joseph’s redshirt senior Chatilla van Grinsven (Helmond, Netherlands/Dr. Knippenberg College), junior Erin Shields (Drexel Hill, Pa./Archbishop Carroll) and redshirt sophomore Natasha Cloud (Broomall, Pa./Cardinal O’Hara) each received Atlantic 10 awards, conference officials announced on Thursday. The Hawks’ van Grinsven was named to the A-10 All-Conference First Team, while Shields was chosen Most Improved Player, All-Conference Third Team and All-Academic Team.
Leading SJU in scoring and rebounding, van Grinsven has made a memorable impact in her lone season on Hawk Hill. With 14 double-doubles this season, the starting forward enters the A-10 Championship averaging 15.2 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. The first Hawk to be named to an All-Conference First Team since Susan Moran in 2001-02, van Grinsven has already etched her name in the SJU record books in several categories as her 294 rebounds are tied for fifth most in a single season, while her 43 blocked shots are ninth most. van Grinsven is joined by Dayton’s Andrea Hoover, Fordham’s Erin Rooney, Charlotte’s Jennifer Hailey and Duquesne’s Wumi Agunbiade on the All-Conference First Team.
One of the top perimeter threats in the A-10, Shields is the first Hawk to be named A-10 Most Improved Player. Averaging 6.8 points per game and hitting just 38 three pointers last season, Shields has thrived as a starter this year, scoring 11.5 points per game and converting a career-best 66 three point field goals. A finance major with a 3.86 grade-point-average, she has led the Hawks in scoring six times this season, including a career-best 28 points at #12 Dayton last Sunday. Shields is joined by Dayton’s Sam MacKay, Xavier’s Amber Gray and Charlotte’s Amanda Dowe and Ny Hammonds on the All-Conference Third Team and Andrea Hoover of Dayton, Jessica Pachko of Xavier, Rachel Bilney of Richmond and George Washington’s Tara Booker on the All-Academic Team.
The anchor of Saint Joseph's defense, Cloud has helped the Hawks limit opponents to just 55.2 points per game and 35.5 percent shooting. Relied upon to guard the opposing team's top perimeter player, Cloud leads SJU in steals (51) and ranks fourth in blocked shots (13). Backed by Cloud, Saint Joseph's currently ranks third in the A-10 in points allowed and field goal percentage defense. Averaging a career-high 9.5 points and 31.5 minutes per game, Cloud is just the third Hawk to be named to the A-10 All-Defensive Team, joining 2004 honoree Stephanie McCaffrey (nee Graff) and 2011 selection Michelle Baker. Cloud is joined by Fordham’s Arielle Collins, Charlotte’s Jennifer Hailey, Duquesne’s Jocelyn Floyd and Temple’s Victoria Macaulay on the A-10 All-Defensive Team.
The Hawks begin play at the A-10 Championship this Saturday at 2:30 p.m. versus either Duquesne or VCU.