*The following article is courtesy of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC)*
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (January 17, 2018) -- University of the Sciences women's basketball standout Sarah Abbonizio on Wednesday was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Student-Athlete of the Month for December, as announced by CACC Commissioner Dan Mara. Abbonizio earned the award for achieving athletic and academic success, while also taking time to give back to her surrounding community.
On the hardwood during the month, Abbonizio posted four 20-plus point games, including matching her career-high of 26 points twice. She averaged 17.3 points per game over nine contests during the month, as the Devils found themselves at the top of the CACC South Division standings and near the top of the East Region rankings. Abbonizio also shot 45.1 percent (51-of-113) from the field, 43.6 percent (24-of-55) from 3-point range and 88.2 percent (30-of-34) from the foul line. She also added averages of 3.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game.
Abbonizio has also been a standout in the classroom during her time at USciences. She is a two-Time CACC All-Academic Team member, a seven-time Dean's List Honoree, a 2017 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Team member and a 2016-17 D2ADA Academic Achievement Award winner.
In the community, Abbonizio and her teammates have participated in several activities both on and off campus this year. The team handed out candy at Trunk-or-Treat, a USciences event that gave kids in the Philadelphia area a safe place to trick-or-treat on campus, and donated gifts and wrapped gifts as part of Adopt-A-Family, which provided gifts to four families this recent holiday season. The team also raised money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is involved with the Athletes Helping Athletes organization. The Devils will also be hosting their annual Hope Showcase, which benefits The Cure Starts Now Foundation.
Abbonizio becomes the second USciences student-athlete to earn the prestigious monthly award during the 2017-18 season, as Devils cross country standout Elizabeth Sauers received the accolade for September, and the third in the calendar year of 2017 after teammate Alex Thomas received the honor in February.
ABOUT THE CACC
The Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference is an NCAA Division II Conference composed of 14 institutions in Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. The member institutions are Bloomfield College, Caldwell University, Chestnut Hill College, Concordia (N.Y.) College, Dominican (N.Y.) College, Felician University, Georgian Court University, Goldey-Beacom College, Holy Family University, Jefferson (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University), Nyack College, Post University of Waterbury, University of the Sciences, and Wilmington University.