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CAMDEN CITY, N.J. (Feb. 12, 2018)(CNBNewsnet) – Rutgers University-Camden freshman guard Shane Holmes (Mount Laurel, NJ/Lenape) was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week when the NJAC announced its weekly awards today.
 
Holmes was honored after averaging 11.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.0 assist during a pair of conference games last week. She scored nine points and added three rebounds, two assists and two steals in a win over Ramapo College Thursday and notched a career-high 13 points, while adding three rebounds and one steal, in a loss at William Paterson University Saturday.


 
For the week, Holmes shot 8-for-17 (.471) from the field and 1-for-2 (.500) from the foul line.
 
Holmes becomes the Scarlet Raptors' first NJAC Rookie of the Week since teammate Gabby Greene (Howell, NJ/Howell), now a junior, was honored on March 7, 2016. Holmes is the second Rutgers-Camden women's basketball player to earn NJAC weekly honors this season, as senior guard/forward Cara Racobaldo (Pennsauken, NJ/Camden Catholic) was named the NJAC Player of the Week on Feb. 5.
 
Holmes, pictured above on the right with her fellow rookie teammates (L-R) Lexi Bennett, Jordan Harbaugh and Erika Tanko during a pre-season photoshoot on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, has played a key role in the Scarlet Raptors' success this season. Rutgers-Camden, which owns a 14-9 record overall and an 11-6 record in NJAC play, has already qualified for the conference playoffs and will play a first-round game on Saturday at a site and time to be determined. The Scarlet Raptors close their regular-season schedule with a 6 p.m. game at Montclair State University Wednesday.
 
Holmes has played in 19 games for the Raptors this season, starting one, while averaging 3.4 pints and 1.6 rebounds. She also has contributed 23 assists, 11 steals and one blocked shot in her rookie campaign, which was interrupted by an injury that sidelined her for four games in early January.
 
Holmes has produced three double-digit games in scoring, including 11 points against New Jersey City University (Dec. 2), which was her career high until she notched 13 at William Paterson University Saturday. She also scored 10 points at Ramapo College the first time the teams played, on Jan. 3.
 
Holmes' career high of four rebounds came against Rowan University on Jan. 24, her first game back from her injury.
 
In her lone start of the season, at Kean University (Jan. 6), she dished out a career-high nine assists before being hurt late in the contest. She also added three points, one rebound and her first of three two-steal games, which stands as her career high.
 
A Psychology major with a Business minor at Rutgers-Camden, Holmes was a four-year basketball letterwinner at Lenape High School, earning First Team All-Conference honors, serving as a team captain during her senior year and helping the Indians capture the state title as a junior.
 
Shane is the daughter of Tara and S.L. Smalls of Marlton.
 

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