Fulton’s Kush Earns William Smith Basketball Awards

William Smith College senior forward Kristen Kush (G. Ray Bodley/Fulton)  and sophomore guard Sasha Borenstein (Agoura Hills, Calif.) were honored at the annual Heron banquet on April 24.

Kush was presented with the Marisa Vespa ’08 Basketball Award, and Borenstein earned the Barbara Easton Regan Basketball Coach’s Award.

Kristen Kush
Kristen Kush

Despite being sidelined by a knee injury to start the season, Kush spent countless hours rehabbing in order to be able to play all 16 conference games and start in 14 in her senior season.

She averaged 9.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg.

Kush notched a pair of double-doubles, including 11 points and a season-high 14 rebounds in the Herons’ regular season finale at Vassar.

A three-time All-Liberty League selection and a 2010-11 Captial One Academic All-American, Kush’s career numbers rank among the best in Heron history.

She ranks seventh in field goals made (495), and field goals attempted (1,079), eighth in field goal percentage (.459), ninth in scoring average (12.6 ppg), 12th in total points (1,163) and total rebounds (529), 13th in free throws made (172), and free throws attempted (259).

Kush also shared the Melissa Mulliken ’80 Award and earned the Joseph N. Abraham Award.

William Smith finished the regular season with a 13-12 record. The Herons tied for fourth place in the Liberty League with a 9-7 mark.