Jones Named Big South Freshman Of The Year

March 08, 2012
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Courtesy: UNC Asheville

HIGH POINT, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) - Winthrop sophomore Dequesha McClanahan and Eagle head coach Marlene Stollings have been voted the 2011-12 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, by the League's head coaches and media panel, it was announced this evening.  The voting panel voted UNC Asheville guard Shonese Jones Freshman of the Year and tabbed High Point center Cheyenne Parker as the League's Defensive Player of the Year.  Rachelle Coward of Charleston Southern and Brianna Dillard of Gardner-Webb were voted Co-Scholar-Athletes of the Year by the League's sports information directors.

McClanahan, a guard from Oak Ridge, Tenn., tops the Big South Conference and ranks No. 11 in the country with 20.8 points per game.  She is also ranked No. 4 in Division-I with 7.3 assists per game.  McClanahan has posted a League-high 17 20-point games during the 2011-12 campaign and posted four games with 30-or-more points.  She set the Big South single-season standard for assists with 220 on the year, while posting six games with 10-or-more helpers.  McClanahan recorded four games with 20 points and 10 assists, including 32 points and 10 assists against Presbyterian College.  She posted six consecutive games with at least 20 points from Jan. 23 through Feb. 11 and joined the Big South's 1,000-point club on March 5th, becoming just the second player in Big South history to reach 1,000 points before her junior season. A two-time Big South Player of the Week selection, McClanahan garnered seven first-place votes and 151 total points in the voting to finish ahead of Liberty's Avery Warley, who received five first-place bids and 120 points.

Stollings set the Winthrop record for wins by a first year coach with 18 during the 2011-12 season.  The Eagles' 12 Big South wins marked the most by a Winthrop team in history and its No. 3 seed is the highest the Eagles have been since the 2007-08 season.  Winthrop is currently ranked No. 13 in the nation with 7.5 three-pointers per game and the Eagles rank in the top-five in the Big South in five offensive categories.   Winthrop picked up a monumental win this season as it knocked off Liberty at home, marking the first time since the 2008 season that the Eagles have defeated the Lady Flames.  Stollings notched five No. 1 votes and 27 points, finishing ahead of Liberty's Carey Green, who landed five top nods and 24 points.

Jones, a guard from Etowah, N.C., was tabbed the Big South's Freshman of the Week four times during the year and was selected as the League's Player of the Week on Dec. 20.  She has recorded nine games with at least 20 points and has scored 30-or-more points on two occasions.  She finished with at least 20 points in three straight games on the year from Dec. 17-21.  She also posted 11 rebounds against Coastal Carolina on Jan. 7.  Jones has led her squad in scoring 14 times during the year and is the League's top-rated freshman scorer with 15.4 points per game.  She posted nine first-place votes to finish with 68 total points as Liberty's Reagan Miller received four first-place votes and 51 points to finish second in the voting.

Parker, a sophomore from Queens, N.Y., reset the Big South single-season record for blocks with 108 on the year, becoming the only player in Big South history to ever record 100 blocks in a season.  Her 3.8 blocked shots per game is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, while her 12.3 rebounds per game is good for No. 4 in the country.  On the defensive glass, Parker tops the Big South with 7.62 defensive boards per game.  She is also ranked sixth in the League with 2.1 steals per game.  Parker posted 17 double-doubles on the year to rank No. 6 in Division-I and is the only player in the League to post a triple-double.  Parker posted seven top bids and 19 points, while Avery Warley of Liberty pulled in three top votes and 12 points.

Liberty's Avery Warley and Devon Brown joined McClanahan on the First-Team, Shamia Brown of High Point and Da'Naria Erwin Spencer round out the list of First-Team honorees.

2012-11 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Award Winners

First-Team All-Conference
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Avery Warley, Liberty
Shamia Brown, High Point
Devon Brown, Liberty
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford

Second-Team All-Conference
Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Cheyenne Parker, High Point
Tonisha Baker, Campbell
Erin Reynolds, High Point
Diana Choibekova, Winthrop

All-Freshman Team
Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville
Reagan Miller, Liberty
Shatia Cole, Coastal Carolina
Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
Kiera Gaines, Campbell

Academic All-Conference
Amanda O'Neill, Campbell
Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Taylor Epley, Coastal Carolina
Brianna Dillard, Gardner-Webb
Laura Whitt, High Point
Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian College
Lindsey Thompson, UNC Asheville
Katherine Brockett, Radford
Kaitlyn Rubino, Winthrop
Terika Lunsford, Liberty

Player of the Year
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Defensive Player of the Year
Cheyenne Parker, High Point

Freshman of the Year
Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville

Coach of the Year
Marlene Stollings, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Brianna Dillard, Gardner-Webb


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