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Shepard & Blaylock Earn All-Big South Honors
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Release: 03/10/2011
Kendall Shepard
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HIGH PONT, N.C.  – UNC Asheville senior guard Kendall Shepard was named to the 2010-11 All-Big South Conference Second Team on Thursday evening while teammate Grace Blaylock was named to the All-Academic Team in a ceremony at the University Center on the campus of High Point University, the host institution for the Advance Auto Parts Big South Championship beginning tomorrow.

Charleston Southern senior Katie Tull and Radford head coach Tajama Ngongba have been voted the 2010-11 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 Winthrop guard Dequesha McClanahan Freshman of the Year and tabbed Liberty redshirt-junior Avery Warley as the League’s Defensive Player of the Year.  Katie White of Coastal Carolina was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the League’s sports information directors.

Tull, a senior from Cleburne, Texas, became the Big South’s All-Time leader in career three-pointers this season as she currently has 312 triples in her four years at Charleston Southern.  She also reset her Big South single-season standard for three-pointers as she has hit 105 treys on the season.   Her 3.5 three-pointers per game is currently tops in the country as she has been ranked in the top five nationally most of the season.  Her nine triples against Voorhees set the Charleston Southern single-game mark and was just one shy of the Big South record.  She posted a League-high 10 20-point games on the year as her 16.2 points per outing is tops in the Big South.  She earned Big South Player of the Week honors twice this season.  Tull garnered four first-place votes and 132 total points in the voting to finish ahead of Liberty’s Avery Warley, who received five first-place bids and 111 points.

Ngongba led her Highlanders to an 11-5 League record and the No. 2 seed in the Advance Auto Parts Big South Women’s Basketball Championship, its highest seed since 2008.  Radford’s 11 wins marked the most regular-season League wins since the 1993-94 season when Radford finished 12-4.  The Highlanders also picked up a monumental win this season as Radford downed Liberty at the Vines Center, marking the first time since 1996 that the Highlanders have won on the Lady Flames’ home court.  Ngongba notched 11 No. 1 votes and 25 points, finishing ahead of Liberty’s Carey Green, who landed two top nods and 10 points.

McClanahan, a guard from Oak Ridge, Tenn., joined just four other players in Big South history to earn six Big South Conference Freshman of the Week plaudits in a single season.  She is the League’s top-rated freshman scorer with 12.3 points per game to rank No. 1 on the Winthrop roster.  She started 26 of 27 games for the Lady Eagles with three 20-point games during the 2010-11 season.  She posted a career-best 26 points against Virginia Commonwealth and tied the Big South season-high with nine assists against North Carolina A&T in just the second game of her career.  She led her squad in steals 12 times this season, fueling the Winthrop defense to a Top-50 national ranking in scoring defense.  She posted eight first-place votes to finish with 64 total points as High Point’s Cheyenne Parker received six first-place votes and 54 points.

Warley, a center from Washington, D.C. anchors a Liberty defense which ranks No. 1 in the Big South in scoring defense at 53.7 and is tops in the Big South in field goal percentage defense, as it is holding opponents to just .347 percent.  She tops the Big South with 10.7 rebounds per game, with an average of 6.7 rebounds per game coming on the defensive glass to rank No. 2 in the League.  Warley is No. 1 on the Liberty squad and No. 7 in the League with 1.03 blocked shots per game.  One of those blocks came during the closing stages of the Lady Flames’ Jan. 24 contest with Coastal Carolina, helping Liberty seal the four-point win.  She also became just the fourth Liberty player to ever block 100 career shots.  Warley posted seven top bids and 16 points, while Mackenzie Maier of High Point pulled in four top votes and 10 points.

Liberty led the way with two players on the First Team All-Conference squad in Warley and Devon Brown.  Tull, Radford’s Da’Naria Erwin Spencer and Dominique Hudson of Gardner-Webb round out of the list of First Team honorees.

2010-11 Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Award Winners

First-Team All-Conference

Katie Tull, Charleston Southern

Avery Warley, Liberty

Da’Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford

Dominique Hudson, Gardner-Webb

Devon Brown, Liberty

Second-Team All-Conference

Monique Hudson, Gardner-Webb

Kelsey Wasmer, Charleston Southern

Shamia Brown, High Point

Kendall Shepard, UNC Asheville

Sydnei Moss, Coastal Carolina

All-Freshman Team

Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Cheyenne Parker, High Point

Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian College

Emily Frazier, Liberty

Catrina Green, Gardner-Webb

Academic All-Conference

Kelsey Wasmer, Charleston Southern

Katie White, Coastal Carolina
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