Winthrop’s McClanahan and Nunn grab conference’s top honors

Posted March 4, 2013 10:00 pm | Filed under Featured, Sports

ROCK HILL, SC–Winthrop junior point guard Dequesha McClanahan has been voted the Big South Conference Player of the Year for a second straight season and 6-3 freshman center Schaquilla Nunn has been selected the Freshman of the Year by a panel of media voters and the league’s head coaches, it was announced today by the conference office prior to this week’s conference championship tournament at the HTC Center at Coastal Carolina.

McClanahan (Oak Ridge, TN) earned the recognition after beginning the year as the preseason Big South Player of the Year. She tops the Big South Conference with 19.8 points per game and also leads the League with 5.90 assists per contest. She posted a League-best 16 games with 20-or-more points and poured in a season-high 31 points in Winthrop’s win over UNC Asheville last Saturday as Winthrop clinched the No. 2 tournament seed with a 100-56 win over the Bulldogs. McClanahan ranks No. 1 in the Conference with four 10-assist games and has notched three games with 20 points and 10 helpers. Against William & Mary on Jan. 2, McClanahan finished with a 14-point, 15-rebound and 12-assist triple double. She has notched four double-doubles on the season and is currently riding a four-game streak of games with 20-or-more points.

McClanahan has scored in double digits in 27 of 29 games, including a current 20-game streak of 10-or-more points. She becomes just the sixth player in the League’s history to earn back-to-back Player of the Year honors and is the first player since Megan Frazee of Liberty earned the honor in consecutive seasons in 2007-08 and 2008-09. McClanahan notched 10 first-place votes and 191 points from the panel, finishing ahead of Cheyenne Parker of High Point, who posted nine top-bids and 183 points.

Nunn (Fayetteville, GA), posted 14 games with 10-or-more points and ripped down 10-or-more rebounds in 15 contests for the Eagles this season. She currently ranks
No. 2 in the Big South with 10.0 rebounds per game and was tabbed the Conference’s Freshman of the Week a League-high four times during the 2012-13 season. Nunn notched a
rare triple-double this season as she notched 10 points, 13 boards and 10 blocks in Winthrop’s upset win over Mississippi State on Nov. 20. She has 13 double-doubles on the year
and is No. 6 in the nation with 3.74 rejections per game. Nunn notched five first-place votes and 66 points, while Liberty’s Ashley Rininger pulled in four No. 1 votes and 52 points. Winthrop’s first-year head coach Kevin Cook finished second in the voting for Big South Coach of the Year which was awarded to Presbyterian College head coach Ronny Fisher. The Defensive Player of the Year award was received by High Point’s Parker who leads the nation in blocked shots.

Winthrop’s McClanahan earned a spot on the 2012-13 Big South Conference Women’s Basketball All-Academic Team as the exercise science major has compiled a 3.318 grade point average through her first five semesters at Winthrop.