McClanahan voted Big South Player of the Year for 3rd season

Posted March 3, 2014 7:44 am | Filed under Featured, Sports, Winthrop Athletics, Winthrop Basketball
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Winthrop senior guard Dequesha McClanahan has been voted the Big South Conference’s Women’s Basketball 2014 Player of the Year for the third-straight season by the league’s head coaches and media panel, while freshman forward Erica Williams was tabbed for the BSC All-Conference Second Team and All-Freshman Team.

McClanahan (Oak Ridge, TN) is just the second player in Big South history to earn three-straight Big South Player of the Year nods. She also became the Conference’s all-time leading scorer this season with 2,192 career points. She is currently No. 7 in the nation and tops in the League with 6.90 assists per game, while ranking second in the Big South in scoring with 17.3 points per contest. Her 1.52 assist-to-turnover ratio is good for No. 2 in the Big South and on the defensive side of the ball, McClanahan is second in the Conference with 2.45 steals per game.

She has turned in nine 20-point games this season, to go along with nine double-doubles and six 10-assist games. She turned in a triple-double of 25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists on her Senior Day as Winthrop downed Campbell 82-56 this past Saturday. McClanahan picked up 11 first-place votes to finish with 272 points from the panel. Keys of High Point finished second in the voting with three first-place votes and 248 points. McClanahan was also named to the Big South’s All-Academic Team. She has maintained a 3.3 grade point average while majoring ikn exercise science.

Keys beat out Winthrop’s Williams for Freshman of the Year. She leads the conference in scoring with 17.3 points per game and led High Point to the regular season championship. Williams and Keys tied a conference record by being named the Big South Freshman of the Week seven times each. Williams (Rex, GA) is averaging 15.4 points and 7.7 rebounds, while shooting over 50 percent.

High Point head coach DeUnna Hendrix has been voted the 2013-14 Coach of the Year, while Campbell forward Kiera Gaines is the Defensive Player of the Year and Ashley Rininger of Liberty was voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the League’s sports information directors.

The complete list of postseason Big South Conference honors are as follows:

2013-14 Big South Conference Women’s Basketball Award Winners

First Team
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Kaylah Keys, High Point
Ashley Rininger, Liberty
Stacia Robertson, High Point
AJ Jordan, Coastal Carolina

Second Team
Catrina Green, Gardner-Webb
Roslyn Presley, Campbell
Kiera Gaines, Campbell
Erica Williams, Winthrop
Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian

Honorable Mention
Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop
Erin Bratcher, Charleston Southern
Ayana Avery, Radford
Angelica Henry, Coastal Carolina
Paige Love, UNC Asheville

All-Freshman
Kaylah Keys, High Point
Erica Williams, Winthrop
Mickayla Sanders, Liberty
DeAnnisha Jackson, High Point
Karsen Sims, Coastal Carolina (tie)
Simone Brown, Liberty (tie)

Player of the Year
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Freshman of the Year
Kayla Keys, High Point

Defensive Player of the Year
Kiera Gaines, Campbell

Coach of the Year
DeUnna Hendrix, High Point

All-Academic Team
Casey Elliot, Campbell
Kirklin Kirkpatrick, Charleston Southern
AJ Jordan, Coastal Carolina
Catrina Green, Gardner-Webb
Stacia Robertson, High Point
Jessica Parker, Longwood
Ashley Rininger, Liberty
Sherece Smith, Presbyterian College
Kiera McIvor, Radford
Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Ashley Rininger, Liberty

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