Lady Eagles Place Four On All-SAC Teams
ROCK HILL, S.C. – The No. 22
Carson-Newman Lady Eagles saw four of their players named to the
2009-10 All-South Atlantic Conference Teams. The announcement was
made on Friday morning by the SAC office as a part of the 2010 Food
Lion SAC Tournament.
“I am extremely proud of these young ladies,” said Head Coach Dean Walsh. "These honors are well-deserved, but they are more focused on what we have left to do than individual achievement.”
Senior forward Shari Buford (Hampton, Ga.) was selected to the first team while guards senior Ashley Kyle (Jefferson City, Tenn.) and junior Mandy Mendenhall (Kingston Springs, Tenn.) received second-team honors.
Buford is averaging 12.7 points and 10.4 rebounds per game and is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. Kyle leads the team in scoring (14.1 ppg) and assists (5.0 apg) while Mendenhall is putting up 13.7 points per contest and has hit a team-high 40 three-point field goals on the season.
“It’s great to be honored as an individual, but we want to do well as a team and to win the (tournament) championship this weekend,” added Buford.
“It’s really good accomplishment,” said Kyle. “We need to take it further and win the SAC tournament and do well in the region.”
“I’m glad that I got chosen but I just want to do my best to help the team win,” said Mendenhall.
Candis Clear (Memphis, Tenn.) was named to the SAC All-Freshman Team as well.
“It was a big surprise when I found out,” said Clear. “I’m really grateful that I was chosen but I am more focused on the team succeeding than individual honors.”
Buford was named statistical champion for blocks per game (3.19) and Kyle led the SAC this year in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.03).
Carson-Newman was the statistical champion in four categories. The Lady Eagles led the league in scoring offense (78.9 ppg), field goal percentage (43.9 %), steals (12.37 spg) and blocks (6.0 bpg.).
2009-10 All-South Atlantic Conference Teams
ALL-SAC FIRST TEAM
Shari Buford, Carson-Newman
Dana Hicks, Catawba
Brittany Mitch, Lenoir-Rhyne
Anita Bulcher, Newberry
Jasmine Gunn, Tusculum
Kurie Washington, Wingate
ALL-SAC SECOND TEAM
Ashley Kyle, Carson-Newman
Mandy Mendenhall, Carson-Newman
Amber Holt, Lenoir-Rhyne
Cameron Sealey, Lenoir-Rhyne
Brittini Young, Mars Hill
Helen McKinney, Newberry
Candis Clear, Carson-Newman
Precious Elkins, Lenoir-Rhyne
Amy Browne, Newberry
Kendal Baxter, Tusculum
Sarah Wollett, Wingate
COACH OF THE YEAR: Todd Starkey, Lenoir-Rhyne; Sean Page, Newberry
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jasmine Gunn, Tusculum
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Amy Browne, Newberry
SAC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE: Anita Bulcher, Newberry
Points Per Game - Brittini Young, Mars Hill College, 22.0
Rebounds Per Game - Anita Bulcher, Newberry College, 11.9
Field Goal Percentage - Catherine Hintz, Tusculum College, .587
Assists Per Game - Jessica Bearzatto, Newberry College, 5.31
Steals Per Game - Jasmine Gunn, Tusculum College , 3.08
3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Whitley Brooke, Catawba College, .442
3-Pointers Per Game - Kendal Baxter, Tusculum College, 3.20
Blocked Shots Per Game - Shari Buford, Carson-Newman College, 3.19
Free Throw Percentage - Carolyn Mills, Lincoln Memorial University, .893
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Ashley Kyle, Carson-Newman College, 2.03
Team Scoring Offense - Carson-Newman College, 78.9
Team Field Goal Percentage - Carson-Newman College, .439
Team Steals - Carson-Newman College, 12.37
Team Blocked Shots - Carson-Newman College, 6.0
Team Field Goal Percentage Defense - Wingate University, .366
Team 3-Point Field Goal Percentage - Lincoln Memorial University, .369
Team Free Throw Percentage - Lincoln Memorial University, .758
Team Assists - Newberry College, 15.85
Team Scoring Defense - Newberry College, 61.5
Team Rebounding - Newberry College, 44.4
Team Assist-to-Turnover Ratio - Newberry College, 0.96