Story from the Great South Athletic Conference Office.
Highlighting the awards ceremony was Salem’s Satavia Taylor accepting Player of the Year honors for the second consecutive season. Trinity Washington’s Blessing Hayes claimed Freshman of the Year status while head coach Doug Carter of Maine-Presque Isle collected the Coach of the Year designation from his peers.
A total of 19 student-athletes earned recognition as Academic All-Conference members. Here’s the complete list of recipients.
Satavia Taylor (pictured at right), a senior guard / forward from Chicago, Ill., won her second straight GSAC Player of the Year award after guiding the Spirits to a 19-4 record and the top seed in the conference tournament. There’s little Taylor doesn’t do on the court, as evidenced by her league leading 23.3 points per game to go along with a conference-tops in blocked shots with 48. Adding to Taylor’s legend were her league-best field goals made (200), three-pointers made (65), and her top-5 conference rank in major categories like rebounds (8.8 per game) and steals (3.2 per game).
Blessing Hayes, a freshman forward from Washington, D.C., enjoyed a stellar first-year campaign that saw her ranked among the league-leaders in several major categories. Hayes averaged a double-double a game, displaying her workmanlike efforts around the glass with an average of 11.5 points and 11.6 rebounds per game. Her points average and field goal percentage (40.7) both ranked 12th in the conference and her rebounding prowess was only topped by one player in the league. The Tigers certainly look forward to a future with Hayes in the everyday fold.
Maine-Presque Isle Head Coach Doug Carter guided the Owls to a 17-6 overall record and the fourth seed in the GSAC Tournament in his first year at the helm of the Owls’ program. Carter joined the Owls in September from University of the Cumberlands (UC). During the past two seasons under Carter’s guidance, UC was ranked nationally as high as #5 in NAIA Division I Basketball, winning the regular season and Mid-South Conference (MSC) championships in 2012. During that span, UC beat fourteen teams ranked in the NAIA top 25 and this past season, UC lost in the NAIA National Championship Tournament to the eventual National Champions, Westmont College, 63-58.
Morgan Cooper of Agnes Scott
Marissa Burke of Finlandia
Hailey Gervais of Finlandia
Olivia McNally of Maine-Presque Isle
Ari DeJesus of Pine Manor
Alexis Lee of Pine Manor
Jasmine Shabazz of Salem
Satavia Taylor of Salem
Ashley Brown of Trinity Washington
Jasmine Davis of Wesleyan
Care Bacon of Agnes Scott
Kristin Thompson of Maine-Presque Isle
Jayva Johnson of Pine Manor
Maria Vaughan of Pine Manor
Blessing Hayes of Trinity Washington
Tiger Juniors Ashely Brown, Myesha Green and Freshman Jamila Williams all earned double-doubles in this afternoons game against the Gators. Brown scored 21 points and posted 14 rebounds, Green scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, and Williams posted 15 points and 12 rebounds.
For Pine Manor, Jayva Johnson hit a double-double earning 17 points and 13 rebounds, while Alexis Lee posted 20 points.
Trinity shot 36.5 from the floor, 36.4 from the arc, and 58.3 from the line, which were all big improvements from yesterdays quarterfinal game. With the lead changing four times during the game, Trinity put up quite a fight against number two seed Pine Manor.
This ends the season for the Tigers as they go out with a record of 9-10. Tomorrow’s GSAC final will be held at 1pm at the Trinity Center as Pine Manor and Salem College battle for the 2014 GSAC title.
The win came from a tremendous team effort as five of Trinity’s seven players scored in the double digits. Junior, Ashley Brown led the Tigers earning a double-double with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Nationally ranked Freshman, Blessing Hayes posted 17 rebounds and earned 11 points.
For Finlandia, Marissa Burke posted an incredible 25 points and 15 rebounds, while teammate Brierra Ruska hit 21 points.
Fourteen minutes into the game, Trinity took the lead 11-9 and didn’t give it up the rest of the game allowing Finlandia to tie it up only three times. Trinity shot 36.6 percent from the floor, 29.6 percent from the arc, 42.1 percent from the line.
Trinity will play the winner of quarterfinal game three (Pine Manor vs Wesleyan) at 3pm tomorrow afternoon for the semi-final.
ATLANTA, Ga. – The Great South Athletics Conference announced the winter and spring sports Players of the Week for contests played February 17 -23 and, following voting by the league sports information directors, Trinity Washington’s Shelby Swann won Women’s Basketball Player of the Week.
GSAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week – Shelby Swan of Trinity Washington
Swann (pictured at left) enjoyed an outstanding game last Tuesday, playing a crucial role in the Tigers win versus College of Notre Dame Maryland (85-19). Swann tallied an incredibly efficient 25 points, six assists, and six steals. Twelve of her points came from behind the arc as her 3-point shooting was 80 percent. In the win, Swann scored almost 30 percent of the Tigers total points.
The GSAC sports information directors nominate Player of the Week candidates and then vote on the top two nominees in each sport as selected by the conference office. Player of the Week voting occurs on Tuesdays and the weekly announcement of the winners is released each Wednesday morning.
Washington, DC- During the regular season, Hayes averaged 12.1 rebounds per game earning her a rank of 16 in NCAA Division III national basketball statistics. Blessing is also ranked 122nd for steals per game averaging 2.44, and 135th in double-doubles with a total of eight.
Hayes, a native of Washington, DC graduated high school from The S.E.E.D. School of Washington, DC. She is the only player at Trinity to be ranked in the national statistics this year.
Washington, DC- Trinity will be the host site for this year’s 2014 Great South Athletic Conference Basketball Championship – Friday, February 28-Sunday, March 2. This is the first time Trinity has been selected to host such an event. There will be 7 schools from across the country that will be taking part in the tournament this weekend. First round games will take place at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm on Friday. Trinity’s basketball team will play their first round game Friday at 2pm. The winner of this tournament gets an automatic bid to the NCAA National Tournament.
Washington, DC- The Tigers won their last regular season game yesterday evening versus College of Notre Dame Maryland in Baltimore, Maryland (85-19). This is the biggest margin Trinity has beaten another team this season.
Juniors Ashley Brown and Shelby Swan stood out, scoring over half of the points for Trinity. Brown posted 25 points and 10 rebounds while Swan earned 24 points and had 6 steals. Junior Myeesha Green also stood out earning an outstanding 17 rebounds and scoring 11 points for the Tigers.
The Gators couldn’t keep up with the Tigers, shooting only 20 percent in field goals and 7.1 percent from the line. Shaun-de Brown earned a double-double for College of Notre Dame posting 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Tigers had the lead (47-8) after the first half, leaving the Gators in the dust. The Gators had no opportunity to catch up scoring only 11 points in the second half.
Trinity Women’s Basketball will play again at the Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) tournament which will be held at Trinity’s own Trinity Center. Stay tunes for tournament seeding and game times.
Washington, DC- Trinity Basketball put up a strong fight before falling to Bryn Athyn 57-63 on Saturday afternoon at Bryn Athyn’s Asplundh Fieldhouse.
Juniors Myeesha Green and Shelby Swan set the pace for the Tigers with 14 points each; Green also posted 9 rebounds for the Tigers. Freshman Blessing Hayes earned another double-double posting 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The first half ended with the Tigers down by two points (28-30) with the lead changing four times. Trinity earned 15 of those points from behind the arc with Myeesha Green earning nine of them.
The Lions came out strong second half only allowing two more three-pointers for the Tigers. With the Tigers only shooting 32.3 percent in field goals and the Lions making 42.9 percent second half, the lead spread for Bryn Athyn as they ended the game six points ahead of Trinity. This loss brings the Tigers record down to 7-9.
The Tigers return to action for their last in season game 7:oopm Tuesday evening February 18th at College of Notre Dame Maryland.
Washington, DC- Tigers lose a close game yesterday evening 64-60 against Christendom College at Christendom.
Juniors Ashley Brown and Myeesha Green lead the Tigers posting 13 and 12 points respectively while Freshman Blessing Hayes led the team in rebounds earning 10.
Morgan Kavanagh earned 29 points for the Crusaders and Mary Barable posted 14 points; they were the only two players for Christendom who scored in the double digits.
Trinity was down by only two points in the first half, but unfortunately couldn’t make up the gap to close the game in the second half. Christendom out shot the Tigers 42.3 percent to 32.3 percent in field goals.
Trinity returns to action this Saturday, February 15th, playing Bryn Athyn College in Bryn Athyn at 4pm.
Juniors Ashley Brown and Myesha Green led the Tigers in points posting 15 and 12 points respectively, however it wasn’t enough to get a win for the Tigers (81-46).
For the Shock, Ebonie Ellison earned a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Three more players scored in the double digits for Washington Adventist; Courtney Cayard with 19, Re’gene Watson 14, and Rashawnda Carter with 17.
Trinity had a hard time keeping up with the Shock only shooting 19.4 percent in field goals and 23.1 percent in three pointers, while Adventist shot 50.9 percent in field goals and a whopping 75 percent in three pointers.
The Tigers leave with a record of 7-7 going into their next game versus Christendom at Christendom, Tuesday, February 11th at 6:00pm.