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.