USA South 2016-17 Women's Basketball Awards Announced

USA South 2016-17 Women's Basketball Awards Announced

(FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.) - The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2016-17 All-Conference awards for women's basketball. Ferrum College's Zarkia Mattox was named the Player of the Year while her coach Bryan Harvey earned Coach of the Year honors. Agnes Scott College's Garis Grant collected Rookie of the Year accolades to conclude the individual honors. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team consisting of one member from each competing school.

All awards are voted on by the women's basketball coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The first team all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches. The awards will be presented to individuals from teams competing in the semifinals of the USA South Women's Basketball tournament and take place on Friday, February 24 immediately following the conslusion of the first semifinal contest.

Mattox, a Rocky Mount, Virginia junior guard collects the second USA South individual award of her career as she was also the 2015 Conference Rookie of the Year. Mattox currently leads the Conference in scoring, averaging 21.8 points per game while also adding 10.6 rebounds per contest which ranks third in the League. She also tops in the USA South in field goals made (203), free throws made (107), steals (73), points (522) and points-per-40 minutes (25.8). Mattox has scored in double-figures in every game she played this season including a high of 48 points in a victory over Bridgewater. The 48 points set a new single-game program record and is the third-highest scoring output in all of Division III this season. In that same game, Mattox tallied the first triple-double in Ferrum's Division III history. For her efforts that week, she was named to the National Team of the Week. In addition to her one triple-double, Mattox has accumulated 12 double-doubles this season. Mattox earns her third career all-conference honor, garnering First Team All-Conference accolades for the second consecutive season after being named to the second team following her first campaign. She also collected USA South First Team All-East Division accolades this winter. Finally, Mattox accumulated six USA South Player of the Week honors this year.

Grant, a Charleston, South Carolina first-year forward, becomes the first Scottie, in any sport, to earn a USA South individual honor in the program's brief history in the Conference. She played and started each game for Agnes Scott and averaged a double-double of 17.6 points and 10.8 rebounds per game while tallying 13 double-doubles during the season. Her scoring average currently ranks third while her rebound average is second in the Conference. In one week during the year, Grant set two single-game program records when she scored 33 points against Salem and grabbed 24 rebounds three days later versus Wesleyan. For her efforts that week, she was named the NCAA Division III United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week. Finally, Grant collects USA South First Team All-West Division honors after being named USA South Player of the Week once and Rookie of the Week three times this season.

Harvey, in his 12th season as the head of the Panthers, collects his fifth-career USA South Coach of the Year honor. Harvey took his team to the program's sixth USA South Regular Season title as the Panthers posted a 12-2 Conference mark to claim the East Division championship. In the Conference preseason coaches poll Ferrum was picked to finish second in the division. The Panthers have now posted 12 or more Conference wins each year since the 2006-07 season. Overall, Ferrum has compiled a 17-8 record which includes a victory in December over defending USA South champion, Maryville. Harvey now takes his team into the USA South Women's Basketball Tournament as the top-seed of the East Division.


Player of the Year Rookie of the Year Coach of the Year

Zarkia Mattox

Garis Grant
Agnes Scott

Bryan Harvey

The 2016-17 USA South Women's Basketball All-Conference Team:


First Team All-Conference
Lauren Biliter, Maryville
Samm Chandler, Averett
Allyson Freiermuth, Maryville
Juliette Harp, Huntingdon
Zarkia Mattox, Ferrum


First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
Samm Chandler, Averett
Nadine Ealey, William Peace
Jessi Hayes, Meredith
Zarkia Mattox, Ferrum

Christian Sanders, Methodist
Frida Lundquist, Averett
Tyler Mercer, William Peace
Kechae Parker, N.C. Wesleyan

Makayla Ray, William Peace
Timyra Staton, N.C. Wesleyan

Brianna Barrett, Piedmont
Lauren Biliter, Maryville
Allyson Freiermuth, Maryville 

Garis Grant, Agnes Scott
Juliette Harp, Huntingdon

Rachel Hawn, Maryville
Mikayla Seivers, Salem
Sabrina Shepherd, Salem
Joanna Smith, Covenant
Haley Talbott, Maryville 


Anna Weimerskirch, Agnes Scott
Jonna Koski, Averett
Alex Quimby, Covenant
Taylor Atkinson, Ferrum
Kylee Barry, Greensboro
Mackenzie Garmany, Huntingdon
Jeris Johnson, LaGrange
Nicole Blackburn, Mary Baldwin
Lecretia Robbins, Maryville
Maddie Gladwell, Meredith
Allison Dones, Methodist
Timyra Staton, N.C. Wesleyan
Erin Clifford, Piedmont
Alexiahonna Bush, Salem
Alexis Russell, Wesleyan
Susannah Sykes, William Peace

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