USA South 2018-19 Women's Basketball Awards Announced

USA South 2018-19 Women's Basketball Awards Announced

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2018-19 All-Conference awards for women's basketball. Piedmont College's Amari Price was named the Player of the Year while the Mary Baldwin University duo of Leah Calhoun and Ross James collected Rookie of the Year and Coach of the Year accolades, respectively. 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 immediately following the conclusion of the first semifinal contest.

Price, a Hiram, Georgia junior guard becomes the first Piedmont women's basketball player to earn an individual year-end USA South honor. She concluded the regular season with a League-high 156 assists, shattering Piedmont's program record for single-season helpers. Price was a consistent box-score-stuffer as she averaged 15.4 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds, 2.7 steals and an assist/turnover ratio of 1.6 per game. She was third in the Conference making 39.6% of her three-point attempts and seventh with an overall field goal percentage of 49%. This is Price's second consecutive All-Conference nod as she earns First Team All-Conference and First Team West Division honors to go along with Second Team West Division accolades a year ago. Finally, she was named USA South Player of the Week once this season.

Calhoun, a Churchville, Virginia freshman guard, becomes the first Fighting Squirrel to earn an individual year-end USA South women's basketball honor. She led all Conference rookies during the regular season averaging 16.7 points, 6.1 defensive rebounds and 2.3 steals per game. Among all USA South performers, Calhoun was third in defensive rebounding, third in scoring, fourth in steals and tenth in total rebounding. She becomes just the fifth Mary Baldwin women's basketball student-athlete to collect USA South All-Conference honors as she was named First Team East Division. Finally, Calhoun was named USA South Player of the Week once and USA South Rookie of the Week twice this season.

James, in his second season as the head of the Fighting Squirrels, becomes the first coach at Mary Baldwin to be named a USA South Coach of the year in any sport. He has led Mary Baldwin to a 17-9 overall record, just the fourth winning season in program history (first since 2003-04), and a 10-8 mark in USA South play. The Fighting Squirrels have improved their performance by 15 wins so far from a season ago. The 17 overall wins are currently tied for the second-most in school history and most since the 2003-04 squad while the ten Conference wins were the most since joining the USA South. Picked to finish eighth in the East Division, James' team placed fourth and earned the right to host a USA South Women's Basketball Tournament game for the first time since joining the Conference. With a 114-108, overtime, win over N.C. Wesleyan in that first round contest, the Fighting Squirrels collected the program's first USA South tournament victory.

 

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

Amari Price
Piedmont

Leah Calhoun
Mary Baldwin

Ross James
Mary Baldwin
 

The 2018-19 USA South Women's Basketball All-Conference Team: 

First Team All-Conference
Brooke Carthon, Averett
T.I. Duncan, Huntingdon
Amari Price, Piedmont
Kimberly Schuh, Meredith
Klaire Varney, Maryville
       
First Team East Division Second Team East Division First Team West Division Second Team West Division
Leah Calhoun, Mary Baldwin
Brooke Carthon, Averett
Mikayla Ray, William Peace
Kimberly Schuh, Meredith
A'Liyah Woods, Greensboro
Brooke Anders, Mary Baldwin
Khadijah Daniels, William Peace
Kayla Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan
Katie Lewis, Greensboro
Alixis Roccia, Averett
T.I. Duncan, Huntingdon
Marilauren Farr, LaGrange
Briana Lanham, Berea
Amari Price, Piedmont
Klaire Varney, Maryville
Garis Grant, Agnes Scott
Joanna Smith, Covenant
Shaonica Thomas, Huntingdon
Bailee Vanover, Berea
Bethanie Williams, Berea
       
All-Sportsmanship
Emma Olson, Agnes Scott
Alixis Roccia, Averett
Bailee Vanover, Berea
Annalee Bollinger, Brevard
Rachel Thomas, Covenant
Lauren Jenkins, Greensboro
T.I. Duncan, Huntingdon
Riley Chlupacek, LaGrange
Nicole Blackburn, Mary Baldwin
Kelley Wandell, Maryville
Caroline Coleman, Meredith
Logan Lee, Methodist
Weslie Young, N.C. Wesleyan
A'Mya McClain, Pfeiffer
Rachel Irby, Piedmont
Aaliyah Webb, Salem
Paloma Rios, Wesleyan
Manazia Merriett, William Peace