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Women's Basketball Lands Harvey, Cox and Rhoney on All-Conference Teams; Coach Thomas Selected as Coach of the Year

(From Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Coach Jill Thomas, Christina Harvey, Brittany Cox, Kellie Rhoney(From Left to Right, Top to Bottom) Coach Jill Thomas, Christina Harvey, Brittany Cox, Kellie Rhoney

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Conference Carolinas announces the 2012-13 Menís & Womenís Basketball All-Conference Teams, Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, and Freshmen of the Year award winners in conjunction with the Conference Carolinas Basketball Tournament Championships taking place this week at league institutions. Pfeiffer University was represented by on all three teams as well as the league's Coach of the Year.

Head Coaches from conference member schools nominate and then vote on the award winners who represent the best of the best for the conference. The conference championships started Monday with the top eight teams qualifying for quarterfinal action.† Semifinal play resumed Thursday (men) and Friday (women) with the championship finals on Saturday (men) and Sunday (women).† All games are played at the highest remaining seed with the tournament Champion receiving an automatic berth to the NCAA DII championships. Stay up to speed with all of your tournament information at the league championships website.

Womenís Player of the Year
Nyeshea Willie, Barton

Junior guard Nyeshea Willie has been Bartonís offensive catalyst to a fifth consecutive 20-win season by finishing the regular season ranked first in the conference and 18th nationally with 18.6 points per game. Willie also ranks in the top-10 of the conference with in free throw percentage at 84.1% (5th in the league/39th nationally), field goal percentage at 43.0% (7th/116th) and 2.31 steals per game (8th/91st).

Womenís Defensive Player of the Year
Elaine Morgan, Barton

Senior guard Elaine Morgan has been Bartonís defensive anchor ranking first in the league and sixth nationally with 3.73 steals per game for a Lady Bulldogs squad that tops the conference and ranks seventh in Division II in steals and 12th nationally in defensive points per game. Many of Morganís steals have led to transition points as she ranks third in the league with 5.0 assists per game (23rd nationally) and fourth in the conference with a +1.65 assist-turnover ratio (50th nationally).

Womenís Freshman of the Year
Morgan Midkiff, Belmont Abbey

Morgan Midkiff is the first Belmont Abbey player to earn Conference Freshman of the Year honors. The guard led the Abbey and all Conference Carolinas freshmen in scoring with a 13.4 points per game average. In 20 conference games, she was 12th overall in scoring average at 14.1 points per game. She led the team in scoring 11 times and posted a career-high of 26 in the win over Converse on January 3.

Womenís Coach of the Year
Jill Thomas, Pfeiffer

Coach Jill Thomas has led the Lady Falcons to the third-best season in school-history heading into the Conference Carolinas tournament semifinals on Friday night at 22-5. Under Thomas, the Lady Falcons led the league in total points (2,064), points per game (73.7), three-pointers made per game (8.9) and three-point percentage (35.6%). In 2012-2013, Thomas and the Lady Falcons have broken six school-records for team achievements in a game.

Womenís All-Conference 1st-Team
Nyeshea Willie, Barton
Tamara Nesmith, Mount Olive
Christina Harvey, Pfeiffer
Tia Williams, Limestone
Stephanie Hayes, Limestone,

Womenís All-Conference 2nd-Team
Brittany Cox, Pfeiffer
Maria Young, Limestone
Autumn Lau, Coker
Shonice Pettaway, Queens
Elaine Morgan, Barton

Womenís All-Conference 3rd Team
Kelsey Long, Belmont Abbey
Amber Lau, Coker
Kellie Rhoney, Pfeiffer
Alisha Hope, North Greenville
Shante Neal, Barton

Womenís Regular Season Champions
Limestone College

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