All-Sun Belt Women's Basketball Teams Announced

NEW ORLEANS - The nation's current leader in scoring headlines the 2013 Women's All-Sun Belt Women's Basketball Teams as FIU's Jerica Coley was tabbed as the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, as announced by the league office on Wednesday.

Coley, the 2012 SBC Player of the Year, has led the NCAA for over the past month in scoring with an amazing 26.1 points per game. In 29 games this season the junior has amassed 756 points along with 100 assists and 194 rebounds.

She became just the second Panther in program history to record 2,000 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists. Coley was named the SBC Player of the Week an FIU record four times and holds the FIU career record for Player of the Week honors (eight).

The St. Petersburg, Fla. native has scored in double figures in 27 consecutive games and has tallied 20 or more points 20 times this season alone.

Coley was one of two Panthers named to All-Conference teams this year as junior center Marita Davydova was named to the All-SBC Third Team.

Joining Coley on the First Team was the Middle Tennessee duo of Kortni Jones and Ebony Rowe and the WKU duo of Chastity Gooch and Alexis Govan. The All-SBC teams were voted on by the 11 head coaches and 11 members of the media.

Gooch, a sophomore, was also named the Defensive Player of the Year by the voters. Gooch, a 6'0" forward, averages a double-double per game. She pours in 16.0 points per game (5th in the SBC) and leads the SBC in rebounding (11.3).

Additionally, Gooch leads the SBC in blocked shots at 1.9 per game and ranks second overall with 2.5 steals per game. She ranks third nationally in double-doubles tallying 23 on the season.

Jones and Rowe were an effective one-two punch for the Blue Raiders this season. The duo helped lead MT to a 17-3 SBC record averaging 36.2 points per game combined. Jones and Rowe's teammate, Icelyn Elie, was named to the Second Team All-SBC.

Gooch's teammate, Govan, was tied for second overall in the SBC in scoring averaging 20.0 point per game. Govan is just the fourth player in program history to reach 500 points during a sophomore season on the Hill as she has helped lead WKU to one of the nation’s biggest turnarounds and a 20-win season.

North Texas' pair of freshman guards had an outstanding impact on the Mean Green's success this season as NT won 10 games in league play for the first time since the 2001-02 season. Both of those freshmen, Loryn Goodwin and Alexis Hyder, were named Third Team All-SBC. Goodwin was tabbed as the league's Freshman of the Year.

WKU's Michelle Clark-Heard picked up Coach of the Year honors after leading the Lady Toppers to one of the biggest single-season win improvements in the history of the SBC. WKU is one of five teams in league history to win 11 games more than they had in the previous season and one of two teams to win eight more conference games than the year before.

The Lady Toppers enter this week's tournament seeking their 10th SBC tournament title.

The Sun Belt Women’s Basketball Championship begins Friday, March 8 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The championship game will be contested Monday, March 11 at 1 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jerica Coley (FIU, Junior, Guard)

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chastity Gooch (WKU, Sophomore, Forward)

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Loryn Goodwin (North Texas, Freshman, Guard)

COACH OF THE YEAR

Michelle Clark-Heard, WKU

FIRST TEAM ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Jerica Coley (FIU, Junior, Guard)

Kortni Jones (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Guard)

Ebony Rowe (Middle Tennessee, Junior, Forward)

Chastity Gooch (WKU, Sophomore, Forward)

Alexis Govan (WKU, Sophomore, Guard)

SECOND TEAM ALL- SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Taylor Ford (UALR, Junior, Guard)

Jane Morrill (Arkansas State, Junior, Forward)

Chenise Miller (Florida Atlantic, RS-Junior, Forward)

Icelyn Elie (Middle Tennessee, Senior, Forward)

Joanna Harden (Troy, Junior, Guard)

THIRD TEAM ALL- SUN BELT CONFERENCE

Marita Davydova (FIU, Junior, Center)

Ashleigh Simmons (Louisiana-Monroe, Junior, Forward)

Loryn Goodwin (North Texas, Freshman, Guard)

Alexis Hyder (North Texas, Freshman, Forward)

Mary Nixon (South Alabama, Senior, Guard)


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