CHATTANOOGA, TENN. (Feb. 28, 2005) - Lady Bucs senior forward Tiffani Mayes (Sumter, S.C.) has been selected as the Southern Conference Player of the Year, the announcement came from Chattanooga, Tenn., site of the 2005 Conference Championship Tournament beginning this Wednesday. Mayes led the SoCon in points all season long averaging 20.5 ppg. heading into tournament play, while the mark also ranked her as high as sixth in the nation this season. Also garnering all-conference first-team honors was Lady Bucs point guard B.J. Banjo (Baltimore, Md.) who posted a 15.5 ppg. average, led the Bucs with a 38.7 average from beyond the arc, and holds a team-high 81 percent average from the charity stripe.
"We are very proud of both Tiffani and B.J. They both worked extremely hard leading up to the season last summer and info the fall semester. Tt has shown with their outstanding performance on the court," Lady Bucs head coach Karen Kemp said.
Chattanooga's head coach Wes Moore captured Coach of the Year honors, while UNC Greensboro's Kristen Boone was named the SoCon Freshman of the Year.
The Bucs will face Appalachian State in opening round action from Chattanooga on Wednesday with a 2:30 p.m. start time. Pre-game coverage will begin on the Mountain States Health Alliance Buccaneer Sports Network beginning at 1:30 p.m.
The complete list of honorees is below:
First Team All-Southern Conference
Tiffani Mayes - ETSU
B.J. Banjo - ETSU
Katie Hamilton - Davidson
Katasha Brown - UTC
Jennifer Gardner - WCU
Tiffani Roberson - UTC
Jen Nadalin - Furman
Nicole Mattison - UTC
Patrice Bryant - College of Charleston
Tommi Paris - Furman
Kristen Boone - UNCG
Danielle Hemerka - Davidson
Chrissy Phelps - Furman
Laura Hall - UTC
Brooke Hand - UTC
Player of the Year: Tiffani Mayes - ETSU
Coach of the Year: Wes Moore - UTC
Freshman of the Year: Kristen Boone - UNCG