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Evans named A-Sun Player of the Year, Belcher tabbed Defensive Player of the Year
Tuesday, March 03, 2009
After receiving 2007 Freshman of the Year and First Team All-Conference accolades in each of her first three seasons, junior Siarre Evans (
Like Evans, fellow junior Latisha Belcher (
In addition to Evans and Belcher, junior TaRonda Wiles (
Evans led the conference and her team in both scoring (16.7) and rebounding (10.3), and was the only student-athlete in the A-Sun to average a double-double this season. The 5-11 guard/forward also posted a league-best 16 double-doubles on the year and won a pair of A-Sun Player of the Week honors - moving her career total to four. Evans scored in double figures 25 times this season and mounted 19 games with double figures in rebounds. In addition to leading the league in scoring and rebounding, Evans was tied for fourth in steals (2.2), ranked sixth in free throw shooting (75.0), eighth in 3-point field goals made (1.5), 14th in 3-point field goal percentage (32.8) and 15th in field goal percentage (43.6). Meanwhile, Evans also became the 16th player in Lady Buccaneer history to reach the 1000-point club and she now ranks seventh all-time on the ETSU scoring list with 1,283 career points. The
While Evans was busy scoring, Belcher was causing havoc on defense, as the
With Evans being selected Player of the Year, she became just the fifth Lady Buccaneer player to receive the accolade and the first since Tiffani Mayes won the 2005 SoCon honor. Belcher is only the second player to receive Defensive Player of the Year honors, with Nichelle Akers being the other ETSU player to earn the award.
Wiles joined Evans on the First Team All-Conference list, and it marked her second postseason award received since being at ETSU (2008 All-Tournament Team). Since joining the Lady Bucs in 2006-07, Wiles has greatly increased her production each and every year. This season, as a junior, Wiles averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 34.1 minutes of play. Like Evans and Belcher, Wiles has also started in all 28 games this season and ranks second in the conference in scoring and 15th in rebounding. Likewise, Wiles and Evans are only one of four tandems in the country to lead their respective leagues in scoring. The
Despite only being a rookie,
ETSU now takes its number one seed into the A-Sun Tournament and the Lady Bucs await the winner of Thursday's Mercer/Stetson match-up. The Lady Bucs tip off at noon (1 p.m. eastern) on Friday against either the Bears or Hatters.
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