Four from women’s basketball collect SoCon accolades
Serena Clark, Destiny Mitchell, Shamauria Bridges, and Tianna Tarter each earned SoCon postseason awards.
Four from women’s basketball collect SoCon accolades
Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Clark, Mitchell and Bridges each earn Second-Team honors; Tarter lands on All-Freshmen team

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (March 3, 2015) – A group of four ETSU women’s basketball student-athletes collected Southern Conference postseason awards as selected by the league’s head coaches and media, the conference office announced Tuesday.

Senior forward Serena Clark (Stone Mountain, Ga.) was named Second-Team All-Conference by both the SoCon head coaches and media, while senior forward Destiny Mitchell (Bluffton, Ga.) was picked by the coaches as a Second Team honoree and sophomore guard Shamauria Bridges (Miramar, Fla.) a member of the Second Team tabbed by the media. In addition, freshman point guard Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) was selected to the All-Freshmen Team by both the league coaches and media.

Clark, a preseason All-SoCon pick, has turned in an impressive senior campaign with season averages of 10.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Additionally, in conference play, Clark has posted a near double-double of 10.7 points and 9.9 rebounds a contest. The forward has also recorded a team-high nine double-doubles this season including three in the past month. Clark’s season rebound mark is also third-best in the conference and her 1.5 blocks per game is fourth-best in the league.

Mitchell has joined with Clark this season to create a formidable duo in the post for the Bucs. The conference’s leading rebounder at 9.1 per game, the senior has also chipped in 11.0 points per game over the course of the season in which she has recorded seven double-doubles. The No. 8 all-time leading scorer in ETSU women’s basketball history, Mitchell has been a force in league action with 10.9 points and 9.1 rebounds a contest. The Georgia native is also second in the SoCon in field goal percentage at 57 percent per game.

Bridges is ETSU’s leading scorer for the year with 13.1 points per game including multiple games with 20 points or more. The sharpshooting guard is currently tied for first in the conference with 2.7 three-point makes a game and has averaged a team-best 12.4 points a contest in SoCon play.

Tarter has enjoyed a stellar freshman season with averages of 12.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 2.0 steals per game. In conference action, the Johnson City native has continued her production with 11.4 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 3.7 assists a contest. As a freshman, Tarter ranks among the top-10 in the SoCon in seven separate categories, highlighted by second-best in the league in assists per game.

Mercer senior guard Precious Bridges was named Player of the Year while her teammate Kahlia Lawrence was selected as Freshman of the Year. Chattanooga’s Jim Foster was picked as Coach of the Year. Each of these awards were tabbed by both the league’s coaches and media.

 

2015 SoCon Women’s Basketball Awards

First-Team All-Conference
Precious Bridges, Mercer
Chelsey Shumpert, Chattanooga
Whitney Bunn, Furman
Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga
Brittany Hodges, Furman

Second-Team All-Conference
Serena Clark, ETSU
Hannah Nichols, Samford
Destiny Mitchell, ETSU
Taylor Reece, Samford
Justin Taylor, Western Carolina

All-Freshmen Team
Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer
Tianna Tarter, ETSU
Keiana Gilbert, Chattanooga
Cierra Carter, Furman
Destiney Elliott, Samford

Player of the Year
Precious Bridges, Mercer

Defensive Player of the Year
Alicia Payne, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year
Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer

Coach of the Year
Jim Foster, Chattanooga

Ann Lashley Inspiration Award
Kayla Freeman, Chattanooga

 

2015 SoCon Women’s Basketball Media Awards

First-Team Media All-Conference
Precious Bridges, Mercer
Jasmine Joyner, Chattanooga
Chelsey Shumpert, Chattanooga
Brittany Hodges, Furman
Whitney Bunn, Furman

Second-Team Media All-Conference
Lucy Mason, UNCG
Shamauria Bridges, ETSU
Hannah Nichols, Samford
Justin Taylor, Western Carolina
Serena Clark, ETSU

Media All-Freshmen Team
Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer
Keiana Gilbert, Chattanooga
Tianna Tarter, ETSU
Destiney Elliott, Samford
Cierra Carter, Furman

Media Player of the Year
Precious Bridges, Mercer

Media Freshman of the Year
Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer

Media Coach of the Year
Jim Foster, Chattanooga

 

The Blue & Gold will begin postseason play on Thursday, March 5, in the quarterfinals of the 2015 Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale. On Thursday, the No. 2 seed Bucs will take on the No. 7 seed Western Carolina Catamounts at 4:30 p.m. inside Kimmel Arena in Asheville, North Carolina. Click here for ticket information.

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