Haynes-Overton highlights SoCon Postseason Awards
Haynes-Overton highlights SoCon Postseason Awards
Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Haynes-Overton named Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year; Schurr and Tarter also earn conference recognition

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Feb. 25, 2018) – The Southern Conference announced its postseason awards on Tuesday afternoon, as three Bucs were recognized by the league office.

Seniors Malloree Schurr (Montgomery, Texas) and Tianna Tarter (Johnson City, Tenn.) each earned awards, while freshman Erica Haynes-Overton (Nashville, Tenn.) highlighted the postseason awards for the Bucs earning a total of four individual awards.

Haynes-Overton swept Freshman of the Year honors by both the conference’s head coaches and media after leading all freshman in the SoCon, averaging 14.3 points per game. She is just the third ETSU player to be named conference freshman of the year, joining All-Americans DeShawne Blocker and Siarre Evans. The freshman garnered two SoCon Player of the Week Awards this season.

The freshman was also named the SoCon Defensive Player of the Year, leading the Bucs and the conference in steals. She’s fourth in the nation in steals and ranked fifth in steals per game. Earlier in the season, she tied an ETSU single-game record with 11 steals, which also ranks third in NCAA single-game records. The 11 steals are the most in a single game in the SoCon season. Haynes-Overton currently has 102 steals, setting and ETSU single-season record. The 5’5” freshman also is second on the team with 12 blocks.

It's the first time an ETSU player has been named defensive player of the year in the award’s 11-year history and stops a four-year run by Chattanooga.

Haynes-Overton was also named to the All-SoCon Second Team and the All-Freshman Team. On the All-SoCon coaches’ second team, Haynes-Overton is joined by Furman senior Cierra Carter, UNCG’s Ije Ajemba and Nadine Soliman and Wofford freshman Da’Ja Green. Samford’s Hannah Nichols was named to the media second team, replacing Green.

The coaches’ third team is made up  of Le’Jzae Davidson and Celena Taborn of Furman, Samford’s Nichols and Lakelyn Bouldin and Aryanna Gilbert of Chattanooga.

The coaches’ all-freshman team is comprised of ETSU’s Haynes-Overton, Furman’s Taborn, Chattanooga’s Bria Dial and Wofford’s Green and Jamari McDavid. Taborn’s 60-percent shooting effort from the floor led the league. Makaila Woolard of Samford was named to the media all-freshman team along with Haynes-Overton, Taborn, Green and McDavid.

Tianna Tarter was a First Team All-SoCon selection for the third straight year. She leads the Bucs with 17.9 points per game with 518 points, 141 rebounds, 127 assists and 84 steals. Throughout the season, Tarter has had 27 double-digit scoring performances, 10 games in which she’s scored 20 or more points, has been the Bucs leading scorer 15 times this season and was the Bucs’ leading rebounder five times, two of those times tallying 10 or more rebounds.

The Johnson City native is ETSU’s all-time career free throw leader with 422 career free throws, which she set against Furman on Feb. 17. She is also tied with Haynes-Overton for a single-game record of 11 steals. Tarter is joined on the All-SoCon coaches and media first team by SoCon Player of the Year Khalia Lawrence, Mercer teammates KeKe Calloway and Sydni Means, and Keiana Gilbert, a senior from Chattanooga.

Senior Malloree Schurr was voted the recipient of this year’s Ann Lashley Inspiration Award. The award is presented to a current women’s basketball player or coach at a Southern Conference institution who, when challenged by a life-altering situation, used grace, perseverance, dedication and determination to face the event and serve as a role model to give hope and inspiration to others in similar situations.

Schurr is a two-sport athlete playing both softball and basketball. In the spring of 2015, Schurr lost her father, who she considered her best friend. After basketball season, she went home for a week in Texas, but on her flight back to Johnson City, Tennessee, to begin the softball season, her father passed away. Schurr used softball as an outlet to cope with the stress and grief and showed tremendous strength during such a difficult and life-changing time. This past winter, Schurr and the Bucs played in front of many of Schurr’s family and friends at the University of Houston, her first time playing at home since the loss of her father.

The 2018 Southern Conference Women’s Basketball Championship presented by General Shale begins Thursday at the U.S. Cellular Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Semifinal action is set for Friday, and the tournament will culminate on Sunday at 12 p.m. with the women’s championship game. All women’s contests will be broadcast on ESPN3.

2018 SoCon Women’s Basketball Coaches Awards

 

First-Team All-Conference

Tianna Tarter, ETSU, Sr.

KeKe Calloway, Mercer, Jr.

Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer, Sr.

Sydni Means, Mercer, Sr.

Keiana Gilbert, Chattanooga, Sr.

 

Second-Team All-Conference

Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU, Fr.

Cierra Carter, Furman, Sr.

Ije Ajemba, UNCG, Sr.

Nadine Soliman, UNCG, So.

De’Ja Green, Wofford, Fr.

 

Third-Team All-Conference

Le’Jzae Davidson, Furman, So.

Celena Taborn, Furman, Fr.

Hannah Nichols, Samford, Sr.

Lakelyn Bouldin, Chattanooga, Fr.

Aryanna Gilbert, Chattanooga, Sr.

 

All-Freshman Team

Erica-Haynes Overton, ETSU

Celena Taborn, Furman

Bria Dial, Chattanooga

Da’Ja Green, Wofford

Jamari McDavid, Wofford

 

Player of the Year

Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer, Sr.

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU, Fr.

 

Freshman of the Year

Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU

 

Coach of the Year

Susie Gardner, Mercer

 

Ann Lashley Inspiration Award

Malloree Schurr, ETSU, Sr.

 

2018 SoCon Women’s Basketball Media Awards

 

First-Team Media All-Conference

Tianna Tarter, ETSU, Sr.

KeKe Calloway, Mercer, Jr.

Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer, Sr.

Sydni Means, Mercer, Sr.

Keiana Gilbert, Chattanooga, Sr.

 

Second-Team Media All-Conference

Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU, Fr.

Cierra Carter, Furman, Sr.

Ije Ajemba, UNCG, Sr.

Nadine Soliman, UNCG, So.

Hannah Nichols, Samford, Sr.

 

Media All-Freshman Team

Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU

Celena Taborn, Furman

Makaila Woolard, Samford

De’Ja Green, Wofford

Jamari McDavid, Wofford

 

Media Player of the Year

Kahlia Lawrence, Mercer, Sr.

 

Media Freshman of the Year

Erica Haynes-Overton, ETSU

 

Media Coach of the Year

Susie Gardner, Mercer

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