GSU, Tech represented on LSWA WBB Team

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LSU senior forward Ayana Mitchell and LSU-Shreveport junior guard DeAuja Thompson were voted Co-Player of the Year by the membership of the Louisiana Sports Writers Association released on Monday.

Louisiana College guard ZyUnn Cormier was named the state Freshman of the Year while LSU forward Awa Trasi was voted the Newcomer of the Year. LSU-Eunice’s Jaime Gonzales is the state Coach of the Year.

Mitchell and Thompson each picked up nine votes in the POY voting to share the top honor in the state. Mitchell averaged 13.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game for the Tigers while earning second team All-SEC honors. She was one of 10 finalists for the Katrina McClain Award and was a Top 30 Senior CLASS Award candidate.

Thompson was named the Red River Athletic Conference Player of the Year and was a third team NAIA All-American after averaging 16.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for the Pilots.

Cormier edged out a couple of other state players for the Freshman of the Year award. She averaged 15.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for Louisiana College while being named the American Southwest Conference East Division Freshman of the Year.

Trasi, a transfer from Northwest Florida State College, ran away with the Newcomer of the Year voting, picking up 20 of the 25 votes. She averaged 6.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for the Tigers. Over the last nine games of the year – all starts – she averaged 10.4 points and 4.8 rebounds per game, including a career-high 22 points in a win over Tennessee.

In his first year with the program, Gonzales led LSU-Eunice to a 21-7 record and captured the school’s third straight Louisiana Community College Athletic Conference (LCCAC) regular season title. The team won their first Region 23 game in program history, their first postseason win since 2009.

itchell and Thompson were joined on the 5-person first team by guard Ava Jones (LSU-Eunice), guard Kelsey Thaxton (LSU-Alexandria) and forward Krystal Freeman (Tulane).

The second team was comprised of guard Kaila Anthony (Loyola-New Orleans), forward Ty’Reona Doucet (UL-Lafayette), guard Rehema Franklin (New Orleans), guard Khayla Pointer (LSU) and Faustine Aifuwa (LSU).

Third team members include guard Amber Dixon (Louisiana Tech), forward Damilola Balogun (McNeese State), Cormier (Louisiana College), guard Justice Coleman (Grambling State) and center Alexandria Pollard (Bossier Parish Community College).

Seven players from around the state earned honorable mention accolades, including Kira Bonner (Northwestern State), Arsula Clark (Tulane), Ciera Daniels (LSU-Alexandria), Gara Beth Self (ULM), Celica Sterling (Southeastern LA), Kendriana Washington (LSU-Alexandria) and Asia Woods (New Orleans).

FIRST TEAM

Ayana Mitchell (LSU), R-Senior, Forward, Conyers, Ga.

Stats: 13.0 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.3 spg, 0.7 apg, 0.3 bpg,

Honors: Second Team All-SEC... SEC Community Service Team… Top 10 Finalist for

Katrina McClain Award (Basketball HOF Starting Five awards program – forward)…

Top 30 Senior CLASS Award candidate… Wooden Award and Naismith Trophy

Preseason Watch Lists… LSWA Player of the Week (Jan. 23)… Junkanoo Jam Bimini

Division All-Tournament Team

DeAuja Thompson (LSU-Shreveport), Junior, Guard, Columbus, Ohio

Stats: 16.6 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2 APG, 40 STL, 26 BLK, 41% 3p

Honors: RRAC Women’s Player of the Year, 1st Team All-RRAC, NAIA 3rd Team All-

American

Ava Jones (LSU-Eunice), Sophomore, Guard, Carencro, La.

Stats: 17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.6 apg, 2.8 spg,

Honors: LCCAC Player of the Year, First-Team All-LC-CAC, All-Defensive Team LCCAC, All-Region 23 Team

Kelsey Thaxton (LSU-Alexandria), Sophomore, Guard, Many, La.

Stats: 20.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.4 apg,

Honors: First Team All-Red River Athletic Conference, Honorable Mention NAIA All-

America, NAIA National Player of the Week (Feb. 4), 3X RRAC Player of the Week

Krystal Freeman (Tulane), Junior, Forward, Pineville, La

Stats: 15.0 ppg., 7.7 rpg., 1.3 apg.

Honors: Second Team All-American Athletic Conference

SECOND TEAM

Kaila Anthony (Loyola-New Orleans), G/F, Senior, Pflugerville, Texas

Stats: 14.8 ppg; 4.7 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.6 spg,

Honors: SSAC Player of the Year… SSAC First Team All-Conference… SSAC All-

Academic… SSAC Player of the Week... Jesuit National Player of the Week (2x).

Ty’Reona Doucet (UL-Lafayette), Junior, Forward, Ville Platte, La

Stats: 12.6 ppg., 7.6 rpg., 1.34 bpg, 1.0 apg.

Honors: All-Sun Belt Second Team

Rehema Franklin (New Orleans), Senior, Guard, New Orleans, La

Stats: 14.1 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 1.1 APG, 1.9 SPG

Honors: All-Southland Conference Third Team Selection, Two-time winner of Southland Athlete of the Week

Khayla Pointer (LSU), Junior, Guard, Marietta, Ga.

Stats: 14.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.7 apg, 2.1 spg,

Honors: Second Team All-SEC… SEC Player of the Week (Feb. 4)… LSWA Player of the Week (Feb. 4, Feb. 18)… Junkanoo Jam Bimini Division MVP and All-Tournament Team

Faustine Aifuwa (LSU), R-Junior, Center, Dacula, Ga.

Stats: 10.9 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 2.1 bpg, 0.6 spg, 0.5 apg

Honors: SEC All-Defensive Team

THIRD TEAM

Amber Dixon (LA Tech), Junior, Guard, Arlington, Texas

Stats: 12.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg,

Damilola Balogun (McNeese State), Senior, Forward, Lagos Nigeria

Stats: 11.1 ppg., 10.5 rpg.

Honors: All-SLC (2nd team)

ZyUnn Cormier (Louisiana College), Freshman, Guard, Duncanville, Texas

Stats: 15.9 PTS, 4.8 REB, 1.0 AST, 1.5 STL

Honors: American Southwest Conference East Division Freshman of the Year, ASC All-Freshman Team member, All-ASC East Division Honorable Mention

Justice Coleman (Grambling State), Junior, Guard, Baton Rouge, La

Stats: 15 ppg., 4.8 rpg., 1.8 apg.

Honors: Second Team All-SWAC

Alexandria Pollard (Bossier Parish CC), Sophomore, Center, Houston, Texas

Stats: 13.1 ppg., 10.6 rpg., 3.6 bpg.

Honors: NJCAA Region XIV All-Conference, LSWA Player-of-the-Week