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Friday, March 4, 2016

NORFOLK, Va.  Hampton junior guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas was named the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, the conference announced today. Delaware State’s NaJai Pollard was selected as the Rookie of the Year, while Kailyn Williams from Bethune-Cookman earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor. Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis was selected the MEAC Coach of the Year.

 

All awards are voted on by the conference’s head women’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.

 

Tate-DeFreitas led the conference in scoring, averaging 21.4 points and was second in steals per game (2.6), after starting in all 29 games for the Lady Pirates. She ranked 7th nationally in field goal attempts and 18th in points per game. Tate-DeFreitas notched a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Bethune-Cookman. She also recorded five 30-point games this season. A six-time MEAC Player of the Week and the MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, Tate-DeFreitas totaled 205 rebounds, 77 assists and 76 steals.

 

Pollard averaged 11.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. She registered four 20-point games, including a career-high 26 points against Coppin State. An eight-time MEAC Rookie of the Week selection, Pollard played in all 29 games for the Lady Hornets and grabbed 234 rebounds with 153 off the defensive glass, and blocked 50 shots.

 

Williams, a six-time MEAC Defensive Player of the Week honoree, totaled 264 rebounds, including 169 off the defensive end, 35 steals and led the conference with 104 blocked shots in 29 games played for the Lady Wildcats. She posted nine double-doubles this season, including a triple-double with a season-high 12 blocked shots in a victory over North Carolina A&T State. Offensively, she scored a career-high 22 points, on 10-of-14 shooting, in a win over Morgan State.

 

Blair-Lewis was named Coach of the Year for the second time after guiding the Lady Wildcats to an 18-11 overall mark, including road wins over Western Carolina and North Florida. She led the team to a 12-4 conference mark.

 

Tate-DeFreitas and Williams are joined on the 2016 All-MEAC First Team by Florida A&M’s Khadejra Young, Maryland Eastern Shore’s Moengaroa Subritzky and Howard’s Victoria Gonzales

 

The 2016 regular season champion, regular season runners-up, first team members and top honorees, including Player, Rookie, Defensive and Coach of the Year selections, will be recognized in pre-game presentations prior to their first games of the 2016 MEAC Basketball Tournament. Tournament play tips-off March 7-12 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk, Virginia.

 

 

2015-16 Women’s Basketball All-MEAC Teams

As voted on by the conference’s Head Women’s Basketball Coaches and Sports Information Directors

 

Player of the Year: Malia Tate-DeFreitas, Hampton

Rookie of the Year: NaJai Pollard, Delaware State

Defensive Player of the Year: Kailyn Williams, Bethune-Cookman

Coach of the Year: Vanessa Blair-Lewis, Bethune-Cookman

 

First Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Malia Tate-DeFreitas

G

Jr.

Hampton

Harrisburg, Pa.

Khadejra Young

G

Sr.

Florida A&M

Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

Moengaroa Subritzky

G/F

r-So.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Auckland, New Zealand

Victoria Gonzales

F

Sr.

Howard

Atlanta, Ga.

Kailyn Williams

C

r-Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

New Orleans, La.

 

Second Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Kendra Cooper

G

Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Spring, Texas

Braennan Farrar

G

So.

Morgan State

St. Louis, Mo.

Sydni Johnson

G/F

Jr.

Howard

Homewood, Ill.

Olivia Antilla

F

Sr.

Florida A&M

Minneapolis, Minn.

Aprill McRae

C

Gr.

North Carolina A&T State

Raleigh, N.C.

 

Third Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Dana Brown

G

r-Jr.

North Carolina A&T State

Willow Springs, N.C.

Jasmine Knowles

G

r-Sr.

Bethune-Cookman

Romulus, Mich.

Taylor Houston

G/F

r-Jr.

Bethune-Cookman

Raleigh, N.C.

Kaylah Lupoe*

F

So.

Hampton

Phoenix, Ariz.

Janelle Lane*

F

Sr.

Coppin State

Baltimore, Md.

Tiyonda Davis

C

Jr.

Savannah State

Athens, Ga.

*Denotes Tie

All-Rookie Team

Name

Pos.

Cl.

School

Hometown

Ciani Byrom

G

Fr.

Maryland Eastern Shore

Winston-Salem, N.C.

K’lynn Willis

G

Fr.

Hampton

Detroit, Mich.

NaJai Pollard

F

Fr.

Delaware State

Richmond, Va.

Angel Golden

G

Fr.

Bethune-Cookman

Tampa, Fla.

Yazmen Hannah

G

Fr.

Norfolk State

Hickory, N.C.

 

 


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