Bush, Wilkins Earn All-Mid-Con Honors
Wednesday, February 28, 2007


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2007 All-Mid-Continent Conference Teams


Cierra Bush

Holli Wilkins

SHREVEPORT, La. -- Sophomore Cierra Bush and senior Holli Wilkins both earned All-Mid-Continent Conference honors for the 2006-07 season, announced by the conference office Wednesday.

For the first time since joining the Mid-Con, Centenary placed two players on the all-conference team, headlined by Bush earning second team All-Mid-Con honors.

In a breakout season, Bush led all Centenary players in scoring in conference games this season. In 14 Mid-Con games, the Campti, La., native averaged 11.1 points per game to stand eighth in the conference in scoring. Also leading the Ladies in rebounds in conference games, Bush averaged 6.4 rebounds per game to sit ninth in the conference in boards.

Excelling around the basket on defense, Bush was fourth in the Mid-Con in blocks (0.93) and stood 10th in the conference in free-throw percentage (.776). She was third in the conference in 20-plus point games with six, leading the Ladies in scoring in seven conference games this season.

Wilkins, a guard from Evadale, Texas, earned honorable mention All-Mid-Con for the second consecutive season.

Providing leadership to a young Centenary team, Wilkins averaged 9.5 ppg. and 3.8 apg. in conference games this season. Wilkins, who led the conference in steals last season and became the all-time leader in career assists at Centenary, finished fifth in the conference in steals per game (1.83) and also averaged 0.75 blocks per game to stand fifth amongst all players in the conference.

She hit 88.6 percent of her free throw attempts in conference games, leading the league in free throw percentage in overall games (.800). Tied for fifth in assists (3.0 apg.), Wilkins was one of just six players to have a positive assists-to-turnover ratio (0.86).

Wilkins led the Ladies in scoring in 10 games this season, scoring a career-high 31 points against Texas-Pan American in the season-opener (Nov. 11). The 31 points was the second-most points scored by a Mid-Con player this season.

Elisha Turek of Oral Roberts earned Mid-Con Player of the Year honors, earning first team All-Mid-Con during all four seasons of her collegiate career. This season, Turek led the conference in scoring (17.8) and rebounding (10.8), breaking the Mid-Con record for career rebounds (1,121) during the course of this season. She was the only player in the conference to average a double-double, leading the conference with 15 double-doubles this season.

Winning Mid-Con Coach of the Year honors, Beckie Francis led Oakland University to the 2006-07 Mid-Con Regular Season Championship and the school’s best winning percentage in conference play (.857). This season, Oakland had a perfect record away from home (7-0) in conference play, finishing with a 12-2 conference record.

Jernisha Cann of IUPUI took home Mid-Con Defensive Player of the Year after leading the conference in steals (2.79 spg. in Mid-Con play) and finishing second behind Turek in rebounding. In conference games, Cann averaged 10 rebounds per game, also block an average of 0.57 shots per game to rank 12th in the Mid-Con.

For the second consecutive season, a player from UMKC earned Newcomer of the Year honors in the Mid-Con. Chazny Morris led all freshmen in scoring in Mid-Con play (9.4 ppg.) and stood in the top 10 in field-goal percentage (.446), three-point field goal percentage (.391) and three-point field goals made (1.29).

Winning the Sixth Woman of the Year, sophomore Launa Hochstetler of Valparaiso averaged 7.8 ppg. in conference play and led the Mid-Con in three-point field goal percentage (.536) and free-throw percentage (.903). She was instrumental in helping the Crusaders to their second-place finish in the conference this season.

In total, Oakland led the conference with the most players earning all-conference honors with four, including first-teamers Nicole Piggott and Jessica Pike.

Centenary begins its quest for the Mid-Con Tournament crown Saturday, squaring off against regular season champions Oakland. Preparing for their first ever game in the Mid-Con Tournament, the Ladies and Grizzlies tip-off at noon at Hammons Arena, in Tulsa, Okla. The Ladies look to earn redemption for Monday’s 73-53 loss to Oakland and pull off an upset of the No. 1 seed in the tournament.

FIRST TEAM

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Jernisha Cann, IUPUI

F

So.

Kansas City, Mo.

Alysa Klein, UMKC

C

Jr.

Okoboji, Iowa

Nicole Piggott, Oakland

F

Sr.

Pewamo, Mich.

Jessica Pike, Oakland

G

So.

Clawson, Mich.

Betsy Rietema, Valparaiso

F

Sr.

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Elisha Turek, Oral Roberts

F

Sr.

Council Bluffs, Iowa

 

 

 

 

SECOND TEAM

 

 

 

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Tamra Braun, Valparaiso

C

Sr.

Savage, Minn.

Cierra Bush, Centenary

G/F

So.

Campti, La.

Jenny Hardin, Oral Roberts

F/C

So.

Claremore, Okla.

Gina Hugelier, WIU

G

Jr.

Elmhurst, Ill.

Anne Westwood, SUU

F/C

So.

Cedar City, Utah

 

 

 

 

HONORABLE MENTION

 

 

 

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Stephanie Brown, UMKC

C

Sr.

Kansas City, Mo.

Stephanie Lovingood, WIU

F

Jr.

Peoria, Ill.

Tanika Mays, IUPUI

F

So.

Marion, Ind.

Carrie Myers, Valparaiso

G

Sr.

Stickleyville, Va.

Holli Wilkins, Centenary

G/F

Sr.

Evadale, Texas

 

 

 

 

ALL-NEWCOMER

 

 

 

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

Hometown

Melissa Jeltema, Oakland

G

Fr.

Grand Rapids, Mich.

Aubrey Mackintosh, SUU

F

Fr.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Chazny Morris, UMKC

G

Fr.

Oakland, Calif.

Hanna Reising, Oakland

F

Fr.

Peoria, Ill.

Janae Voelker, Oral Roberts

G/F

Fr.

Newton Kan.

 

 

 

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

Elisha Turek, Oral Roberts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

Chazny Morris, UMKC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

Jernisha Cann, IUPUI

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

Launa Hochstetler, Valparaiso

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

 

 

 

Beckie Francis, Oakland