SIAC Announces 2018 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Honors

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ATLANTA (February 25, 2018) – Tiffany Valentine (Spring Hill) earned one of the league’s highest honors by being named the 2018 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, announced Sunday by the league office.
All-conference honors are voted on by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.

Valentine was named 2018 Player of the Year after leading the Lady Badgers to a 14-3 conference record. On the season, the 6’1 forward, was the second leading scorer for the Lady Badgers, averaging in 17.5 points per game and placing at third in the league for scoring. The Texas native finished with six double-doubles while averaging 7.1 rebounds per game. On the season, Valentine finished with 29 assists, 13 blocks, and 11 steals.

Jewell Hill, a Mobile, Ala. native, was tabbed the 2018 Defensive Player of the Year as she led Spring Hill’s Lady Badgers to a 21-6 record (14-3 SIAC). The 5’9 senior guard, led the Lady Badgers and the SIAC in scoring (18.5 points per game), steals (76), and blocked shots (20). On the season, Hill managed two double-doubles, one of which was against Kentucky State, where she posted 28 points and 10 rebounds.

Holloway claimed her title as Freshman and Newcomer of the Year as she dominated her first year finishing the season with a 14-3 conference record while earning the 2018 eastern division title. The 5’6 freshman guard led the Lady Panthers in scoring as she finished the season averaging 16.1 points per game while also leading in field goals (129), free throws (109), and 3-pointers (35). The Stone Mountain, Ga. native was the leading scorer in 14 games in her inaugural season with her double-double of the season coming in the feat over Fort Valley State where she posted 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Two-time WNBA champion Yolanda Moore has completed her first season as head coach of the Clark Atlanta University women’s basketball team and has been named the 2018 Coach of the Year. Moore led the Lady Panthers to a 17-8 overall record (14-3 in conference play) while clinching the eastern division title.

The 2018 SIAC Basketball Tournament kicks off on Monday, Feb. 26 at Bill Harris Arena in Birmingham, Ala. For brackets, events, and more CLICK HERE.

2018 SIAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team

First Team

Player                       Position          School           Year                       Hometown

Tiffany Valentine F Spring Hill R-Sophomore Houston, TX
Jewell Hill G Spring Hill Senior Mobile, Ala.
Dana Gettis SG LeMoyne-Owen Junior Chicago, IL
Elesha Foster F Albany State Junior Sparks, Ga
Marissa Mandeldove G Clark Atlanta Senior Lilburn, Ga

Second Team

Player                       Position          School           Year                       Hometown

Sierra Harley PG Central State Senior Columbus, OH
Naomi Holloway G Clark Atlanta Freshman Stone Mountain, Ga
Lauren Turner G/F Clark Atlanta Senior Atlanta, Ga
Brooke Spaulding PG Central State Freshman Fairfield, OH
Domonique Williams G Claflin Senior Philadelphia, PA

Honorable Mention Team

Player                       Position          School           Year                       Hometown

Jaeda Davis G Central State Junior Milwaukee, WI
Alicia Franklin PG/G Fort Valley State Sophomore Atlanta, Ga
Elise Rielly G Spring Hill Sophomore Covington, La.
Ay’Anna Bey F Benedict Freshman Blackwood, NJ
Keondra Archie F Paine Freshman Eastover, SC

Player of the Year: Tiffany Valentine, Spring Hill
Defensive Player of the Year: Jewell Hill, Spring Hill
Newcomer of the Year: Naomi Holloway, Clark Atlanta
Freshman of the Year: Naomi Holloway, Clark Atlanta
Coach of the Year: Yolanda Moore, Clark Atlanta

About Tyler Williams

I am a senior, Mass Media Arts major with a concentration in Radio, Television, and Film at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. I plan to pursue a graduate degree following my undergraduate experience where I am interested in studying Sports Management. I am also exploring the field of communications in order to fuse my passion for creativity with my undying love for sports. I stay involved on-campus as I maintain being a full time Division II student-athlete with being active in organizations and activities such as Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., "The Panther" Student Newspaper, etc. Career interests are in fields such as sports management, broadcast journalism, public relations, and strategic communications.

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