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DeShazo and Thorne Grab All-SAC Women's Basketball Honors


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( -- Catawba junior Taisha DeShazo has been voted first team All-South Atlantic Conference for Women’s Basketball, while Lyrik Thorne was an honorable mention pick and was also named to the SAC All-Freshman Team. Anderson guard Alexy Mollenhauer was voted the Player of the Year, while Wingate’s Teliyah Jeter was voted the Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year. Carson-Newman’s Braelyn Wykle was voted the SAC Freshman of the Year with Anderson’s Jonathon Barbaree was tabbed as the Coach of the Year. It was announced by the league office on Thursday.
DeShazo leads Catawba in scoring at 14.6 a game, which included a school record 42 point outing earlier this season. She also leads the team in three-pointers (45) and is second in rebounding (4.6). DeShazo has added 33 assists and 41 steals over her 24 games.

Thorne has started all 28 games as a freshman, scoring at a 10.4 clip. She has handed out a team-high 71 assists and also leads the squad with 54 steals. Thorne has canned 42 three-point goals.

Mollenhauer, a senior, becomes just the fourth player in SAC women’s basketball history to be named Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. The league leader in scoring averaged 20 points per game and 12.5 rebounds per game. Jeter, a junior, leads the SAC and is third in NCAA Division II in total blocks (103) and blocked shots per game (3.6).

Wykle, a guard, is third in the SAC in scoring, averaging 17.3 points per game and is third in the league in field-goal percentage, shooting 50 percent from the field. One of the top three-point shooters in the league, Wykle leads the conference in three-pointers with 75 and is second in three-point percentage at 45.7. Barbaree picks up his second Coach of the Year honor in as many years after leading the Trojans to back-to-back regular season conference championships.
2019-20 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball All-Conference Teams & Award Winners
 First Team
Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson
Kayla Marosites, Carson-Newman
Mia Long, Tusculum
Braelyn Wykle, Carson-Newman
Madison Baggett, Anderson
Taisha DeShazo, Catawba
Second Team
Teliyah Jeter, Wingate
Erin Houser, Coker
Madeline Hardy, Lenoir-Rhyne
Keli Romas, Newberry
Caitlyn Ross, UVa-Wise
Kelsey McDermott, Newberry
Honorable Mention
Taylor Hair, Anderson
Kasey Johnson, Tusculum
De’Ja Marshall, Mars Hill
Kristian Eanes, Queens
Addison Byrd, Carson-Newman
Lyrik Thorne, Catawba
Braelyn Wykle, Carson-Newman
Caitlyn Ross, UVa-Wise
Hannah Clark, Wingate
Nia Vanzant, UVa-Wise
Lyrik Thorne, Catawba
Player of the Year: Alexy Mollenhauer, Anderson
Freshman of the Year: Braelyn Wykle, Carson-Newman
Defensive Player of the Year: Teliyah Jeter, Wingate
Coach of the Year: Jonathon Barbaree, Anderson

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