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Chanticleer Backcourt Earns All-Big South Honors

Jordan and Henry are the first pair of Chanticleers to earn all-conference honors in the same season since 2009-10

       

AJ Jordan reached double-figures in 25 of 29 games.

AJ Jordan reached double-figures in 25 of 29 games.

March 2, 2014

CONWAY - The Coastal Carolina University women’s basketball backcourt trio of AJ Jordan, Angelica Henry and Karsen Sims earned All-Big South Conference recognition, as announced Sunday by the conference office. Jordan was included on the All-Big South first team and the All-Academic Team rosters, while Henry garnered honorable mention honors. Sims was named a member of the All-Freshman Team.

Winthrop's Dequesha McClanahan was voted Big South Player of the Year for the third consecutive year, while High Point’s Kaylah Keys was tabbed Big South Freshman of the Year. Kierra Gaines of Campbell was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year and Liberty’s Ashley Rininger was honored as the conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year. High Point’s DeUnna Hendrix earned her first Coach of the Year award as she led the Panthers to the conference regular season title.

Jordan, who owns a 3.506 GPA as a communications major, is Coastal’s first All-Big South first team selection since Alisha Dill garnered recognition for her efforts in the 2006-07 season. Moreover, Jordan and Henry are the first pair of Chanticleers to earn all-conference honors in the same season since Amada Stull and Sydnei Moss were second team selection in 2009-10. Sims is CCU’s first all-freshman selection since 2011-12.

Jordan, a junior, leads Coastal and ranks third in the Big South with 16.2 points per game. She also leads the Big South with 197 made field goals. The Coalfield, Tenn., native recorded 10 20-plus point scoring efforts this season and has reached double-digits in all but four games. A 46.8 percent shooter from the floor, Jordan also leads Coastal on the glass with an average of 7.0 rebounds per game. She has tallied six double-double on the year and 62 assists. She reset her career-high in points five times throughout the season, with the most recent being a 27-point outburst at High Point on Feb. 8.

Henry is Coastal’s second-leading and Big South’s 10th-leading scorer at 13.9 points per contest. In addition, she also averages 6.0 rebounds per game to rank 19th in the league. The Indianapolis, Ind., native ranks second in the conference with 141 assists and third with 68 steals. Her career-high 32-point performance against UNC Asheville on Jan. 23 is tied for the most points in a single game by a Big South student-athlete this year. A 42.0 percent 3-point shooter, Henry has six double-doubles on the season. The senior has moved into fourth on the CCU career list with 311 assists and into sixth with 189 steals.

Sims, who hails from Gatlinburg, Tenn., is the Chanticleers’ fourth-leading scorer, averaging 8.2 points per game on 37.4 percent from the field. A starter in 13 of 26 games played, Sims has been one of Coastal’s most consistent threats from behind the arc. She has connected on 33 3-pointers, including 29 against conference foes. She scored a career-high 20 points in the regular season finale at UNC Asheville on March 1 to become the fifth Chanticleer to reach the 2-point plateau this season. Sims closed the regular season with 37 assists and 26 steals, ranking third on the team in both categories.

The sixth-seeded Chanticleers will take on 11th-seeded Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 4 in the final first round game of the 2014 VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Basketball Championships held at The HTC Center, the Chanticleers' home arena.

2014 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Agate
First Team
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Kaylah Keys, High Point
Ashley Rininger, Liberty
Stacia Robertson, High Point
AJ Jordan, Coastal Carolina

Second Team
Catrina Green, Gardner-Webb
Roslyn Presley, Campbell
Kiera Gaines, Campbell
Erica Williams, Winthrop
Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian

Honorable Mention
Schaquilla Nunn, Winthrop
Erin Bratcher, Charleston Southern
Ayana Avery, Radford
Angelica Henry, Coastal Carolina
Paige Love, UNC Asheville

All-Freshman
Kaylah Keys, High Point
Erica Williams, Winthrop
Mickayla Sanders, Liberty
DeAnnisha Jackson, High Point
Karsen Sims, Coastal Carolina (Tie)
Simone Brown, Liberty (Tie)

Player of the Year
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Freshman of the Year
Kayla Keys, High Point

Defensive Player of the Year
Kiera Gaines, Campbell

Coach of the Year
DeUnna Hendrix, High Point

All-Academic Team
Ashley Rininger, Liberty
Casey Elliot, Campbell
Sherece Smith, Presbyterian College
Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
AJ Jordan, Coastal Carolina
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Kiera McIvor, Radford
Jessica Parker, Longwood
Stacia Robertson, High Point
Kirklin Kirkpatrick, Charleston Southern
Catrina Green, Gardner-Webb

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Ashley Rininger, Liberty