Cole and Epley Garner All-Big South Honors

Shatia Cole is the eight Chanticleer to earn all-freshman honors.


March 8, 2012

HIGH POINT, N.C. - Coastal Carolina standouts Shatia Cole and Taylor Epley were both named All-Big South as voted on by the league's head coaches and media panel. The All-Conference teams and individual award winners were unveiled at the conference's annual postseason awards banquet on Thursday evening.

Cole was tabbed a Big South Conference All-Freshman team member, while Epley earned All-Academic team recognition.

Cole is the eighth Chanticleer - each of whom have played under the tutelage of 15th year head coach Alan LeForce - to earn all-freshman honors and the first since Sydnei Moss, who finished her career as Coastal's eighth all-time leading scorer, earned the honor in 2008. Cole, from Myrtle Beach, finished the regular season as Coastal's second leading scorer averaging 10.3 points per outing, which also ranked 21st in the Big South. Cole made an immediate impact for the Chanticleers as she came off the bench and scored a game-high 19 points in leading Coastal to its sixth straight opening day win. She was tabbed the Big South Freshman of the Week four times throughout the course of the season, tying Brooke Weisbrod for the most in Coastal Carolina history. The point guard scored in double-digits 13 times throughout the season and led the Chants in the scoring column nine times. She poured in a season-high 22 points at Charleston Southern, which included two key treys in the final 17 seconds of play. Cole also impressed on the defensive end tallying a team-high 49 steals, which ranks 11th in the conference, that helped lead to Coastal's 498 points off turnovers.

Epley holds a team-high 3.81 GPA as a biology major focusing on pre-med. The senior saved her best season for last as she is averaging career-highs in every statistical category. Epley has started every game at center this season and ranks fourth in the Big South with a career-high 42 blocked shots. Her 41 steals this season ranks second on the team while her 97 rebounds rank third. The Newburgh, Ind., native scored a career-high 15 points on 7-of-10 from the floor in the Chanticleers' dominating win over UNC Asheville on Feb. 6. Additionally, Epley is a three time member of the Big South Honor Roll, has earned dean's list in each semester as a member of the Coastal Carolina honors program and is an active member of the Golden Key Honor Society. Epley intends to attend medical school upon graduation.

The No. 7 seed Chanticleers will take on second seed High Point at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, March 9 in the third quarterfinal game of the Big South Women's Basketball Tournament held at High Point's Millis Center.

First-Team All-Conference
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop
Avery Warley, Liberty
Shamia Brown, High Point
Devon Brown, Liberty
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford

Second-Team All-Conference
Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Cheyenne Parker, High Point
Tonisha Baker, Campbell
Erin Reynolds, High Point
Diana Choibekova, Winthrop

All-Freshman Team
Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville
Reagan Miller, Liberty
Shatia Cole, Coastal Carolina
Leah Wormack, UNC Asheville
Kiera Gaines, Campbell

Academic All-Conference
Amanda O'Neill, Campbell
Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Taylor Epley, Coastal Carolina
Brianna Dillard, Gardner-Webb
Laura Whitt, High Point
Karlee Taylor, Presbyterian College
Lindsey Thompson, UNC Asheville
Katherine Brockett, Radford
Kaitlyn Rubino, Winthrop

Player of the Year
Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop

Defensive Player of the Year
Cheyenne Parker, High Point

Freshman of the Year
Shonese Jones, UNC Asheville

Coach of the Year
Marlene Stollings, Winthrop

Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Rachelle Coward, Charleston Southern
Brianna Dillard, Gardner-Webb



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