Women's Basketball Garners Multiple Postseason Awards
Tuesday, March 02, 2010

FORT MYERS, Fla. - After finishing the Atlantic Sun regular season in second place for the second time in three years, the FGCU women's basketball team earned additional honors on Tuesday. The conference announced their postseason honors, with FGCU taking home three awards.

FGCU earned its third First-Team selection in program history as senior Chelsea Lyles (Colorado Springs, Col.) earned honors for the second time in her career after averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 assists, and 5.3 rebounds, good for ninth, 14th, and 17th in the A-Sun. Lyles, FGCU’s leader in blocks (21), also ranked in the top-15 in field goal percentage (.415), three-point percentage (.350), and free throw percentage (.767). The senior captain scored in double figures 19 times this season, leading the Eagles in scoring in nine contests.

“Chelsea has had a very good second half of the season,” said Head Coach Karl Smesko. “She is a high energy player. She is an emotional leader. We really look to her to bring her energy and emotion to every game and practice.”

Senior Adrianne McNally (Howell, Mich.) and junior Shannon Murphy (Brighton, Mich.) earned Second-Team All-Atlantic Sun honors, helping the Eagles secure their seventh 21-plus win season in the eight year program history. McNally, who ranks second in the A-Sun in field goal percentage (.488), averages 12.8 points, 4.8 rebounds (third in conference), and 4.18 assists (fourth in conference). McNally, also sits second in the A-Sun in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.58). Murphy ranks first in the conference and 25th in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02), while also ranking first on the team in assists per game (4.63 apg) and third on the team in scoring (11.3 ppg).

“I think Adrianne is a first-team, all-conference caliber player,” said Smesko. “We ask her to do so much for us. I am looking forward to seeing a strong finish from Adrianne. It was also nice to see Shannon earn some recognition. Shannon had some stretches of very good play this season. If we make the post season, we will need Shannon to play well to have any opportunity to advance.”

The Atlantic Sun Conference is an 11-member league committed to Building Winners for Life. The A-Sun stands for achievement with integrity in both the academic and athletic arenas, with a focus on the balance between the two for our student-athletes. Headquartered in Macon, Ga., the A-Sun boasts six of the top eight media markets in the Southeast. The A-Sun includes a blend of the most prestigious and dynamic private and public institutions in the region: Belmont University, Campbell University, East Tennessee State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Jacksonville University, Kennesaw State University, Lipscomb University, Mercer University, University of North Florida, University of South Carolina Upstate and Stetson University.

Player of the Year
Siarre Evans ETSU

First Team All-Conference
* TaRonda Wiles ETSU
* Chelsea McMillan USC Upstate
* Siarre Evans ETSU
Chelsea Lyles FGCU
Courtney Ford Mercer
* Unanimous Choice

Second Team All-Conference
Haley Nelson Belmont
Adrianne McNally FGCU
Shannon Murphy FGCU

LaToya Jackson Mercer
Brittany Kirkland UNF

Freshman of the Year
Tee’Ara Copney USC Upstate

All-Freshman Team
* Tee’Ara Copney USC Upstate
Tonisha Baker Campbell
Drameka Griggs Jacksonville
Brandi Jones Kennesaw State
Sametria Gideon Kennesaw State
Jadhken Kerr UNF
* Unanimous Choice

Defensive Player of the Year
Courtney Ford Mercer

Coach of the Year
Tammy George USC Upstate