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GSAC Announces Basketball All-Conference Award Winners

GSAC Announces Basketball All-Conference Award Winners

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Great South Athletic Conference announced the 2014-15 Women's Basketball All-Conference award winners at a banquet held in Atlanta for the coaches and players on Friday evening. Marissa Burke of Finlandia claimed the leagues' top prize of Player of the Year while Kisha Simpson of Agnes Scott captured the Freshman of the Year award. Finlandia's Terry Klemett received Coach of the Year honors following league-wide voting of his peers.

Marissa Burke of Finlandia (pictured at right) is a true Division III student-athlete, excelling at the highest level both on the playing courts and in the classroom. She led the GSAC in scoring at 18.4 points per game while also finishing second overall in free throw shooting percentage at 75%. Additionally, the senior forward from Matersmeet, Mich. recorded 7.7 rebounds per game, good for 6th overall. She also ranked third in both 3-point shooting percentage (35.2) and assists (59). To top it off, the senior will graduate in May with honors and a 3.94 GPA.

Kisha Simpson of Agnes Scott enjoyed an amazing freshman campaign for the Scotties that saw her rank inside the league's Top 10 in five major statistical categories. The 5'10" forward from Chicago, Ill. played 35.5 minutes per game for head coach Patricia Roberts, second-most of any player. Additionally, she snared 164 rebounds to rank 4th overall in the GSAC, and her 10.9 rebounds per game average was third-best. Simpson averaged a double-double per game by also contributing 11.3 points per game (9th in the conference) and her 44.4% field goal shooting checked in at 6th overall.

In his first season at the helm of the Lions program, Terry Klemett guided Finlandia to a 13-10 overall record and the top seed in the 015 GSAC Women's Basketball Tournament. Klemett came to Finlandia after serving the past three years as an Assistant Men's Basketball Coach (2010-2013) at Michigan Technological University under Head Coach Kevin Luke. During his time at Michigan Tech, Klemett assisted the team to three straight winning seasons, two GLIAC North Division Conference titles, and a Sweet 16 birth in the 2013 National Tournament.

2014-15 GSAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team

Shavonne Orr of Agnes Scott
Kisha Simpson of Agnes Scott
Marissa Burke of Finlandia
Rebecca Campbell of Maine-Presque Isle
Darby Toth of Maine-Presque Isle
Alexis Lee of Pine Manor
Quanteshea Lewis of Salem
Myesha Green of Trinity Washington
Blessing Hayes of Trinity Washington
Courtne Washington of Wesleyan 

2014-15 GSAC Women's Basketball All-Freshman Team

Kisha Simpson of Agnes Scott
Julia Daavettiila of Finlandia
Kelsie Richards of Finlandia
Brianna Losse of Maine-Presque Isle
Erica Jones of Pine Manor

2014-15 GSAC Women's Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team

Shavonne Orr of Agnes Scott
Kelsie Richards of Finlandia
Amanda Allen of Maine-Presque Isle
Cadejia Matthews Austin of Pine Manor
Myesha Green of Trinity Washington
Hannah McBride of Salem
Sydney Davis of Wesleyan

2014-15 GSAC Women's Basketball All-Academic Team

Miranda Arnold of Agnes Scott
Care Bacon of Agnes Scott
Shavonne Orr of Agnes Scott
Marissa Burke of Finlandia
Mikayla Hakale of Finlandia
Brierra Ruska-Pasanen of Finlandia
Rebecca Campbell of Maine-Presque Isle
Sydney Churchill of Maine-Presque Isle
Katie Patenaude of Maine-Presque Isle
Darby Toth of Maine-Presque Isle
Maria Vaughan of Pine Manor
Blessing Hayes of Trinity Washington
Shelby Swann of Trinity Washington
Asya Tucker of Trinity Washington
Kristal Lollis of Salem
Ashlen Rector of Salem
Mylee Connor of Wesleyan
Sydney Davis of Wesleyan

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