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Cooper-Dyke, Andrews Lead Awards Haul

Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications  
Release: 03/09/2011
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NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland - Led by Head Coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke and freshman point guard Alisha Andrews, the UNCW women's basketball team had five members recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association handed out its annual awards Wednesday night at its championship banquet at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center.

 In a vote of the league's 12 head coaches, Cooper-Dyke was named Coach-of-the-Year and Andrews was tabbed Rookie-of-the-Year. Seniors Brittany Blackwell and Martha White were also recognized as Blackwell capped her standout career with First-Team All-CAA honors, while White was a Second-Team All-CAA selection. Blackwell and White joined Andrews on the league's All-Defensive Team and Andrews was a member of the CAA All-Rookie Team. Junior Jessica Cohen rounded the program's honorees when she joined Blackwell as an Honorable Mention All-Academic pick.

Cooper-Dyke earned Coach-of-the-Year honors for the third time in her six-year collegiate coaching career (also in 2007 and 2009 at Prairie A&M) after the Naismith Basketball Hall-of-Famer guided UNCW to a school-record tying 22 victories and the program's highest regular-season finish since joining the CAA in 1985. The former WNBA MVP and Olympic Gold Medalist has led the Seahawks into the national statistical rankings in her first season with the program, with her club ranking among the nation's top 30 in field goal percentage (.465/7th), steals (12.4/13th) and assists (16.0/27th).  

Andrews became the third player in program history and the second in four seasons to earn Rookie-of-the-Year honors after a stellar freshman campaign that saw the Stone Mountain, Ga., product rank among the national leaders in assists (5.0/40th) and steals (2.9/23rd) while also averaging 10.4 points per contest. A five-time CAA Rookie-of-the-Week selection, Andrews has already etched her name in the program's annals as the school's single-season leader in three-point field goals made (60/1st), assists (146/4th) and steals (85/T-4th).

Just the sixth player in school history to earn First-Team All-CAA accolades, Blackwell wraps up her stellar four-year career with career-highs in scoring (16.1), rebounding (8.7), steals (3.1) and field goal percentage (.565) to rank among the top 100 nationally in all four categories. The Raleigh, N.C., product will end her time in the Port City among the program's career leaders in points (1,712/3rd), rebounds (972/2nd) steals (271/1st), field goals made (622/3rd), free throws made (450/1st), games played (120/3rd) and games started (116/1st).      

White earns All-CAA honors for the first time in her career after posting career-highs in points (13.0), rebounds (7.3), blocked shots (1.8) and field goal percentage (.521) to rank among the top 10 in the league in all four categories. A native of Jacksonville, N.C., White will finish her career in second place on the program's career blocked shots list (129) and in a tie for first place on the school's all-time games played chart (122) as she sits just 64 points away from becoming just the 16th member of the program's 1,000-point club.

The No. 3 seeded Seahawks (22-7) begin play in the Virginia 529 College Savings Plan Colonial Athletic Association Women's Basketball Championship on Friday at 7:30 p.m. when they meet the winner of the first-round matchup between No. 6 Drexel and No. 11 Towson in a quarterfinal matchup.

2010-11 CAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

ALL-CAA FIRST TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Brittany Blackwell, UNC Wilmington

Sr.

G/F

6-1

Raleigh, N.C./Cary Academy

Elena Delle Donne, Delaware

So.

F/G

6-5

Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy

Dawn Evans, James Madison

Sr.

G

5-7

Clarksville, Tenn./Northeast

Shante Evans, Hofstra

So.

F

6-0

West Chester, Pa./Henderson

Courtney Hurt, VCU

Jr.

F

6-0

Loganville, Ga./Salem

         

ALL-CAA SECOND TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Andrea Barbour, VCU

Jr.

G

5-10

Charlottesville, Va./Patrick Henry C.C.

Lauren Jimenez, James Madison

Sr.

C

6-4

North Bergen, N.J./North Bergen

Kamile Nacickaite, Drexel

Jr.

F

5-11

Siauliai, Lithuania/Regis Jesuit (Colo.)

Jasmine Parker, Old Dominion

Sr.

G

5-6

Norfolk, Va./Maury

Martha White, UNC Wilmington

Sr.

C

6-2

Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville

         

ALL-CAA THIRD TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Lauren Carra, Delaware

So.

G

5-9

Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore

Chan Harris, Georgia State

Jr.

F

6-2

Macon, Ga./Northeast

Tia Lewis, Old Dominion

Jr.

C/F

6-3

Poulan, Ga./Central Florida

Taysha Pye, William & Mary

Jr.

G

5-8

Bronx, N.Y./St. Annes-Belfield (Va.)

Jasmine Rosseel, Drexel

Sr.

G

5-8

Ieper, Belgium/Sint-Theresia Instituut

2011 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Dawn Evans, James Madison
2011 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Cynthia Cooper-Dyke, UNC Wilmington
2011 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Alisha Andrews, UNC Wilmington
2011 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jasmine Parker, Old Dominion
2011 DEAN EHLERS LEADERSHIP AWARDS: Lindsey Moller, William & Mary

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Alisha Andrews, UNC Wilmington

Fr.

G

5-2

Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan

Jacqueline Brewer, VCU

Fr.

G

5-9

Winchester, Va./Martinsburg Central

Kendra Long, Georgia State

Fr.

G

5-9

Albany, Ga./Mays

Kate Loper, Hofstra

Fr.

G

5-11

Post Falls, Idaho/Post Falls

Kaitlyn Mathieu, William & Mary

Fr.

C

6-2

Waterboro, Maine/Worchester Academy (Mass.)

         

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Alisha Andrews, UNC Wilmington

Fr.

G

5-2

Stone Mountain, Ga./Redan

Brittany Blackwell, UNC Wilmington

Sr.

G/F

6-1

Raleigh, N.C./Cary Academy

Candace Bond, Hofstra

So.

G

5-10

Fort Washington, Md./Riverdale Baptist

Jasmine Parker, Old Dominion

Jr.

G

5-6

Norfolk, Va./Maury

Martha White, UNC Wilmington

Sr.

C

6-2

Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville

ALL-ACADEMIC FIRST TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Elena Delle Donne, Delaware

So.

F/G

6-5

Wilmington, Del./Ursuline Academy

Deanna Kerkhof, Northeastern

So.

G

5-11

Wallaceburg, Ontario/Ursuline College

Angelee LaTouche, George Mason

Sr.

F/C

6-2

Kingston, Jamaica/Tallahassee C.C.

Jaclyn McKenna, William & Mary

So.

C

6-3

Huntington, N.Y./Elwood-John Glenn

Cody Paulk, Georgia State

So.

F/C

6-3

Gadsden, Ala./Gadsden City

         

ALL-ACADEMIC SECOND TEAM

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Candice Bellocchio, Hofstra

Jr.

G

5-6

Staten Island, N.Y./St. Peter's

Nicole Capurso, Hofstra

Jr.

G

5-9

Staten Island, N.Y./St. John Villa Academy

Marisa Crane, Drexel

Jr.

G

5-5

Emmaus, Pa./Emmaus

Courtney Hurt, VCU

Jr.

F

6-1

Coyers, Ga./Salem

Lauren Whitehurst, James Madison

Sr.

     
         

ALL-ACADEMIC HONORABLE MENTION

Cl.

Pos.

Ht.

Hometown/Previous School

Brittany Blackwell, UNC Wilmington

Sr.

G/F

6-1

Raleigh, N.C./Cary Academy

Mari Buchan, Old Dominion

Jr.

C

6-2

Stirlingshire, Scotland/Portobello

Jessica Cohen, UNC Wilmington

Jr.

F

6-1

Charleston, S.C./Northwood Academy

Chelsea Craig, Delaware

So.

F

6-2

Rockville, Md./Wootton

Brittany Eley, George Mason

Sr.

G

6-0

Waldorf, Md./Westlake

Dani Iervolino, Northeastern

So.

G

5-5

Manhassett, N.Y./St. John the Baptist

Mia Mayberry, Northeastern

Sr.

F

6-2

Rock Island, Ill. /Rock Island

Meghan McLean, Delaware

Jr.

G

5-9

Pittsburgh, Pa./Upper St. Clair

Kayla Miller, Delaware

Jr.

G

5-8

Wilmington, Del./George Washington

Lindsey Moller, William & Mary

Sr.

G

5-10

Longmont, Colo./Longmont

Victoria Naylor, Towson

So.

G

5-8

Las Vegas, Nev./Garden City C.C.

Jasmina Rosseel, Drexel

Sr.

G

5-8

Ieper, Belgium/Sint-Theresia Instituut

Jalissa Taylor, James Madison

Sr.

F

6-3

Chesterfield, Va./L.C. Bird

Aamira Terry, Hofstra

Sr.

G

5-8

Atlanta, Ga./W.D. Mohammed

Isoken Uzamere, Hofstra

Sr.

F/C

6-2

Brentwood, N.Y./Brentwood

Taylor Wootton, Drexel

So.

F

6-1

Rutherford, N.J./Rutherford


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