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Originally published: 2014-03-05 11:30:16
Last modified: 2014-03-05 11:31:01

Sydnor named women's basketball all-SoCon

by Steve Behr Sports Editor

Appalachian State junior Maryah Sydnor was named to the 2014 women's All-Southern Conference team Wednesday by the league's coaches and media.

It's Sydnor's second straight season of being on the all-SoCon team, having made the team last season as a sophomore. She was also named Freshman of the Year two seasons ago.

Sydnor finished the regular season leading the SoCon in scoring with 19.5 points per game, which is also 43rd nationally. She also lead the SoCon in free throw shooting percentage at 87.0 percent.

Sydnor became the 23rd player in Appalachian State women's basketball history to score at least 1,000 points with the Mountaineers. She reached the milestone by scoring 24 points in a win over Radford, her hometown, on Dec. 16.

Appalachian State received a bye in the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament, which begins Friday. The Mountaineers, seeded fourth in the tournament, takes on No. 5 seed Elon at 2:15 p.m., Saturday in the quarterfinal round at Kimmel Arena on the UNC Asheville campus.

Also named to the media all-SoCon team included Laura Murray of Davidson, Brittany Hodges of Furman, Holli Wilkins of Furman and Taylor Hall of Chattanooga.

The media's second team includes Dakota Dukes and Hannah Early of Davidson, Kelsey Harris of Elon, Anna Claire Knight of Georgia Southern and Ashlen Dewart of Chattanooga.

Hall was named the media's player of the year, Hannah Nichols was named the media's freshman of the year and Jackie Carson was named media coach of the year.

 Dukes, Murray, Harris, Hodges, Wilkins, Knights, Alex Black, Dewart and Hall were named to the coaches' all-conference team. Hall was the coaches' selection for player of the year and Carson was their coach of the year. Jennifer Rhodes of Elon was the coaches' freshman of the year, and the winner of the Ann Lashley Inspiration Award went to Shelby Campbell of Samford.

 

2014 SoCon Women's Basketball Awards
Media All-Conference Team
First Team
Maryah Sydnor, Appalachian State
Laura Murray, Davidson
Brittany Hodges, Furman
Holli Wilkins, Furman
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga

Second Team
Dakota Dukes, Davidson
Hannah Early, Davidson
Kelsey Harris Elon
Anna Claire Knight, Georgia Southern
Ashlen Dewart, Chattanooga

Media All-Freshmen Team
Lauren Brown, Elon
Jennifer Rhodes, Elon
Whitney Bunn, Furman
Hannah Nichols, Samford
Chelsey Shumpert, Chattanooga

Media Player of the Year
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga

Media Freshman of the Year
Hannah Nichols, Samford

Media Coach of the Year
Jackie Carson, Furman

2014 SoCon Women's Basketball Awards
All-Conference Team
Maryah Sydnor, Appalachian State
Dakota Dukes, Davidson
Laura Murray, Davidson
Kelsey Harris, Elon
Brittany Hodges, Furman
Holli Wilkins, Furman
Anna Claire Knight, Georgia Southern
Alex Black, Chattanooga
Ashlen Dewart, Chattanooga
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga

All-Freshmen Team
Lauren Brown, Elon
Jennifer Rhodes, Elon
Whitney Bunn, Furman
Hannah Nichols, Samford
Chelsey Shumpert, Chattanooga

Player of the Year
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga

Defensive Player of the Year
Taylor Hall, Chattanooga

Freshman of the Year
Jennifer Rhodes, Elon

Coach of the Year
Jackie Carson, Furman

Ann Lashley Inspiration Award
Shelby Campbell, Samford