Gilyard named to Honorable Mention All-MEC Women’s Basketball Team

Nicole Gilyard of the West Virginia Wesleyan Lady Bobcats was named to the All-MEC Honorable Mention basketball team. The junior forward led the Lady ‘Cats with 9.8 points per game and 7.2 rebounds per game.

BRIDGEPORT—West Liberty's Marissa Brown has been selected as the Mountain East Conference Player of the Year, while Glenville State's Re'Shawna Stone was tabbed as the Freshman of the Year and Kim Stephens was tabbed as the Coach of the Year, as the league announced its top honors and all-conference teams on Monday.

Brown, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, led the MEC in scoring for a second-straight season averaging 24.3 points per game, which ranks seventh nationally and is on pace to better her own conference record for scoring average in a season set last year.

She leads the country in field goals made and is in the top 10 in the country in rebounds (2nd, 13.0), blocks per game (5th, 3.6), double-doubles (7th, 18), field goal percentage (8th, 61.0).

A four time MEC Player of the Week,  Brown had nine games of 30 points or more, including a conference-record 46 against West Virginia State in January.

Stone, a native of Waynesville, Mo., led all MEC freshmen in scoring and assists with 17.3 and 3.50, respectively. She ranks second in the league in assist/turnover ratio with 1.72, and also ranks in the top 10 in the conference in field goal percentage (8th, .490), free throw percentage (5th, .813) and steals (9th, 1.86).

She scored over 20 points 11 times in her rookie campaign with the Pioneers.

Stephens is the league's Coach of the Year for a second-straight year after guiding the Pioneers to a third-straight Mountain East Conference title. Glenville State went 21-1 in conference play this past season in conference play, pushing Stephens' record to 61-5 against the league over the last three seasons.

She has the Pioneers in the midst of a 16-game winning streak (sixth-best in the country), in addition to a 37-game home winning streak (second-best in the country). Glenville State is ranked third in the NCAA Atlantic Region rankings and 21st in the country in the WBCA poll.

The league also announced the 2018-19 all-conference teams. The first team had eight players from six different schools highlighted by Brown, who along with Notre Dame's Siena Adachi, was a repeat first team selection. Brown was joined on the first team by teammate Taylor Johnson, and Charleston was represented on the first team with the duo of Raziyah Farrington and Anna Hayton. Fairmont State's Sierra Kotchman, Concord's Madison May and Glenville State's Emily Stoller rounded out the first team.

GSC's Stone was named to the second team. Shepherd's Sydney Clayton and Kayla Tibbs also earned second team honors, along with Concord's Riley Fitzwater, Urbana's Sylvia Hudson, Wheeling Jesuit's Chenelle Moore, Concord's Andreanna Pool and UVa-Wise's Cynita Webb.

Morgan Brunner (West Liberty), Courtney Davis (Glenville State), Nicole Gilyard (West Virginia Wesleyan) and Rachel Laskody (Fairmont State) earned honorable mention recognition.

The All-MEC teams are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches:

2019 All-MEC First Team

Seina Adachi* – Notre Dame (5-7, junior guard)

Marissa Brown* -- West Liberty (6-3, senior forward)

Raziyah Farrington – Charleston (5-8, senior guard)

Anna Hayton – Charleston (6-2, junior center)

Taylor Johnson – West Liberty (5-9, junior guard)

Sierra Kotchman – Fairmont State (5-6, sophomore guard)

Madison May – Concord (6-0, junior forward)

Emily Stoller – Glenville State (6-1, junior guard)

*Denotes repeat selection

All-MEC Second Team

Sydney Clayton – Shepherd (5-11, sophomore forward)

Riley Fitzwater – Concord (6-4, sophomore forward)

Sylvia Hudson – Urbana (5-10, junior forward)

Chenelle Moore – Wheeling Jesuit (6-0, senior forward)

Andreanna Pool – Concord (5-9, senior guard)

Re’Shawna Stone – Glenville State (5-6, freshman guard)

Kayla Tibbs – Shepherd (5-9 senior guard)

Cynita Webb – UVa.-Wise (5-11, junior forward)

All-MEC Honorable Mention

Morgan Brunner – West Liberty (5-9, junior guard)

Courtney Davis – Glenville State (6-0, senior forward)

Nicole Gilyard – West Virginia Wesleyan (5-11, junior forward)

Rachel Laskody – Fairmont State (6-0, junior forward)

Player of the Year – Marissa Brown (West Liberty)

Freshman of the Year – Re’Shawna Stone (Glenville State)

Coach of the Year – Kim Stephens (Glenville State)


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