Six SWAC players honored as BOXTOROW All-Americans
FUQUAY-VARINA, N.C. – With South Carolina winning the women’s Division I national championship ending the season, BOXTOROW releases its annual All-America teams.
Alabama State forward Britney Wright was named BOXTOROW Division I Women’s National Player of the Year. This is also the third year in a row Wright was named BOXTOROW First Team All-America.
Wright was also named SWAC Player of the Year. The senior forward from Detroit finished tied for first in the SWAC in scoring (18.3), led the SWAC in free throw percentage (.786), was fourth in rebounds (7.5) and averaged 1.4 steals per game. She scored 20 or more points in a game 14 times and three times scored 30 or more points in a game.
Wright was joined by numerous Southwestern Athletic Conference standouts in earning All-America distinction. On the first team, Grambling's Shakyla Hill, Texas Southern's Joyce Kennerson, Southern's Briana Green, and Mississippi Valley State's Ashley Beals earned nods. Prairie View A&M guard Alexus Parker garnered second-team distinctions.
Bethune-Cookman head coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis and Grambling head coach Freddie Murray were named BOXTOROW Co-Coaches of the Year. Blair-Lewis led the Lady Wildcats to the MEAC regular season crown, finishing 15-1 and earning a berth in the postseason WNIT. As the interim head coach, Murray guided the Lady Tigers to a share of the SWAC regular season title and a first-round victory over Mississippi in the WNIT.
The entire list of honorees is below:
First Team All-Americans
Ashley Beals, Mississippi Valley State (F, Sr., Canton, Miss.)
Briana Green, Southern (F, Jr., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.)
Te’Shya Heslip, Howard, (G, r-Sr., Dumfries, Va.)
Shakyla Hill, Grambling (G, Soph., Little Rock, Ark.)
Joyce Kennerson, Texas Southern (G, Soph., Port Arthur, Texas)
NaJai Pollard, Delaware State (F, Soph., Richmond, Va.)
Britney Wright, Alabama State (F, Sr., Detroit,, Mich.)
Second Team All-Americans
Bryeasha Blair, South Carolina State (G, Gr., Chicago, Ill.)
Tiyonda Davis, Savannah State (C, Sr., Athens, Ga.)
Genesis Luas, Coppin State (G, r-Jr., Brandywine, Md.)
Alexus Parker, Prairie View A&M (G, Sr., Savannah, Ga.)
Kayla Roberts, Norfolk State (F, Jr., Miami, Fla.)
Kailyn Williams, Bethune-Cookman (C, r-Sr., New Orleans, La.)
BOXTOROW Player of the Year: Britney Wright, Alabama State
BOXTOROW Co-Coaches of the Year: Vanessa Blair-Lew, Bisethune-Cookman; Freddie