Hill named POY, six players earn BOXTOROW All-America nod
Grambling State University junior guard Shakyla Hill was selected as the BOXTOROW Women’s Basketball National Player of the Year on Tuesday morning.
Hill, who an All-Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) First-Team honoree and All-SWAC Tournament Most Valuable Player, became the fourth NCAA Division I women’s basketball player to record a quadruple double on Jan. 3 against Alabama State, scored in double figures 25 of the 29 Lady Tiger games this season. She registered a career-high 35 points, along with 12 boards, in an overtime loss to Alabama A&M.
The Little Rock, Ark., native, who registered her 1,000-career point against Alabama on Dec. 17, has averaged 36.1 minutes this season and played all 40 minutes in six games. She played in and started in all 33 games in leading the Lady Tigers to their first SWAC Tournament title in nearly 20 years. Hill, who is a BOXTOROW First Team All-American selection, averaged 16.8 points, 7.5 boards, 5.7 assists and 4.8 steals per game and shot 45.9 percent (201-of-438) from the floor.
Hill, who earned the SWAC’s Player of the Week honor four times and was named the United States Sports Academy Female Player of the Month for January, ranked in the top five in 11 categories in the SWAC, including minutes played, steals and steals per game. Also, Hill finished the season second in the nation in steals and in steals per game.
Four SWAC standouts join Hill on the BOXTOROW First Team, including NCAA single-season free-throw record holder and SWAC Newcomer of the Year Shala Dobbins (Prairie View A&M), SWAC Defensive Player of the Year Briana Green (Southern), and SWAC Player of the Year Joyce Kennerson (Texas Southern).
Angel Golden (Bethune-Cookman), NaJai Pollard (Delaware State) and Tia Wooten (Tennessee State) round out the First Team.
Tatyana Calhoun (Alabama State) and Alexus Freeman (Alcorn State) represent the SWAC as Second Team All-Americans, and other honorees include C’Coriea Foy (North Carolina A&T State), Ashanti Hunt (Bethune-Cookman), Genesis Lucas (Coppin State) and Kayla Roberts (Norfolk State).