Jackson, Tenn. - 2/26/2002 - The 2002 TranSouth Conference women’s basketball tournament begins this week, as defending champion Union University prepares to go for its seventh straight conference title; the Lady Bulldogs also have a strong presence on the 2002 All-TranSouth awards list. While sophomore Jessica Henson was named the Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season, Mark Campbell shared the Conference Coach of the Year award with Jack Moser from Blue Mountain College.
Henson, a 5'11" guard from Bradford, Tennessee, is Union’s leading scorer this season, averaging 13.7 points per game. She is also averaging 4.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 2.7 steals per game for Union, ranked No. 3 in the NAIA. The Lady Bulldogs (29-3 overall, 13-1 TranSouth) have advanced to 10 consecutive NAIA National Tournaments, including last year, when Henson splashed onto the scene as a freshman. She made an immediate impact, winning the TranSouth’s Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year awards en route to becoming a first-team NAIA All-America selection. Campbell was also named the Conference Coach of the Year in 2001, and he shares the award this season with Moser. After Blue Mountain struggled to an 11-20 overall record last season and a 2-12 mark in the TranSouth, the Toppers rebounded this season with a 16-12 overall mark and a 5-9 conference record, good enough for a fifth-place finish in the league.
Sophomore Lindsey Fly from Trevecca Nazarene University was named the Conference Newcomer of the Year. A 6'2" post player from Franklin, Tennessee, Fly has steadily improved throughout the year and become a strong presence in the paint for the Lady Trojans. Trevecca, ranked No. 16 in the NAIA, finished in second place in the TranSouth Conference regular season standings, and Fly was a big part of the team’s success. She averaged 15.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while shooting 55% from the field and 77% from the free throw line. She was named the TranSouth Player of the Week on February 11 after scoring a career-high 28 points in an 87-77 upset road win over conference leader Union University. Trevecca (21-7 overall, 11-3 TranSouth) will open the conference tournament as one of the hottest teams in league, winning nine of their last 10 games.
Included along with this news release is a complete listing of the 2002 TranSouth All-Conference awards for women’s basketball, as well as a complete tournament schedule. The TranSouth championship game will be held on Monday, March 4, at the site of the highest-seeded team remaining.
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TranSouth Conference Women’s Basketball
Sheri Brooks – Junior, center, Berry College
Leah Holcomb – Junior, center, Freed-Hardeman University
Jessica Woodard – Sophomore, guard, Freed-Hardeman University
Holly Hamilton – Junior, forward, Lee University
Kim Loop – Junior, center, Martin Methodist College
Lindsey Fly – Sophomore, center, Trevecca Nazarene University
Jennifer Wilson – Junior, guard, Trevecca Nazarene University
Jessica Henson – Sophomore, guard, Union University
Christal Merriweather – Sophomore, guard, Union University
Mary Catherine Way – Senior, guard, Union University
All-TranSouth Conference Second Team
Andrea Phillips – Senior, guard, Blue Mountain College
Melody Saxon – Senior, guard, Freed-Hardeman University
Courtney Hindman – Sophomore, guard, Lee University
Andi Craft – Senior, guard, Lyon College
Ashley Boykin – Senior, guard, Trevecca Nazarene University
Allison Harrison – Junior, center, Union University
TranSouth All-Freshman Team
Sheree McDowell – Freshman, forward, Blue Mountain College
Christy Wallace – Freshman, forward, Freed-Hardeman University
Heidi Hamilton – Freshman, guard, Lee University
Mika Seay – Freshman, guard, Lyon College
Ashlie Gilland – Freshman, guard, Trevecca Nazarene University
TranSouth Conference Player of the Year – Jessica Henson, Union University
TranSouth Conference Newcomer of the Year – Lindsey Fly, Trevecca Nazarene University
TranSouth Conference Coaches of the Year – Jack Moser, Blue Mountain College and Mark Campbell, Union University