Denison junior post Jordan Holmes (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) has been named the Player of the Year to highlight the 2016 All-North Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball team, announced on March 2nd following voting by the conference's head coaches.
Holmes, who is making her third-straight appearance on the first team, put together arguably one of the best season's in NCAC women's basketball history as she re-wrote the conference's record book by breaking six different records. Of the five records she set, two were single game records, two were season records and the final two were career benchmarks. She surpassed her own single-game record with 14 blocks in a 97-81 win over North Central on December 28th, before breaking the single-game rebounding mark with 28 boards in the NCAC Tournament semifinals against Allegheny. She continues to add on to her single-season records for both rebounds and blocks as she has accumulated 483 boards and 165 blocks through 27 games. Through just 81 games, the junior also owns the NCAC's career record for rebounds (1,267) and blocked shots (474). In 16 total league games this season, Holmes led the NCAC in numerous different categories, including rebounds (268), field goal percentage (.684), blocked shots (87) and minutes played (629). Holmes and the Big Red will be competing in the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in history after earning an at-large selection into the field of 64. Denison will open tournament play on Friday (3/4) with an opening-round contest against Ohio Northern at Hope College in Holland, Michigan.
Allegheny senior forward Emma Pellicano (Pittsburgh, PA/Mt. Lebanon) has also collected first-team laurels for the third year in a row after being named to the honorable mention squad in 2013. Wooster senior forward Lauren Hancher (Cincinnait, OH/Sycamore) elevated to the top team after earning second-team honors in both 2014 and 2015, while Kenyon junior forward Bailey Dominguez (Indianapolis, IN/Park Tudor) and Ohio Wesleyan junior post Taylor Dickson (Baltimore, OH/Liberty Union) jumped to the first team from the second team in 2015.
In addition, DePauw sophomore guard Emily Budde (Cincinnati, OH/Mother of Mercy) and Ohio Wesleyan junior point guard Megan Kuether (Osgood, OH/Marion Local) make their All-NCAC debut as first-team honorees.
After landing on the 2016 All-NCAC second team, DePauw freshman guard Maya Howard (St. Louis, MO/MICDS) was also named the 2016 NCAC Women's Basketball Newcomer of the Year after scoring 166 points (10.4 ppg) and shooting 42.1 percent (56-of-133) from the field in 16 league games. Howard, who is the first player in program history to earn the NCAC's Newcomer of the Year award, will also guide the Tigers into the NCAA Tournament for the 13th year in a row after they secured the league's automatic bid into the national tournament by winning the 2016 NCAC Tournament. DPU will travel to Wisconsin for its opening-round game on Friday (3/4) against host Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Denison head coach Sara Lee was named the 2016 NCAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career after leading the Big Red to the 2016 NCAC title with a 15-1 mark against league foes. Lee, who has now guided DU to four conference titles, currently owns a 428-280 record in 27 years at the helm of the Big Red program.
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