A-10 Announces Top Women's Basketball Awards
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Duquesne’s April Robinson and Saint Louis’ Jackie Kemph have been named the Atlantic 10 Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Players of the Year, while SLU’s Lisa Stone was selected as Coach of the Year by her peers.
Dayton’s Jodie Cornelie-Sigmundova was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while Lauren Cannatelli received Rookie of the Year honors. Duquesne’s Deva’Nyar Workman was named Sixth Woman of the Year and Rhode Island’s Samantha Tabakman was named the league’s Most Improved Player by the conference’s 14 head coaches.
The major awards, the 15-member All-Conference teams, the All-Academic, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams were selected in advance of the 2016 Women’s Basketball Championship, which begins Wednesday at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
Robinson led Duquesne in scoring at 15.3 points per game, which ranked seventh in the Atlantic 10. She was second in the A-10 in assists averaging 6.6 per game and led the league in assist to turnover ratio (2.7). She also ranks in top 10 of the conference in steals (1.9), 3-point field goals made per game (2.1), defensive rebounds per game (5.5) and minutes played per game (34.7).
Kemph was the leading scorer for Saint Louis this season averaging 16.4 points per game, which ranks 4th in the A-10. Kemph is also the A-10 leader in assists (7.1 per game) and ranks second in assist to turnover ratio (.2.2).
In just her fourth season at the helm for the Billikens, Lisa Stone led the Billikens to a 23-6 overall record and a 13-3 record in the A-10. The Billikens finished the in a three-way tie for the top of the A-10 standings with Duquesne and George Washington. Saint Louis has established new program record for wins and conference wins this season.
Cornelie-Sigmundova led the A-10 in blocked shots averaging 3.6 blocks per game on the season. She currently ranks fourth in the NCAA in blocked shots per game.
Following her first season at Dayton, Cannatelli averaged 10.6 points per game as a freshman. She was named A-10 Rookie of the Week on two different occasions during the year.
Workman averaged 13.6 points and 9.1 rebounds along with shooting 38.7% from 3-point range while coming off the bench this season for Duquesne. Workman played in 25 of Duquesne’s 29 games, but only started 11 games.
Tabakman picked up the Most Improved honors this season after increasing both her scoring average and rebounding average from last season. She upped her scoring from 8.8 to 13.3 and her rebounding from 5.9 to 8.8. She also led the A-10 in field goal percentage (.561) and started every game this season for the first time in her career.
The major awards, All-Conference, All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams are selected by vote of the league’s 14 head coaches. The All-Academic team is selected by the women’s basketball sports information directors.
The 2016 Atlantic 10 Championship begins Wednesday with two first-round games that will air on the A-10 Network. Thursday features four second-round games and Friday is the quarterfinals. The A-10 Network will carry Thursday’s games, while Friday’s will be carried by American Sports Network (ASN). Semifinals begin Saturday at 11:00 am on CBS Sports Network and the Championship final is Sunday at Noon on ESPNU.