George Mason's Butler Named Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Player of the Year; Dayton's Green Voted Coach of the Year

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. George Mason’s Natalie Butler was named the Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Player of the Year while Dayton coach Shauna Green was voted A-10 Coach of the Year. The league announced its annual awards Thursday in advance of the A-10 Championship heading to the Richmond Coliseum for the quarterfinals, semifinals and final, which begin Friday.
 
Fordham’s G’mrice Davis was named the Defensive Player of the Year, while George Mason freshman Nicole Cardaño-Hillary received Rookie of the Year honors. Richmond’s Micaela Parson was named the league’s Most Improved Player. George Washington’s Kelli Prange was named the Sixth Woman of the Year.
 
The major awards, the 15-member All-Conference teams, the All-Defensive and All-Rookie teams were all nominated and voted by the league’s 14 head coaches. The women’s basketball sports information directors selected the All-Academic team.
 
Butler leads the A-10 in scoring at 18.7 points per game and rebounding at 16.4 rebounds per game. She currently leads the nation in several categories including rebounds per game, total rebounds (509) and double-doubles (30).
 
Green, in her second season leading the Flyers, led Dayton to a record of 22-5 overall and 15-1 in the Atlantic 10. Dayton won the regular season title and will be the top seed for the A-10 championship for the second consecutive season.
 
Davis anchored the top scoring defense in the A-10 this season allowing only 55.6 points per game. She was second in the league in defensive rebounds (10.3 per game) and also averaged 1.6 steals per game.
 
Cardaño-Hillary, a six-time Rookie of the Week award winner finished fourth in the A-10 in scoring at 17.9 points per game and scoring double-figures in every game. She also led the A-10 in steals (81).
 
Prange averaged 12.1 points and 5.8 rebounds in only 21.9 minutes per game while coming off the bench for George Washington. Prange played in 22 of GW’s 29 games, starting eight contests.
 
Parson earned Most Improved honors this season after increasing her scoring average from 11.2 points per game to 18.6 points per game this season, the second-highest total in the league.  Parson scored 20 or more points in 13 games this season and she currently ranks in the top 20 In the league in 10 different categories.
 
The 2018 Atlantic 10 Championship quarterfinals begin Friday with games being streamed for free on the A-10 Network. The semifinals begin Saturday at 11:00 am on CBS Sports Network and the championship final is Sunday at Noon on ESPNU. Tickets are available at the Richmond Coliseum sweetFrog box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
2017-18 Atlantic 10 Women’s Basketball Awards

 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Natalie Butler                George Mason

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

G’mrice Davis                Fordham

 

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary George Mason

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

Shauna Green               Dayton

 

MOST IMPROVED PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Micaela Parson             Richmond

 

SIXTH WOMAN OF THE YEAR

Kelli Prange                   George Washington

 

ALL-CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

Jenna Burdette             Dayton

Chassidy Omogrosso   Duquesne

G’mrice Davis                Fordham

Natalie Butler                George Mason

Jackie Kemph                Saint Louis

 

ALL-CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM

JaVonna Layfield          Dayton

Jayla Scaife                    Dayton

Julijana Vojinovic         Duquesne

Bre Cavanaugh             Fordham

Mariah Ruff                   St. Bonaventure

 

ALL-CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM

Mackenzie Latt             Davidson

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary George Mason

Brianna Cummings      George Washington

Micaela Parson             Richmond

Chelsea Woods             Saint Joseph’s

 

ALL-ACADEMIC*

Natalie Butler                George Mason

Mckenna Maycock       St. Bonaventure

Mariah Ruff                   St. Bonaventure

Amanda Fiorvanti        Saint Joseph’s

Sarah Veilleux               Saint Joseph’s

Jackie Kemph                Saint Louis

 

*There was a tie for the last spot on the

All-Academic Team

 

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Kadri-Ann Lass             Duquesne

G’mrice Davis                Fordham

Natalie Butler                George Mason

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary George Mason

Brianna Cummings      George Washington

 

ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Katie Turner                  Davidson

Bre Cavanaugh             Fordham

Nicole Cardaño-Hillary George Mason

Bre Hampton-Bey        Massachusetts

Tera Reed                      VCU


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