Pittman, Evans earn top SAC awards


Coker, Harding, Duggins receive conference honors

By LMU Athletics



Image by LMU Athletics Megan Pittman, left, headlines the honors, earning SAC Player of the Year and All-SAC First Team honors while head coach Krystal Evans earned Coach of the Year honors.


ROCK HILL, S.C. — On the heels of the program’s first South Atlantic Conference regular season championship, the LMU women’s basketball team is well represented in the postseason All-SAC honors list.

Megan Pittman headlines the honors, earning SAC Player of the Year and All-SAC First Team honors. Shea Coker was named to the All-SAC Second Team while Josey Harding was named to the All-SAC Honorable Mention team.

Sydney Duggins was named to the All-Freshman Team while head coach Krystal Evans earned Coach of the Year honors.

Pittman makes an appearance on the All-SAC First Team for the second straight year and becomes the first LMU women’s basketball player to be named SAC Player of the Year. The senior had a stellar season, averaging nearly a double-double with 15.6 points and 9.8 rebounds a game.

Pittman was named AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week three times and earlier this week became LMU’s first CoSIDA Academic All-American in basketball. She ranks in the top ten in the SAC in eleven different categories, including leading the conference in offensive rebounding and free throws.

Last Saturday Pittman tied the school record for double-doubles with her 32nd career double-double at Catawba. Pittman currently ranks 16th in career scoring, tenth in made free throws and third in career rebounds at LMU.

Evans becomes the first LMU women’s coach to be named SAC Coach of the Year and is the first LMU women’s coach to earn Coach of the Year honors since Roger Vannoy in the late 1980s. In her three seasons at LMU she has not only continued the rebuilding process started by her predecessor, Roger Hodge, but has taken the program to a whole new level.

Last season she guided the team to their first-ever SAC Tournament semifinals appearance and their best record since the 2003-04 season with their 17-12 record.

This season the team took another step, starting the season 20-0, having the best start in SAC play by any school in conference history with their 15-0 start, earning the program’s best-ever conference finish in the NCAA era at 19-3, having the first 20-win season by an LMU team since 2003-04, winning the program’s first SAC regular season championship and having the team on the verge of their second-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Coker makes her second appearance on an All-SAC team, having earned a spot on the All-Freshman team her freshman season. The junior stepped up her game in a big way this year, more than doubling her output in field goals, 3-pointers and points. She currently averages 13.2 points a game and finished the regular season ranked second in the SAC in 3-point percentage, hitting 47.4 percent. That percentage is also the second best in a single season in school history.

Harding earns her first All-SAC honor with her appearance on the Honorable Mention team. The senior led the SAC in rebounding for nearly the entire season, finishing the regular season averaging 10.9 rebounds a game. She also ranks in the top 20 nationally in rebounds and rebounds per game.

She has had three 20-plus rebound games this season and set a new SAC record for rebounds in a game with 27 at Carson-Newman. For that she was named the AstroTurf SAC Player of the Week. She currently ranks fourth in program history in career rebounds, fifth in blocked shots and eleventh in made free throws.

Duggins had a solid freshman campaign and earns the first all-conference honor of her career. She reached double-digits in scoring in seven games and had the second-best season scoring-wise by a freshman (second only to Coker) since the 2012 season. She averaged 5.7 points and 2.4 rebounds a game for the season. The highlight of her season to date was at Mars Hill where she shot 62.5 percent from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from 3-point range while scoring 13 points.

LMU, the regular season SAC Champions, are the top seed in this season’s SAC Tournament. They defeated Queens in the quarterfinals 84-57 and will face local rival Carson-Newman in the semifinals Saturday at noon at Timmons Arena in Greenville, South Carolina.

Live stats, video and audio links are available on www.lmurailsplitters.com.

Image by LMU Athletics Megan Pittman, left, headlines the honors, earning SAC Player of the Year and All-SAC First Team honors while head coach Krystal Evans earned Coach of the Year honors.
http://middlesborodailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/web1_Lady-Spliters.jpgImage by LMU Athletics Megan Pittman, left, headlines the honors, earning SAC Player of the Year and All-SAC First Team honors while head coach Krystal Evans earned Coach of the Year honors.
Coker, Harding, Duggins receive conference honors

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