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New Orleans, La. (excerpts from GCAConf.com) – The Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's basketball All-Conference teams and individual award winners were announced, with Southern University at New Orleans senior guard/forward Brandy Broome earning GCAC Player of the Year honors by vote of the league's coaches as SUNO head coach Elston King was named Coach of the Year. Junior forward Alena Evans (JR/Las Vegas, NV) was one of two Lady Bleu Devils to clinch a GCAC seasonal award with a spot on 1st-team All-GCAC as senior transfer Ciara Morgan (SR/Springfield, IL) landed a spot on the 2nd-team.
"I really wasn't expecting it," said Evans. "I felt really appreciate and grateful for the fact that the coaches thought I should be in that position. And I just kept thinking that I couldn't have done it without my teammates," said Evans.
SUNO's Broome earns the GCAC Player of the Year award after leading the conference in scoring at 18.6 points per game, assists, and steals. An eight-time GCAC Player of the Week this season, Broome also finished second in the conference in rebounding and blocked shots. Her 6.27 steals per game also led the nation. In her final regular season home game, she posted the first quadruple-double in NAIA Division I in a decade with 23 points, 16 rebounds, 12 assists and 11 steals.
King led the Lady Knights to their first outright GCAC Championship since 2000. SUNO has a record of 19-4, including a 13-1 mark in the GCAC. The Lady Knights have finished the GCAC's top-four in each of the last four seasons.
Broome was the leading vote-getter on the All-GCAC First Team. She is joined by Dillard's Evans, Xavier's Whitney Gathright, Philander Smith's Jerrica Scott, and Wells.
As for the first round shocking exit to the sixth seed Edward Waters, Evans still is highly upset.
"I thought that we are way better than a first round exit," said Evans. "I thought we just had an awful shooting night and the underdogs caught us sleeping."