Junior Maggie Prewitt of Centre College has been named the women's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference player of the year.
Alex Lloyd was named the men's SCAC defensive player of the year for the second straight season, and Greg Ross joined Lloyd and Prewitt as an all-SCAC first team selection when the all-conference teams were announced at the league tournaments.
Ross set records both for total points with 71 and individual game with 38 during Centre’s run to a third straight conference tournament championship.
A total of six Centre players were honored on the men's and women's all-SCAC teams.
Prewitt, a guard, received seven votes for player of the year. She led the SCAC in assists (4.21 per game) and ranked second in scoring (18.9 points per game) and 3-point percentage (.431), where she also ranked 19th in the nation.
She is the first Centre women's player to be named conference player of the year since her coach, Wendie Austin-Robinson, won back-to-back College Athletic Conference player of the year awards in 1993 and ’94.
Lloyd, a senior center, got 10 of 11 possible first-place votes for defensive player of the year, and he is only the third player to win the award in consecutive seasons. He leads the SCAC in rebounds with 9.8 per game and averages 1.4 blocked shots, and he broke Centre's career blocked shots record earlier this season.
Ross, a junior forward, averarges 15.5 points and 6.7 rebounds and ranks third in the conference in free-throw percentage (.867).
Junior guard Jeff Mullaney and sophomore forward Chelsea Benham were named to the men's and women's third teams, respectively, and junior center Lauren Huter received honorable mention.
Centre to face Marietta in NCAA Tournament
Centre College will face host Marietta College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament Friday in Marietta, Ohio.
The Colonels earned the automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after beating Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference opponent DePauw University 75-63 in the championship game of the league tourney Sunday. Centre is currently 21-5.
Marietta earned a trip to the tournament by beating John Carroll University 88-85 in the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournament championship game on a game winning three-pointer with 4.1 seconds remaining. The Pioneers are 25-3.
The winner of the Centre/Marietta game will play the winner of the La Roche College (24-2) versus Wittenberg University (19-8) game on Saturday.
Centre was the only team from the SCAC selected to play in the NCAA tourney.