RUSTON – LSU junior guard Raigyne Moncrief was voted the Louisiana Sports Writers Association State Player of the Year by a vote of the state media and sports information directors after leading the Tigers to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
LSU teammate Chloe Jackson was named Newcomer of the Year, Southeastern Louisiana guard Charliee Dugas earned the Freshman of the Year and Loyola of New Orleans coach Kellie Kennedy was tabbed the Coach of the Year.
Moncrief (16.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.9 apg) was joined on the LSWA first team by UNO guard Randi Brown (22.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg), Tulane guard Kolby Morgan (19.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg), Northwestern State guard Beatrice Attura(20.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.2 apg), and UL-Lafayette guard Jaylyn Gordon (17.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg).
The second team is comprised of LSU-Shreveport forward Kourtney Pennywell (16.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg), Louisiana Tech guard Kierra Anthony (13.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg), Grambling State guard Shakyla Hill (15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.1 apg), Southeastern Louisiana guard Taylin Underwood (18.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg ) and LSU’s Jackson (13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg).
The third team consists of Loyola (N.O.) forward Meghan Temple (11.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg), LSU-Shreveport guard Courtney Randle (18.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg), Louisiana Tech forward Alexus Malone (11.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.4 spg), UL-Lafayette forward Simone Fields (14.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.6 apg ) and LSU-Alexandria guard Katie Lemieaux (16.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 apg).
Moncrief edged UNO’s Brown for the Player of the Year honors, picking up 10 of the 30 first place votes as seven different players from around the state earned at least one vote for the award. Moncrief was named the 2017 Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Year and second team all-SEC while leading the Lady Tigers to the NCAA Tournament. She set the LSU single season record with 106 steals, including 10 vs. Florida. She had 11 20-plus point games.
Dugas earned the state Freshman of the Year in another close race as the Southeastern Louisiana guard picked up eight of the 30 votes in a category that saw six players receive three votes or more. Dugas averaged 10.7 points and 3.4 rebounds and ranked in numerous statistical categories in the Southland Conference. She scored in double figures 14 times, including a career-high 28 against UL-Lafayette.
Jackson ran away with the Newcomer of the Year voting, picking up 17 of the 30 possible votes. The North Carolina State transfer averaged 13.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for the Tigers while earning player of the week honors awarded by the SEC, LSWA and College Sports Madness. Jackson scored in double figures 22 times, including a career-high 34 vs. Florida.
Seven different coaches from around the state picked up votes for Coach of the Year but it was Loyola of New Orleans’ Kellie Kennedy that earned the award. Kennedy was named the 2016-17 SSAC Coach of the Year after leading the program to a 26-7 record and the regular season league title. She guided the Wolf Pack to the NAIA National Championship for the fourth straight time while becoming the program’s all-time winningest coach.
Seven student-athletes from across the state earned honorable mention accolades, including Leslie Vorphal, Tulane; Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls State; Zoie Miller, Loyola (N.O.); Alyssa Washington, Dillard and Cheyenne Brown, Northwestern State.
Raigyne Moncrief, LSU, Junior, Guard, Fort Lauderdale, Florida
(16.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.9 apg) (354 points)
Randi Brown, UNO, Junior, Guard, Houma, La.
(22.7 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.6 apg) (337 points)
Kolby Morgan, Tulane, Junior, Guard, New Orleans, La.
(19.0 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.1 apg) (336 points)
Beatrice Attura, Northwestern State, Senior, Guard, McKinney, Texas
(20.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 5.2 apg) (331 points)
Jaylyn Gordon, Louisiana-Lafayette, Senior, Guard, Edgard, La.
17.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.4 apg (311 points)
Kourtney Pennywell, LSU-Shreveport, Senior, Forward, Shreveport, La.
16.0 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 1.6 bpg (253 points)
Kierra Anthony, Louisiana Tech, Sophomore, Guard, New Iberia, La.
13.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg (225 points)
Shakyla Hill, Grambling State, Sophomore, Guard, Little Rock, Ark.
15.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 4.1 apg (224 points)
Taylin Underwood, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior, Guard, Livingston, La.
18.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.1 apg (126 points)
Chloe Jackson, LSU, Sophomore, Guard, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
13.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.2 apg (117 points)
Meghan Temple, Loyola (N.O.), Senior, Forward, Houston, Texas
11.8 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.5 bpg (97 points)
Courtney Randle, LSU-Shreveport, Senior, Guard, Lamarque, Texas
18.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg (85 points)
Alexus Malone, Louisiana Tech, Junior, Forward, Oxford, Miss.
11.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 1.4 spg (83 points)
Simone Fields, Louisiana-Lafayette, Junior, Forward, San Antonio, Texas
14.5 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 0.6 apg (81 points)
Katie Lemieaux, LSU-Alexandria, Junior, Guard, Fairview, La.
16.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.3 apg (80 points)
Honorable Mention: Leslie Vorphal, Tulane; Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls State; Zoie Miller, Loyola (N.O.); Alyssa Washington, Dillard; Cheyenne Brown, Northwestern State
Player of the Year: Raigyne Moncrief, LSU
(Moncrief 10, Randi Brown, UNO – 7, Beatrice Attura, Northwestern State – 4, Kourtney Pennywell, LSU-Shreveport – 3, Kolby Morgan, Tulane – 3, Jaylyn Gordon, UL-Lafayette – 2, Meghan Temple, Loyola N.O. -1)
Newcomer of the Year: Chloe Jackson, LSU
(Jackson – 17, Alexus Malone, Louisiana Tech – 7, Katie Lemieux, LSU-Alexandria -5, Nekia Jones, UL-Lafayette – 1)
Freshman of the Year: Charliee Dugas, Southeastern Louisiana
(Dugas – 8, Jasmine Thomas, UL-Lafayette -5, Tykeria Williams, Nicholls State – 5, Maya Trench, Xavier – 5, Paige Franckiewicz, Loyola N.O. – 4, Ayana Mitchell, LSU – 3)
Coach of the Year: Kellie Kennedy, Loyola-New Orleans
(Kennedy – 12, Nikki Fargas, LSU – 5, Brooke/Scott Stoehr, LA Tech – 4, Curtis Loyd, LSU-Shreveport – 3, Garry Broadhead, UL-Lafayette – 2, Keeshawn Davenport, UNO – 2, Freddie Murray, Grambling State – 2)