Maiga Tabbed CAA Player of the Year
By ODU Athletics
Old Dominion University senior forward Hamchetou Maiga captured CAA Player of the Year honors after leading the Lady Monarchs to a 15-1 mark in conference play and the top seed in this week's ALLTEL - CAA Women's Basketball Championship in Norfolk, Va. 2001 marks the tenth consecutive year that ODU has produced the award winner.
An ODU tri-captain, Maiga ranked fifth in the CAA in scoring (14.1ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.6rpg), first in field goal accuracy (156-270, 57.8%), fifth in steals (2.2spg) and eighth in blocked shots (0.8bpg). She was also voted to the CAA All-Defensive and All-Academic Teams.
Joining Maiga on the All-CAA First team are James Madison University sophomore forward Nadine Morgan, University of Richmond guard Michele Koclanes and ODU sophomore guard Okeisha Howard. East Carolina University senior forward Tamilla Murray and Virginia Commonwealth University junior guard Rochelle Luckett tied in the voting for the final spot on the team.
Morgan topped the Dukes in both scoring (13.4ppg) and rebounding (7.1rpg) and was an integral part of a JMU squad that finished second in the regular season CAA standings and snapped ODU's 113-game winning streak against conference competition. Koclanes, a 5-0 point guard led the Spiders in scoring (12.1ppg) and ranked first in the CAA in assists (7.4apg). Only a junior, Koclanes is currently eighth in the nation in steals and ranks fourth in the CAA record book with 572 career assists. Howard, a 5-5 sophomore, was second in the CAA in both scoring (14.8ppg) and free throws made (125).
Murray led the Lady Pirates in scoring (13.7ppg), rebounding (5.2rpg) and steals (2.8spg) was also a CAA All-Defensive pick.
Luckett, the CAA's leading scorer (14.9ppg), was named the CAA's Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season after topping the conference in steals (4.3spg). Only a junior, the 5-7 catalyst ranks fourth in the CAA record book for career steals (319) and is eighth in career assists (495). According to the latest NCAA stats, Luckett ranks second in the nation in steals.
George Mason University's Debbie Taneyhill garnered CAA Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Patriots to a regular season record of 20-7 and a 11- 5 mark in CAA play. Picked to finish fifth in the pre-season, GMU posted non- conference wins over such teams as Georgetown, Delaware and Ball State and finished third in the CAA standings. GMU's current winning percentage (74.5%) is the program's best and the 20-win season is just the fourth in school history. The Patriots have been especially tough on the defensive end and lead the CAA and rank 13th nationally in scoring defense (58.3ppg). A three- time All-Academic Team member as a GMU undergraduate (1990-92), Taneyhill is the first women's basketball player to rise through the CAA ranks as both player and head coach at the same school since the league was formed in 1985.
GMU freshman standout Jen Derevjanik was voted CAA Rookie of the Year. A 5-10 guard, Derevjanik has started all 27 games for the Patriots and is averaging 9.9 points per contest. She tops GMU in both assists (102) and steals (50) and ranks in the CAA Top 10 in both categories.
VCU senior guard Liz Remus was honored with the Dean Ehlers Leadership Award which recognizes the basketball student-athlete who "embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship through her academic and athletic achievement." A pre-season All-CAA selection, Remus started VCU's first 23 games before being sidelined with a leg fracture. The pre-med major averaged 12.4 points per contest and led the CAA in both free throw accuracy (84.8%) and assist/turnover ratio (1.91).