Three Lady Monarchs Named to Va.SID All-State Women's Basketball First Team
NORFOLK, VA (Mar. 30) - Old Dominion junior forward Lucienne Berthieu (Rennes, France) and University of Virginia head coach Debbie Ryan captured Va.SID Univeristy Division All State Player and Coach of the Year honors as selected by Virginia Sports Information Directors.
Berthieu led the CAA in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage on her way to being named a Kodak District 3 All-American and CAA Player of the Year, while Ryan guided the Cavaliers to a 24-9 record, ACC regular-season title and a Sweet 16 berth.
Joining Berthieu on the first team are Lady Monarch teammates Hamchetou Maiga (Bamako, Mali) and Natalie Diaz (Needles, CA), along with George Mason guard Jen Surlas (Mt. Pleasant, PA) and Virginia Tech forward Tere Williams (Chapel Hill, NC). Maiga, Diaz and Surlas were All-CAA first team performers, while Williams was an All-Atlantic 10 first teamer and a finalist for A-10 Player of the Year.
Meanwhile, the Va.SID All-State second team consists of two players from the University of Virginia, two from Liberty and one from Virginia Commonwealth. Cavalier teammates Schuye LaRue (Washington, DC) and Svetlana Volnaya (Minsk, Belarus) are joined by Liberty teammates Sharon Wilkerson (Princeton, WV) and Elena Kisseleva (Moscow, Russia), along with VCU guard Rochelle Luckett (Capitol Heights, MD).
Va. SID All-State First Team Player Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown/University Natalie Diaz Sr. G 5-11 Needles, CA/Old Dominion Jen Surlas Sr. G 5-9 Mt. Pleasant, PA/George Mason Lucienne Berthieu Jr. C 6-2 Rennes, France/Old Dominion Hamchetou Maiga Jr. F 6-1 Bamako, Mali/Old Dominion Tere Williams Jr. F 5-11 Chapel Hill, NC/Virginia Tech Va. SID All-State Second Team Player Yr. Pos. Ht. Hometown/University Rochelle Luckett So. G 5-7 Capitol Heights, MD/VCU Sharon Wilkerson Sr. G 5-6 Princeton, WV/Liberty Schuye LaRue Fr. C 6-3 Washington, DC/Virginia Elena Kisseleva Sr. F 6-1 Moscow, Russia/Liberty Svetlana Volnaya Jr. F 6-1 Minsk, Belarus/Virginia Va. SID Player of the Year: Lucienne Berthieu, Old Dominion Va. SID Coach of the Year: Debbie Ryan, Virginia