Five Jaguars earn All-SWAC hoops honors
POSTED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 11:00am
UPDATED: Tuesday, May 8, 2012 - 1:48pm
Baton Rouge, La — Quinton Doggett earned first team honors and Kendra Coleman earned Freshman of the Year honors as Southern men's and women's basketball programs placed five Jaguars on the All-SWAC teams, the conference announced Tuesday.
Senior Jamie Floyd and Junior Laneisha Stephens joined Coleman on the Women's All-SWAC third team. The Jaguars trio was instrumental in propelling Southern to a 12-6 SWAC record and a second place tie with Alabama A&M.
Alabama A&M's Whiquitta Tobar earned Player of the Year honors while Nate Kilbert, head coach of the regular season champion Mississippi Valley, took home Coach of the Year honors despite not having one player on the All-SWAC first team.
Mississippi Valley led all schools with four All-SWAC selections.
On the men's side, Quinton Doggett's signature play in the decisive moments of a 56-54 win against Texas Southern in the regular season finale cemented his place on the All-SWAC first team. The 6-1, forward punctuated his career at Southern with a 22-point, 10-rebound performance in Saturday's win.
Doggett, who earned SWAC Player of the Week honors twice during the season, is joined on the first team by Paul Cox, the SWAC's Player of the Year.
Doggett's teammate, Derick Beltran, also earned All-SWAC third team honors providing an exclamation point to a memorable season that witnessed the Jaguars surprise the league with a second place finish under first-year head coach Roman Banks.
Banks' close friend and counterpart at Mississippi Valley, Sean Woods, earned Coach of the Year honors for leading the Delta Devils on the brink of an undefeated conference season. The Delta Devils finished 17-1 after losing at UAPB in the regular season finale.
Mississippi Valley's men's program also led the men's All-SWAC team with four selections.
The 2012 SWAC Basketball Tournament opens play Tuesday from the Special Events Center in Garland, Texas. Fans can follow all the latest developments at the SWAC tournament by visiting www.swachoops.com
Guard - Whiquitta Tobar (AAMU) and Kiara Ruffin (ALCN)
Forward - Tiffany Kellum (JKST) and Latia Williams (PVAM)
Center - Quentori Alford (ALST)
Guard - Ka'Neisha Smith (MVSU) and Kiara Etienne (PVAM)
Forward - Alia Frank (MVSU) and Chigozianyi Okumabua (UAPB)
Center - Brittney Lakes (MVSU)
Guard - Kendra Coleman (SUBR) and Rachel Jones (JKST)
Forward - Laneisha Stephens (SUBR) and Khristina Clemons (MVSU)
Center - Jamie Floyd (SUBR)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Whiquitta Tobar (AAMU)
DEFENSIVE POY - Quentori Alford (ALST)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Kendra Coleman (SUBR)
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Kiara Etienne (PVAM)
COACH OF THE YEAR - Nate Kilbert (MVSU)
2012 Men's All-SWAC
Guard - Savalace Townsend (UAPB) and Quincy Roberts (GRAM)
Forward - Cor-J Cox (MVSU) and Quinton Doggett (SUBR)
Center - Paul Crosby (MVSU)
Guard - Terrence Joyner (MVSU) and Omar Strong (TXSO)
Forward - Ivory White (ALST) and Fred Sturdivant (TXSO)
Center - Daniel Broughton (UAPB)
Guard - Kevin Burwell (MVSU) and Tremaine Butler (ALST)
Forward - Derick Beltran (SUBR) and Mitchell Anderson (UAPB)
Center - Philip Crawford (ALST)
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Paul Crosby (MVSU)
DEFENSIVE POY - Savalace Townsend (UAPB)
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Kelsey Howard (JKST)
NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Quincy Roberts (GRAM)
COACH OF THE YEAR - Sean Woods (MVSU)