Glenville, W. Va. – WVIAC Player of the Year Hillary Southworth was voted the 2012-13 Daktronics Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball Player of the Year to lead a group of 10 athletes that received All-Region accolades.
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Joining Southworth as All-Region First Team honorees are Fayetteville State’s Kristen Hanzer, Glenville State’s Ginny Mills, Millersville’s Aurielle Mosley and Fairmont State’s Kaitlin Snyder. All three conferences (WVIAC, PSAC, CIAA) that comprise the Atlantic Region had at least one First Team selection, with the WVIAC earning three of the five.
Four of the five Second Team selections are from the PSAC – Gannon’s Jen Papich, Clarion’s Hannah Heeter, Edinboro’s Kiara Brown and Samantha Blazetic. Seton Hill forward Katie Gattuso of the WVIAC was the fifth All-Atlantic Region Second Team pick.
Southworth, a junior guard from Twinsburg, Ohio, averaged 24.1 points per game – ranking second in the country for scoring. She also averaged 6.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game while being especially proficient from both the three-point line (63-of-167; 37.7 percent) and free-throw line (131-of-161; 81.3 percent). An All-WVIAC Tournament selection who tallied 70 points in three games, Southworth helped pace the Hilltoppers to an impressive 21-8 record in the 2012-13 season.
Hanzer, a senior guard from Youngsville, N.C., became the first Fayetteville State player to be named the CIAA Player of the Year since 1983. The UNC-Wilmington transfer averaged 18.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game – scoring double figures in 25 contests – to help pace a Bronco squad that posted an impressive 24-5 record, played in the championship game of the CIAA Tournament and remains ranked No. 22 in the USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll.
Mills, a junior guard from Steubenville, Ohio, is an All-WVIAC First Teamer and the leading scorer for a Glenville State squad that leads all divisions of women’s college basketball by averaging 95.3 points per game. She averages 18.3 points per game despite playing only 22.1 minutes per game, while her 3.83 three-pointers per game (111-of-288; 38.5 percent) leads Division II. The Pioneers, ranked No. 15 in the USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll, are 26-3 and the No. 6 seed in this weekend’s NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament.
Mosley, a senior forward from York, Pa., is the 2013 PSAC Eastern Division Player of the Year who helped Millersville to a 21-8 record – the school’s fifth 20-win campaign in the last six years. She averaged 15.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game – ranking second in the PSAC for both categories – while shooting 47 percent from the field and blocking 68 shots. The Marauder post player, who finished up her career with more than 1,400 points and 1,000 rebounds, had 13 double-doubles this season.
Snyder, a senior guard from Charleston, W.Va., was last year’s Daktronics Atlantic Region Player of the Year. The three-time All-WVIAC First Teamer is the all-time leading scorer in Fairmont State history (2,046 points) and one of just 10 players in WVIAC history to eclipse 2,000 career points. She has averaged 17.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in addition to setting a school record with 94 steals this season. Snyder was named the WVIAC Tournament MVP after guiding the Fighting Falcons to the 2013 WVIAC Championship, which resulted in the No. 8 seed in this weekend’s NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament.
Blazetic, a senior forward from Eastlake, Ohio, is averaging 14.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game for the Fighting Scots, who are ranked No. 19 in the USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll with a 22-6 record and the No. 2 seed in this weekend’s NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament. The 2013 PSAC Western Division Defensive Player of the Year and All-PSAC West First Teamer ranked third in the PSAC in scoring and second in blocked shots, as her 2.37 swats per game average ranks 12th in Division II.
Brown, a senior guard from Ambridge, Pa., is the leading scorer for the aforementioned Fighting Scots. She contributed 17.8 points per game to lead the PSAC to rank among the Top 40 scorers in the country while her 3.04 steals per game slots her 23rd in the country. The reigning WBCA All-American and two-time All-PSAC West First Team guard is one of nine players in Edinboro history with 1,000 career points and more than 200 steals.
Gattuso, a junior forward from Pittsburgh, is an All-WVIAC First Team selection who also earned the WVIAC Tournament Sportsmanship Award. Her averages of 17.6 points and 11.3 rebounds per game rank 44th and 11th, respectively, in the country. She has recorded 21 double-doubles this season (32 games) – the second-most recorded by a NCAA Division II player.
Heeter, a sophomore forward from Seneca, Pa., is an All-PSAC Western Division First Team pick who ranks third in NCAA Division II for rebounding – averaging 13.3 boards per game. The only first- or second-year player among this year’s All-Region squad, Heeter ranks fourth in the PSAC in averaging 14.4 points per game. Her 16 double-doubles are tied for eighth in Division II.
Papich, a junior guard from Pittsburgh, is the 2013 PSAC Western Division Player of the Year and leading scorer (13.0 points per game) for a Gannon squad that is ranked No. 7 in the USA Today Division II Top 25 Coaches’ Poll and will host this weekend’s NCAA Atlantic Regional Tournament. She is 10th in the PSAC in scoring and also ranks among the PSAC’s Top 5 players in field-goal percentage.
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2012-13 Daktronics Division II Women’s Basketball All-Atlantic Region Team
Kristen Hanzer Fayetteville State G SR Youngsville, N.C.
Ginny Mills Glenville State G JR Steubenville, Ohio
Aurielle Mosley Millersville F SR York, Pa.
Kaitlin Snyder Fairmont State G SR Charleston, W.Va.
Hillary Southworth West Liberty G JR Twinsburg, Ohio
Samantha Blazetic Edinboro F SR Eastlake, Ohio
Kiara Brown Edinboro G SR Ambridge, Pa.
Katie Gattuso Seton Hill F JR Pittsburgh, Pa.
Hannah Heeter Clarion F SO Seneca, Pa.
Jen Papich Gannon G JR Pittsburgh, Pa.