ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – Anderson's Alexy Mollenhauer earned 2019 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division II All-America honors, while Carson-Newman's Haris Price garnered honorable mention. Anderson's head coach Jonathon Barbaree was named Southeast Region Coach of the Year and was a finalist for the NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year.
Mollenhauer claims her second All-America honor this week after her impressive junior campaign. The Lindale, Texas native led the Trojans to a perfect 20-0 conference record, 28-game winning streak, SAC regular season title, SAC tournament title, and hosting rights for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional. Mollenhauer earned SAC Player of the Year and Tournament MVP, Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division II Women's Basketball First Team, D2CCA Southeast Region Player of the Year, and D2CCA First Team All-America. She produced 22 double-doubles (the second-best in the country), while also pulling down 369 rebounds, fifth-highest in the nation. Mollenhauer started in all 33 games and averaged 34.1 minutes, 19.9 points, 11.2 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game to go along with 43 blocks and 39 steals.
Price also earned an honorable mention. The senior from Gatlinburg, Tenn. led the Eagles to a No. 4 seed in the NCAA regionals and was a first team honoree on the All-Conference list. The three-time SAC AstroTurf Player of the Week finished the season ranked in the top-20 in four national categories, including eighth in free-throw percentage (89.0). This is Price's second straight WBCA All-America honor.
Barbaree, the Trojans' third-year man, led his team to the first unblemished conference record (20-0) since Anderson joined the SAC in the 2010-11 season and the longest winning streak (28) in program history. The Trojans won the SAC regular season title, SAC tournament title, and hosting rights for the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional as the No. 1 seed. He guided Anderson to its first 30-win campaign since the 2004-05 season. On the national scale, Barbaree's Trojans reached season-high rankings in two polls: No. 6 in the D2SIDA rankings and No. 15 in the WBCA poll. Anderson racked up seven SAC AstroTurf Players of the Week honors and one United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) National Player of the Week.
The WBCA presents the Player of the Year award annually to the top player in five of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, and III, NAIA, two-year college and high school). The Player of the Year and the 10-member Coaches' All-America team in each division are selected by a committee of WBCA member coaches in that division.
About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women's and girls' basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit www.WBCA.org for more details about the Association.
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