ATLANTA, Ga. -- Ari DeJesus (Providence, R.I.) and Alexis Lee (Akron, Ohio) both earned a spot on the 2013-2014 Great South Athletic Conference (GSAC) All-Conference team, the conference announced at its annual awards banquet on Friday night. Freshman classmates Jayva Johnson (West Haven, Conn.) and Maria Vaughan (Okinawa, Japan) each were named to the GSAC All-Freshman team while Vaughan was also named Pine Manor's recipient of the GSAC Sportsmanship Award.
A three-time GSAC Player of the Week Award winner, Ari DeJesus is second in the conference in scoring at 19.2 PPG, and second in field goal percentage (56.1%). She is averaging a conference leading 12.9 rebounds per game and has recorded 14 double-doubles and one triple-double (25 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists vs. Vermont Tech on 2/9/14) this season. DeJesus opened the season by earning Tournament MVP honors as the Gators captured the AMCATS Classic Tip-Off Tournament title with an 83-62 victory over host Anna Maria on 11/17/13. She is the conference leader in steals, (3.5 SPG) and is second on the Gators in assists per game, averaging 3.7 per contest.
Last year’s conference Freshman of the Year, Alexis Lee has continued to thrive during her sophomore year-- leading the Gators to a 19-3 record. Pine Manor's captain leads the Gators in minutes played (696) and is second on the team, and sixth in the conference, at 15.1 points per game. Despite playing guard, Lee is top-20 in the conference in rebounding (4.6 RPG) and has recorded three double-doubles on the season. She is PMC's leader in three pointers made (60) and is also top-five in the conference in three-point percentage at 33.9 %. Lee's best performance of the season came on 2/9/14 in 98-66 victory at Vermont Tech when she scored a career-high 33 points.
Johnson has been one of the most reliable freshman in the conference, starting in all 22 of Pine Manor's contests this season. She is thirteenth in the conference in scoring (10.9 PPG) and seventh in rebounding (7.1 RPG) and is also in the top-ten in the conference in field goal percentage at 43.8 %. She opened the year with a season-high 20 points in her second career game, earning All-Tournament honors as the Gators captured the AMCATS Classic Tip-Off Tournament title with an 83-62 victory over host Anna Maria on 11/17/13.
Maria Vaughan started all but one of the Gators' games this season, leading Pine Manor and the conference in assist per game (4.6) while also totaling the second most assists in the conference this season (96). Vaughan finished in double figures eleven times this season, averaging 9.7 PPG. She scored a season-high 21 points in a 101-70 victory over Mitchell on 11/19/13 and dished out a season-high 12 assists vs. Vermont Tech on 2/9/14 and again vs. Fisher on 2/12/14.
DeJesus and junior Anastasia Walker (West Springfield, Mass.) each earned a spot on the GSAC All-Academic Team, awarded to sophomores with a GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Fri, February 28, 2014
by Miles Roberts