Six Women's Basketball Players Named to All-State Teams

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Brown, Warley Earn All-State Honors
LYNCHBURG, Va. - For the third year in a row, both Liberty redshirt senior Avery Warley and redshirt junior Devon Brown have been included on the Richmond Times-Dispatch Women's Basketball All-State Team. Each of the two Lady Flames standouts earned a spot on the second team.

Brown's honor is her third accolade in the past seven days. The Waynesboro, Va., native was previously tabbed a first team All-Big South selection and also made the Big South All-Tournament Team.

Brown, the Lady Flames' leading scorer at 16.9 ppg, is also averaging 7.1 rebounds and a career-high 2.8 assists per contest. The team leader with 60 steals, Brown is shooting a career-best 78.8 percent from the free throw line.

Brown's free throw proficiency includes an 11-for-12 performance during Sunday's Big South Championship title game win over High Point. The guard/forward finished with a team-high 24 points and a career and game-high 14 rebounds.

During the season, Brown eclipsed the 1,000-career point barrier. She currently ranks No. 6 in program history with 1,425 points.

Warley is a member of the second team all-state squad for the second year in a row. Like Brown, the center has collected a considerable amount of hardware lately. Warley was voted the MVP of the Big South Championship after garnering first team All-Big South honors three days earlier.

Warley played some of her best basketball of the season at the Big South Championship, helping the Lady Flames claim their 14th tournament title in the last 16 years. She averaged 17.0 ppg and 15.7 rpg, including a 20-point, 22-rebound outburst during a semifinal victory over Charleston Southern.

For the fourth straight season, Warley leads the Big South in field goal percentage at 57.6 percent. She also ranks second in the conference in rebounds (11.6 rpg) and double-doubles (15) and third in blocked shots (1.6 bpg).

The all-time leading rebounder in Liberty and Big South Conference history with 1,272 career boards, Warley sits No. 7 nationally in rebounds this season. Her 371 caroms in 2011-12 have set a new program single-season standard.

Liberty is seeded No. 16 in the Raleigh Region of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Championship and will open tournament play at No. 1 seed Notre Dame, Sunday at approximately 2:40 p.m. The first-round game will take place on the Fighting Irish's home court, Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center, and be televised on both ESPN2 and ESPN3.

2011-12 Richmond Times-Dispatch Women's Basketball All-State Teams
First Team
Courtney Hurt, VCU
Abby Oliver, Richmond
Ariana Moorer, Virginia
Taleia Moton, George Mason
Jericka Jenkins, Hampton

Second Team
Tia Lewis, Old Dominion
Tarik Hislop, James Madison
Avery Warley, Liberty
Choicetta McMillian, Hampton
Devon Brown, Liberty

Honorable Mention
Ataira Franklin, Virginia
Nikki Newman, James Madison
Andrea Barbour, VCU
Taysha Pye, William & Mary
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford

State Player of the Year
Courtney Hurt, VCU

State Coach of the Year
Deena Applebury, Mary Washington

Three Panthers named to NCCSIA All-State Teams
Three members of the High Point University women's basketball team were named to the University Division All-State team by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) on Monday. Senior Shamia Brown and sophomore Cheyenne Parker were each named to the first team while junior Erin Reynolds was named to the second team.
 
The three players named to the All-State squads and the two players represented on the first team are both program highs for HPU. It is only the second time ever that three players from one team have been recognized by the NCCSIA. The only other occurrence came in 2006 when three players from Davidson College were all named to the second team.
 
Brown was named first-team All-Big South after averaging a team-high 16.2 points per game while also grabbing 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. She set HPU Div. I single-season records for total points (534), points per game, field goals made and free throws made. Brown scored in double figures in 27 games and over 20 points in 10 games, including 29 against NC State in the WNIT. The senior forward finishes her HPU career as the program's Div. I career leader in both scoring and rebounding.
 
Parker was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year and a second-team All-Big South member in 2011-12. The sophomore center set new Big South single-season records in both rebounds, with 403, and blocked shots, with 121. Parker finished fourth in the nation in rebounding and fifth in the nation in blocked shots per game. Her 19 double-doubles led the Big South and put her in the top-10 nationally this past season. Parker set HPU Div. I single-season records in total rebounds, rebounds per game and blocks. Parker finished third on HPU in scoring with 13.0 points per game and was one of two players in the Big South to average a double-double on the season. Parker is one of just nine players in Division I basketball to record a triple-double this season with 13 points, 22 rebounds and 10 blocks at Winthrop on Jan. 28.
 
Reynolds joined Parker as a second-team All-Big South honoree after finishing the season second on the team in scoring with 15.9 points per game. The junior led the team in both assists (4.3 apg) and steals (2.7 spg), finishing in the top three in the Big South in both categories. Reynolds set a new HPU Div. I record with 11 20-point games including five-straight to end the season. Against Pittsburgh on Dec. 2, Reynolds tied the HPU Div. I single-game scoring record with 36 points, the most scored by a Big South player on the season. Reynolds was named to the Big South All-Tournament team after finishing as its leading scorer with 24.3 points per game.
 
Nominees were submitted by North Carolina sports information professionals and voted on by the NCCSIA members.
 
Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina.  The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools.  Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.
 
NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

Tonisha Baker Adds NCCSIA All-State Honor
BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell junior guard Tonisha Baker has been named to the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association's (NCCSIA) All-State Second Team.

Baker was also named Big South Second Team All-Conference by the league's head coaches and media, as well as Second Team All-Big South by the website CollegeSportsMadness.com, leading the lady Camels to 18 wins, the program's most since 2001.

"We are grateful for Tonisha's recognition, as well as for her hard work and dedication to Lady Camel basketball," said Campbell head coach Wanda Watkins. "She is a joy to work with on a daily basis and we look forward to watching her continue to propel out team forward in the Big South Conference during her senior season."

The High Point, N.C. native led the Lady Camels in scoring at 14.3 points per game and tied for the team lead in rebounding at 6.8 boards per game. Baker scored in double figures 24 times in 30 games in 2011-12, posting 20 or more four times, including a career-high 31 in a win at UNC Asheville.

Baker's 31 are the most points scored by a Lady Camel since April Cromartie against Samford in 2002 (2/21/02). The performance marked the 43rd time in school history a player has registered 30 or more, while Baker becomes the 10th Lady Camel to ever post multiple 30 point games in a career. Baker's previous career-best of 30 came in last season's 98-70 win over USC Upstate on Feb. 26, 2011.

The two-time Big South Player of the Week recorded double digit rebounds seven times, posting a team-high eight double-doubles for the year. Baker led CU in scoring 14 times, rebounding 10 times and assists on 11 occasions.

Among Big South players, Baker ranked 11th overall in scoring, seventh in rebounding, 11th in field goal percentage (.446), seventh in assists (3.7), first in steals (2.7), 13th in blocks (0.6) and third in assist/turnover ratio (1.5). She was also named to the Georgia State Thanksgiving All-Classic Team in November.

During the season, Baker became the 16th player in Lady Camel history to reach 1,000 career points, and the 19th to pull down 500 rebounds. Baker is one of only 13 in program history to accomplish both feats.

While ranking just outside the top-10 in scoring and assists, Baker stands 10th in both career steals (165) and blocks (38) in the Campbell record books.

Baker was also an Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference selection in 2011 and a 2010 A-Sun All-Freshman Team member.

Ali Ford of Elon, Anna Freeman of Appalachian State, Jennifer Hailey of Charlotte and Shamia Brown and Cheyenne Parker of High Point were all selected to the NCCSIA All-State First Team.

Joining Baker on the Second Team were Alisha Andrews of UNC Wilmington, Kelsey Evans of Elon, Erin Reynolds of High Point and Epiphany Woodson of Charlotte.

Founded in 2002, The North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of North Carolina. The purpose of the organization is to promote collegiate athletics at all schools. Membership is open to anyone affiliated with a college, university or conference located in North Carolina, and whose area of responsibility lies within sports information.

NCCSSIA selects all-state teams in the University (Division I) and College (Division II, III, NAIA) divisions for men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, volleyball, softball and baseball.

North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association 2011-12 University Division All-State Women's Basketball Teams
FIRST TEAM
F - Shamia Brown, Sr. High Point 
G - Ali Ford, Jr., Elon 
F - Anna Freeman, Jr., Appalachian State 
F - Jennifer Hailey, Jr., Charlotte 
C - Cheyenne Parker, So., High Point

SECOND TEAM
G - Alisha Andrews, So., UNC Wilmington 
G - Tonisha Baker, Jr., Campbell 
F - Kelsey Evans, Jr., Elon 
G - Erin Reynolds, Jr., High Point
G - Epiphany Woodson, Sr., Charlotte

Nominated by North Carolina Sports Information professionals / Selected by NCCSIA members