Winthrop's McClanahan Voted 2012-13 Preseason Player of the Year


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Winthrop University junior guard Dequesha McClanahan (Oak Ridge, Tenn.) has been voted the 2012-13 Big South Conference Women's Basketball Preseason Player of the Year by the League's Head Coaches and media panel, it was announced today at the Conference's annual Basketball Tip-Off Media Luncheon at the Renaissance Suites Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

McClanahan is the reigning Big South Player of the Year and was the League's Freshman of the Year in 2010-11.  She led the Conference in scoring with 21.1 points and 7.2 assists last season, becoming just the second player in Big South history to lead the League in both categories.  McClanahan was the first Big South player to average 20.0 points in a season since 2006-07, as well the first to average 7.0 helpers since 1987-88.  In addition, she was just the second player in the Big South record books to average 20.0 points and 7.0 assists in the same season.  McClanahan was the first Winthrop player to lead the Big South in scoring, and had a League-best 19 20-point games in 2011-12 -- including four games with at least 30 points.  In League games she averaged 21.8 points.  She also tallied six double-doubles and set the Big South single-season assist record with 224.  McClanahan, who grabbed 4.7 rebounds and averaged 2.0 steals per game last year, became the first player in school history to eclipse 1,000 career points prior to her junior season.  McClanahan received nine first-place votes and 84 total points in the voting to earn a spot on the preseason All-Conference team.





Dequesha McClanahan, Winthrop




Oak Ridge, Tenn. 
Devon Brown, Liberty




Waynesboro, Va.

Cheyenne Parker, High Point




Queens, N.Y. 
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford




Charlotte, N.C. 
Erin Reynolds, High Point




Beckley, W.Va. 

Brown is a three-time First-Team All-Big South selection, and earned her second Big South All-Tournament Team honor last season in helping the Lady Flames win the Conference Championship.  She ranked second in the Big South a year ago with an 81.0 free throw percentage, in addition to being fourth in scoring (16.9), sixth in rebounding (7.0) and ninth in steals (1.97).  Brown notched seven 20-point games in 2011-12, and enters the season as the Big South's active career leader with 1,441 points.  She needs four rebounds for 600 in her career.

Parker is the reigning Big South Defensive Player of the Year as she became a dominant inside force for the Panthers as a sophomore last season.  She set the Big South single-season records for rebounds (403) and blocked shots (121), ranking fourth nationally in both categories.  Parker averaged 13.0 points, 12.2 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and made 50 percent from the field a year ago, in addition to three 20-rebound nights.  In Big South games, she averaged 13.1 rebounds and 4.1 blocks.  She enters the 2012-13 season needing four blocks to become the seventh Big South player with 200 in a career.

Erwin Spencer returns following back-to-back First-Team All-Conference seasons.  She was the Big South's third-leading scorer in 2011-12 with 17.4 points per game, was fourth in the League with 2.35 steals and fifth with 3.8 assists.  Erwin Spencer scored in double figures in 26 of 31 contests, including 14 with at least 20 points, and ranked fifth in the Big South in assist/turnover ratio at 1.2.  She was ninth in the League with a 45.9 field goal percentage and fourth in free throw shooting at 75.0 percent.  Erwin Spencer is close to becoming the third player in Radford's all-time Top 10 in points, assists and steals.

Reynolds was a Second-Team All-Conference honoree and Big South All-Tournament Team member last season.  She scored 15.9 points a game, handed out 4.3 assists and finished second in the Big South with 2.7 steals.  Her 88 takeaways tied the High Point Division I single-season record.  Reynolds ranked third in the Conference in assists as well as seventh in scoring.  She averaged 24.3 points in the Big South Tournament and helped the Panthers reach the Big South Championship game, and tallied 22 points in High Point's WNIT appearance at North Carolina State.