Pierria Henry has been honored by Conference USA, being named to the conference’s postseason third team prior to the league’s tournament, which begins tomorrow.
Henry wrapped up the 2013-14 regular season with a 12.6 scoring average, recording 5.2 rebounds and 2.2 steals an outing. His 6.00 assists put him behind Louisiana Tech’s Speedy Smith (7.90) while his scoring average is 21st.
But it hasn’t been all peaches and cream for Henry and his team. The Niners struggled to a ninth-place Conference USA finish, fueled in part by a six-game losing streak that left them 1-6 in the month of February. They hope things turn around as they take on UAB in the second round on Wednesday.
There weren’t a ton of surprises on the league’s first team roster. FAU’s Pablo Bertone made the list, along with UAB’s Chad Frazier, Middle Tennessee’s Shawn Jones, LA Tech’s Smith and Neil Watson from Southern Miss.
Vince Hunter and Julian Washburn (UTEP), Tymell Murphy (FIU), Akeem Richmond (ECU) and James Woodard (Tulsa) found themselves on the second team, while John Bohannan (UTEP), Kareem Canty (Marshall), Michael Craig (Southern Miss) and Alex Hamilton (LA Tech) joined Henry on the third team.
The specialty awards should be announced soon, with player of the year honors possibly going to either Bertone or Frazier. Canty should pick up freshman of the year honors behind his 16.4 points a game (5th in the league) and his 5.71 assists (third), despite the fact that Hunter was on the second team and Canty was named to the third team.
The women’s specialty awards were announced today. Middle Tennessee’s Ebony Rowe–not FIU’s Jerica Coley–was named the league’s player of the year.
Rowe averaged over eight points less than Coley (21.3 to 29.6) but held the edge in rebounding (11.6 vs. 6.8) and played on a much more talented team. The Blue Raiders enter the tournament as a favorite to win it all (ranked #22 and suffering just one league loss during the regular season) while the Panthers were just 12-17 (6-10) as they were unable to find a consistent offensive threat besides their star guard.
Ny Hammonds found herself on the league’s second team, while Lefty Webster was an all-freshman selection.