Feb. 29, 2012
SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Western Carolina women's basketball senior Kaila'Shea Menendez was named to the 2012 All-Southern Conference team, and Ali Lane to the All-Freshman team, following a balloting of the league's head coaches as announced by the league office today.
This is Menendez's first appearance on the All-Southern Conference team in her four years at Western Carolina. She was named to the All-Freshman team in 2009.
Menendez leads the Catamounts averaging 11.7 points per game which ranks her ninth in the Southern Conference. She also ranks sixth in free throw percentage (80.4) and eighth in steals (1.7) in the Southern Conference. She has scored in double figures 19 times scoring a career-high 26 points against Chattanooga on December 19, 2011. Menendez also became the 23rd player in school history to go over 1,000 points in her career and currently has 1,114 points.
Lane is the second straight Catamount player to be named to the Southern Conference All-Freshman Team. Last season, Rena Wakama was honored on the all-freshman squad. Lane is also the sixth WCU player in six years to garner the award. Lane has started every game for the Catamounts moving from the two guard to the point guard position midway through the season. She is averaging 4.9 points per game.
Chattanooga placed three players on the All-Conference team with senior Whitney Hood, junior Kayla Christopher and sophomore Taylor Hall. Davidson's Sophia Aleksandravicius, who was also named Southern Conference Player of the Year, was joined by teammate sophomore Laura Murray. Appalachian State placed two on the All-Conference team with juniors Anna Freeman and Courtney Freeman. Also earning All-SoCon honors were Elon junior Ali Ford and Samford senior Paige Anderson.
Furman forward Brittany Hodges was named Freshman of the Year. Hodges, who also earned a spot on the All-Freshmen team was joined by Appalachian State's Maryah Sydnor, Elon's Sam Coffer and Samford's Taylor Reece.
Davidson Head Coach Michelle Savage was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year.
Number seven seeded Western Carolina opens the Southern Conference Tournament Friday at 2 p.m. in Kimmel Arena, in Asheville, against No. 10 seed Georgia Southern. Should the Catamounts defeat the Eagles, Western Carolina will move on to the next round to face No. 2 seed Appalachian State at 6 p.m.