RUSTON — Louisiana Tech senior forward Brandi Wingate was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association women’s basketball Player of the Year by a vote of the state’s media representatives and university media relations directors.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Garry Brodhead was named the Coach of the Year, Grambling’s Shakyla Hill earned the Freshman of the Year, and LSU’s Alexis Hyder was tabbed the Newcomer of the Year.
Wingate was joined on the first team by UL-Lafayette guard Keke Veal, Tulane guard Kolby Morgan, Northwestern State guard Janelle Perez and McNeese State guard Jalyn Johnson.
The second team comprises of Xavier guard Whitney Gathright, Hyder, LSU-Alexandria guard Reagan Maricle, LSU-Shreveport forward Kourtney Pennywell and ULM forward Alayshia Hunter.
The third team consists of Hill, UNO guard Randi Brown, McNeese State guard Allison Baggett, LSU-Alexandria guard Taylor Maricle and UL-Lafayette guard Kia Wilridge.
Although six players picked up at least one vote for player of the year honors, Wingate took home the award after receiving 10 of the 27 votes. She averaged 17.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steals while earning first team all-Conference USA honors. She shot 54 percent from the field, 9-of-20 from the 3-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line.
Hill ran away with the freshman of the year honors, securing 20 of the 27 votes. She earned second-team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference honors after averaging 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.0 assists.
Hyder also easily outdistanced the competition in the newcomer of the year voting, picking up 17 votes. The North Texas transfer led LSU in scoring (12.2) and rebounding (7.9), ranking in the top 10 in the Southeastern Conference in both categories.
In the closest voting of the ballot, Brodhead edged Tulane’s Lisa Stockton for coach of the year. The fourth-year Ragin’ Cajuns coach led the team to a 25-10 record, tying the program record for wins in a season and moving into second place all-time in career wins at UL-Lafayette. He guided the Cajuns to the Women’s Basketball Invitational championship.
LSWA women’s all-state
With game averages and total points received in voting of media representatives and university media relations directors:
Brandi Wingate, Louisiana Tech, forward, senior — 17.2 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.0 steals (337 points)
Keke Veal, UL-Lafayette, guard, senior — 17.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.5 steals (309)
Kolby Morgan, Tulane, guard, sophomore — 17.1 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals, 2.3 assists (286)
Janelle Perez, Northwestern State, guard, senior — 15.8 points; 4.0 assists; 3.7 assists; 1.1 steals (261)
Jalyn Johnson, McNeese State, guard, senior — 15.3 points, 1.7 rebounds., 5.2 assists, 1.5 steals (237)
Whitney Gathright, Xavier, guard, senior — 14.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.4 assists (211)
Alexis Hyder, LSU, forward, junior — 12.2 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists (205)
Reagan Maricle, LSU-Alexandria, guard, senior — 17.1 points, 4.8 rebounds (164)
Kourtney Pennywell, LSU-Shreveport, forward, senior — 17.1 points, 8.6 rebounds (163)
Alayshia Hunter, UL-Monroe, forward, senior — 16.4 points, 7.3 rebounds(141)
Shakyla Hill, Grambling, guard, freshman — 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists (122)
Randi Brown, UNO, guard, sophomore — 17.3 points, 4.0 rebounds (103)
Allison Baggett, McNeese State, guard, senior — 13.8 points, 2.9 rebounds (84)
Taylor Maricle, LSU-Alexandria, guard, senior — 18.6 points, 6.0 rebounds (70)
Kia Wilridge, UL-Lafayette, guard, senior — 11.4 points, 5.2 rebounds (68)
Player of the Year: Brandi Wingate, Louisiana Tech
Freshman of the Year: Shakyla Hill, Grambling
Newcomer of the Year: Alexis Hyder, LSU
Coach of the Year: Garry Brodhead, UL-Lafayette