HURT HEADLINES THREE RAMS ON ALL-CAA SQUADS
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. – Three Virginia Commonwealth University women's basketball players received All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades Wednesday evening at the conference's annual pre-tournament awards banquet at The Gaylord National Resort in Upper Marlboro, Md.
Junior Courtney Hurt led VCU's trio, receiving first team All-CAA and second team All-Academic honors. Classmate Andrea Barbour received second team All-CAA accolades and freshman Jacqueline Brewer garnered All-Rookie recognition.
VCU is one of just three CAA schools to place a member on the first team in each of the last four seasons. Hurt joins D'Andra Moss (2010), Quanitra Hollingsworth (2009) and Krystal Vaughn (2008) on the list of first team honorees during that span.
Hurt (pictured, right) turned in arguably the most dominating campaign in school history this season, leading the nation in rebounding (12.6 rpg) and double-doubles (23) while ranking third in scoring (23.4 ppg). She became the fastest player in VCU history to break the school's single-season scoring record, while also shattering the school's double-doubles mark. Hurt, who was named to the Naismith Trophy Midseason Top 30 list, has posted a double-double in 23 of VCU's 28 games, 18 times tallying at least 20 points and 10 rebounds. Her 12 straight double-doubles to start the year was the ninth-longest streak in NCAA history. Only 21 players have ever posted 23 or more double-doubles in a season.
The Conyers, Ga., native, who already set the school record for free throws in a season (180), enters the CAA Tournament needing nine rebounds and three field goals to establish program records. Hurt also tied VCU's single-game scoring record with 35 points against UNC Wilmington on Jan. 6 and recorded her first career 20-20 game with 23 points and a career-high 20 rebounds versus Drexel on Jan. 30. Always a consistent force for the Rams, Hurt has scored in double figures in a school record 37 straight and 52 of VCU's last 56 games.
After sitting out the first semester following a transfer from Patrick Henry Community College, Barbour (pictured, left) has made her presence felt since her debut at Radford on Dec. 23. The Charlottesville, Va., native is averaging 31.3 minutes, 15.5 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals per game since joining the Rams. Barbour, a one-time Virginia AA State Player of the Year and McDonalds All-America finalist at Charlottesville High School, scored a career-high 28 points at Delaware on Feb. 24 after dropping 24 at Drexel on Feb. 20. She is averaging 18.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg and 2.8 apg in VCU's last 11 outings. The Rams are 14-5 since Barbour, who received 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference All-Rookie honors at Virginia Tech, joined the lineup.
Brewer, meanwhile, is the first freshman since Quanitra Hollingsworth in 2006 to receive rookie recognition. A native of Winchester, Va., Brewer (pictured, right) averaged 4.2 points and 12.1 minutes off the bench as a freshman. She was named CAA Player of the Week on Nov. 22 after pouring in a career-high 14 points with three rebounds and a pair of steals at Virginia Tech. Brewer, who scored 11 points on 3-of-6 shooting from long range in her collegiate debut, is currently third on the team with 19 three-point field goals. She has seen action in all 28 games this season.
James Madison's Dawn Evans was named CAA Player of the Year, while UNC Wilmington's Cynthia Cooper-Dyke received CAA Coach of the Year honors. The Seahawks' Alisha Andrews garnered Rookie of the Year recognition and Old Dominion's Jasmine parker was named Defensive Player of the Year. William & Mary's Lindsey Moller received the prestigious Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.
The Rams, who will serve as the No. 4 seed in this weekend's CAA Women's Basketball Championship, face the winner of No. 5 Hofstra/No. 12 William & Mary in the quarterfinals Friday at 2:30 p.m. at The Show Place Arena.