Women's Basketball Celebrates Season With Awards Banquet

Women's Basketball Celebrates Season With Awards Banquet

Individual Award Winners

Offensive Player of the Year—Ylexzis Traeger

Freshman, Sheet Metal, Newport News, VA  

  • USCAA Second Team All-American
  • Five double-doubles as a freshman
  • Scored in double figures in 21 of 26 games
  • Went for season-best 35 points and 11 rebounds against WVU Tech
  • Hauled in season-best 13 rebounds against Barber-Scotia College.
  • Hit team-best 75.4% from the foul line
  • Her 11 free throws made against WVU Tech equals the fifth most in a game for the Lady Builders and the most in seven years
  • For the year she averaged 13.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game

Defensive Player of the Year—Jessica Neighbors

Sophomore, Molder, Chicago. IL.

  • Was put on the opposing team's top scorer
  • Had 32 steals on the year – season-best three on three occasions
  • Hit a team-best 43.9% from the floor on the season
  • Had seven games of eight or more rebounds – topped by 11 against Central Penn College.
  • Season-high 16 points against Juniata College.
  • For the year she averaged 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game

MVP—Kenya Wilkerson

Junior, Electrician, Richmond, VA

  • First Team USCAA All-American
  • USCAA All-Academic Selection
  • Second Team Va. Sports Information Directors All-State Team – first honoree since 2008-09
  • Three double-doubles (two of those points-assists)
  • 2nd in USCAA in Assists (146)
  • 4th in USCAA in Steals (89)
  • Career-high 27 points against Christopher Newport University
  • Seven games of at least five steals
  • Eight games of at least seven assists
  • Five-game stretch where she averaged just under 11 assists per game
  • 12 assists twice against USCAA National Tournament qualifiers St. Joseph's College-Brooklyn and St. Mary Of The Woods College
  • For the year she averaged 12.9 points, 5.8 rebounds and 5.6 assists per game.

Most Improved—Quanisha Bruce

Freshman, Maintenance Electrician, Richmond, VA

  • One she was inserted into the starting lineup – she averaged over eight rebounds per game with 53 of her 100 on the offensive boards.
  • Six games of double figure rebounding – including season best 18 at Barber-Scotia College
  • Had five double-doubles – two of which came during the MLK Classic with 19 points and 15 boards against Briarcliffe College and 12 points/14 boards against St. Mary Of The Woods College.
  • For the year she averaged 5.1 points and 7.2 rebounds

Builder Award – Courtney White

Sophomore, Shipfitter, Norfolk, VA

  • Turned herself into a consistent outside threat for the Lady Builders as she hit 40 3-pointers
  • Had four 3-pointers made in a game twice – against Widener University and Central Penn College.
  • Hauled in season-best 10 rebounds on four occasions
  • Had her first collegiate double-double with career-high 27 points and 10 rebounds against Central Penn College.
  • For the year she averaged 10.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per game

Leadership Award—Shanae Hilliard

Senior, Molder, Alamogordo, NM

  • 2014-15 USCAA Women's Division I Student-Athlete Of The Year – first-ever recipient
  • USCAA All-Academic Selection
  • Finished career with the single-season and career 3-pointers made records
  • Eight games of at least four 3-pointers made – two of those with five made
  • Topped her single-season record with 64 made as a senior – after 60 as a junior
  • Scored career-best 31 points against West Va. Tech
  • For the year she averaged 13.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game

Team Notes

  • Shanae Hilliard named USCAA Women's Division I Student-Athlete of the Year – first-ever recipient
  • Kenya Wilkerson named USCAA First Team All-American
  • Ylexzis Traeger named USCAA Second Team All-American
  • Wilkerson and Hilliard named USCAA All-Academic
  • Wilkerson named Va. Sports Information Directors Second Team All-State
  • Qualified for USCAA Nationals for second straight year and fifth of last six seasons.
  • Played an incredibly strong schedule facing two 2014 NCAA Division III National Tournament qualifiers and three NCAA Division II schools in the span of three weeks.
  • Defeated Eastern Mennonite University, who won the Old Dominion Athletic Conference regular-season title and a game in the 2015 NCAA Division III National Tournament.
  • Played eventual NCAA Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Tournament winner Virginia State University.
  • Celebrated the 20th anniversary of Women's Basketball at The Apprentice School in front of a packed house against Christopher Newport University.
  • Lost to eventual USCAA National Champion Daemen University.
  • First-time where two Lady Builders scored 30+ points in a game – Ylexzis Traeger (35) and Shanae Hilliard (31) against NAIA Division I/USCAA member WVU Tech in a 99-92 home loss.