Winthrop senior point guard Dequesha McClanahan has been picked on the College Sports Madness 2014 Mid-Major All-American First Team, it was announced today by the online publication.
McClanahan led the Eagles to their first Big South Conference championship last week after being voted the conference’s Player of the Year for the third straight season. She and her teammates will make their first NCAA tournament appearance next week after learning who they will play on Monday night during ESPN’s Women’s Basketball Selection Show.
The Oak Ridge, Tenn., native broke nearly every school and Big South Conference career offensive record this season. McClanahan is now the all-time scoring and assist leader with 2,255 points and 738 rebounds. And she became the first player in Big South history to score more than 2,000 points, dish out more than 700 assists, grab more than 600 rebounds and make over 250 steals in a career.
In addition to her Big South Player of the Year and First Team All-Conference awards, McClanahan, an exercise science major, was also named to the 2014 Big South All-Academic Team with a 3.38 grade point average.
She will enter NCAA tournament play averaging 17.6 points and 6.7 assists.for a Winthrop team that has set a women’s school record with 24 wins.
Joining McClanahan on the College Sports Madness All-American First Team are: guard Alyssa Baron, Pennsylvania; forward/guard Jasmine Newsome, Tennessee-Martin; forward Joy Adams, Iona; center/forward Molly Schlemer, Cal Poly.
The teams have met 43 times, with the Eagles leading the all-time series 34-9 despite Gardner-Webb taking last year’s three game series 2-1.
The Eagles started out the day in dominant fashion, winning all three of the doubles matches impressively. In the No. 1 doubles position, Winthrop’s Andressa and Alice Garcia were victorious over Presbyterian’s Greer Ransom and Courtney Gardiner 8-3, while Caitlin Cridland and Ekin Gunaysu prevailed in the No. 2 doubles position, 8-2, against Patricia Alves and Kayla Stanford. Beth Williamson and Tijana Uzelac continued Winthrop’s success, defeating Caroline deLoach and Caroline Ferrari, 8-3, in the No. 3 doubles position.
Winthrop swept singles competition, winning all of the matches in straight sets.
The Eagles (5-3, 1-0) will travel to Winston-Salem, N.C., for a match with Wake Forest on Saturday at noon.
The Eagles evened their overall record at 12-12 and improved to 1-2 in the Big South. Charleston Southern fell to 13-14-1 overall and 2-1 in the league.
Winthrop put up five runs in the bottom of the first inning, sending nine batters to the plate. Winthrop posted five hits with run-scoring hits coming from a single by Alex White, scoring one; a two-RBI single by Maddie Antone; and an RBI double from Paige Haley.
The Eagles put up another four runs in the bottom of the third, again sending nine hitters to the box. Winthrop plated runs from hits by Zharne Glover, Megan Winningham and White, with each recording RBI singles.
Sara Allen pitched all five innings, allowing just two hits, both coming in the fifth inning. Her record now stands at 4-5.
The Eagles will return to the field in nonconference competition against the Towson Tigers on Saturday in a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m.