March 4, 2009
Rome, Ga. - The Shorter College women's basketball team made some noise at the 2008-09 Southern States Athletic Conference end-of-year banquet on Wednesday night at Shorter's Winthrop-King Centre. Katarina Martinovic was named the conference's Player of the Year, Nicole Frechette was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, and the team received the conference's first-ever Sportsmanship Award.
The SSAC Sportsmanship Award is a first-year award from the conference. This institutional award recognizes one team for their display of high standards of sportsmanship, fairness and equity in contests and relationships.
Additionally, both Martinovic and Frechette were named to the All-Conference team, and Allison Danner was named to the All-Freshmen team. Two members of the Lady Hawks - Hanna Chapman and Whitni Tucker - were named All-Academic and Megan Queen was named the school's Champion of Character recipient.
Martinovic, a senior wing from Serbia Montenegro, came to the Lady Hawks last season and was named to the 2007-08 NAIA All-American Team, and was also the conference's Newcomer of the Year. This season, she leads Shorter in points with 531, and is only 15 away from 1000 career points as a Lady Hawk. She is second in the conference and fourteenth in the NAIA in three-point percentage with 42.9%.
On Feb. 12, Martinovic scored a career-high (at Shorter) 30 points and 10 rebounds (her lone double-double with points/rebounds of the season) against conference-foe Brenau, a game that the Lady Hawks won in double-overtime. Her other double-double came against Brewton-Parker on Dec. 10, when she had 12 points and 10 assists.
Frechette, a four-year senior post player from Acworth, Ga., led the conference this season in double-doubles with 11, in average rebounds with 10 per game, and in average defensive rebounds with 6.6 per game. Last week, she surpassed the all-time Shorter College Lady Hawk career-rebound mark, passing the 888 mark held since 2002 by Shorter Hall-of-Famer Tramaine Paul.
Frechette finished the last eight regular season games with five double-doubles, including a 22 rebound and five block game against Brenau. She has 301 rebounds and 55 blocks this season.
Danner, a freshman from Roswell, Ga., was one of the six players named to the All-Freshman team. She finished the 2008-09 regular season with 106 points and 54 rebounds.
The Champion of Character award, given to Queen, is provided to one student-athlete per team selected by the coaches of the teams following each season of competition. Student-athletes were selected based on the criteria outlined in the NAIA Champions of Character Program - respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.
Tucker and Chapman received All-Academic selection, which is presented to all student-athletes who excel in the classroom. Nominees must have completed two terms of attendance and earned at least 24 semester hours of college level work, have attained a grade point average of 3.25 or higher based on all courses attempted at the current institution and from all previously attended institutions attended, and be participating in his/her sport during the semester in which the nomination is made.
The Lady Hawks play their first game of the Southern States Athletic Conference tournament tomorrow against Emmanuel College with a 12 p.m. tip-off, at Berry College's Cage Center.