Cassidy Barrios again crowned Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year
Abilene Christian and Lamar lead with two all-academic selections apiece
FRISCO, Texas – For the second-straight year, Nicholls guard Cassidy Barrios is the 2018-19 Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Thursday along with the all-academic selections. Southland yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition.
Barrios, now a three-time All-Academic team selection, led Nicholls to their first-ever 20-win season as the Colonels rounded out the year at 20-12 overall and 14-4 in Southland play. The senior was named a first team all-conference and a Southland All-Defensive team selection in her senior campaign. Barrios averaged 20.6 points per game, while leading the Southland averaging 10.8 rebounds per contest. Additionally, she tabbed a conference-best 19 double-doubles, which ranked 11th in the NCAA. The Raceland, La., native was one of six Division I players to average 20.0 points and 10.0 rebounds throughout the season and was the only player to also average 4.0 assists. Barrios registered 21 20-point games and became the Nicholls all-time leading scorer with 1,993 points. She was one of 30 NCAA Division I student-athletes to be nominated for the Senior CLASS Award and was a member of the Southland Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Barrios holds a 3.65 GPA and will graduate as a business management major.
Houston Baptist’s Amanda Johnson is an automatic qualifier to the all-academic first team after being named a CoSIDA Academic All-District and a second-team All-American selection earlier this season. Johnson is the sole Southland player to receive CoSIDA honors. The HBU senior holds a perfect 4.0 GPA as a biology major and eclipsed the career 1,000-point mark against Lamar earlier this season. Johnson concluded her career with the Huskies logging 1,056 points.
Lamar’s Chastadie Barrs and Moe Kinard join the first-team all-academic squad after claiming first team All-Conference honors following regular-season play. Barrs closed out a historic senior season for the Cardinals after becoming the NCAA all-time leader in career steals (648) in addition to being named the Southland Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. Barrs, a DeSoto, Texas, product, became the second player in NCAA history to complete a career with at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 500 assists and 500 steals. The Lamar guard has been named to the Dean’s List and completed her undergraduate degree in 3.5 years. She currently holds a 3.53 GPA as a nutrition graduate student.
Kinard also sealed a memorable senior campaign for the Cardinals, setting the NCAA single-game record for three pointers made (13) against University of Denver (Nov. 23, 2018). In that same contest, Kinard set the Lamar program record for points (58). She finished her Cardinal career setting the program’s record for career three-pointers made (230) and did so in three years of play. The New Iberia, La., native maintains a 3.50 GPA as a graduate Criminal Justice major.
Stephen F. Austin’s Imani Johnson rounds out the Academic All-Conference First Team as an automatic qualifier following her First Team All-Conference appointment. Johnson paced the Ladyjacks with 98 assists this season for a 3.06 per game average. The senior led her SFA squad to Women’s National Invitation Tournament appearance following a 25-7 overall record and a 16-2 mark in conference play. Johnson, a senior, has sustained a 3.36 GPA as a management major.
Abilene Christian joins Lamar as the only program with two selections on the All-Academic roster as juniors Breanna Wright and Dominique Golightly were named to the second team. The Wildcats’ tandem was crucial in ACU’s postseason run that resulted in a Southland Conference Tournament title and the program’s first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.
Central Arkansas’ Kamry Orr earns a second team all-academic bid as a general science major with a 3.53 GPA. Orr pushed the No. 8-seeded Sugar Bears to an upset over No. 5 Sam Houston State in the opening round of the 2019 Southland Conference Tournament. The senior guard led her UCA squad with 16.0 points and 3.6 assists per game.
Shania Woods gains a spot on the second team after rounding out a stellar season for the Privateers, averaging 14.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. Woods holds a 3.50 GPA in business administration, was Privateer Silver Scholar for the Fall of 2018 and was most recently named Third Team All-Southland Conference for her play.
Northwestern State’s Victoria Miller rounds out the Southland All-Academic roster with a spot on the Second Team. Miller is academically classified as a graduate student and has compiled a 3.97 GPA in the sport management program after completing her undergraduate degree in 2.5 years. She logged the highest GPA among her College of Business peers and is now pursuing a master’s degree in sport management. Miller finished the season shooting 47.0-percent from the field and 33.3-percent from three-point range.
The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member schools, votes for the Southland Student-Athletes of the Year. The award is presented to one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees must have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution.
Southland All-Academic teams are voted on by a head coach, sports information director and academic/compliance staff member from each Southland Conference institution. Student-athletes must possess a 3.00 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for all-academic selection.
CoSIDA Academic All-District and All-America honorees are automatically named to the Southland All-Academic First Team, as well as eligible first team all-conference selections.
2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year: Cassidy Barrios, Nicholls
2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic First Team
|Cassidy Barrios*3||Nicholls||Sr.||3.65||Business Management|
|Amanda Johnson%2||Houston Baptist||Sr.||4.00||Biology|
|Moe Kinard*2||Lamar||Gr.||3.50||Criminal Justice|
|Imani Johnson*||Stephen F. Austin||Sr.||3.36||Management|
2018-19 Southland Women’s Basketball All-Academic Second Team
|Kamry Orr||Central Arkansas||Sr.||3.53||General Science|
|Shania Woods||New Orleans||Sr.||3.50||Master’s-Business Administration|
|Breanna Wright2||Abilene Christian||Jr.||3.53||English – Teaching|
|Dominique Golightly||Abilene Christian||Jr.||3.35||Elementary Education|
|Victoria Miller||Northwestern State||Gr.||3.97||Sport Management|
* – First Team All-Conference
% – CoSIDA Academic All-American
2 – Two-time All-Academic Selection
3 – Three-time All-Academic Selection
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