UAB's Deanna Jackson Named C-USA Player Of The Year

March 1, 2001

MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Louisville head Coach Martin Clapp and Deanna Jackson of UAB headline the list of Conference USA award winners announced by the league tonight. A ceremony was held at the Hilton City Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, site of the 2001 Conference USA Tournament.

Clapp was named Coach of the Year after steering the Cardinals to their first outright C-USA regular season title with a 14-2 overall conference mark. After starting the season out 0-5, Louisville went on to win 17 of their last 19 games, and finished 13-0 at home this season. In Clapp's first year as sole head coach, he led the team to a 19-8 overall record, while earning the No. 1 seed in the C-USA Tournament.

After averaging 25.3 points and 11.6 rebounds, Jackson earned Player of the Year honors as well as a spot on the All-Conference First Team. The 6-2 junior forward has recorded 18 double-doubles this season after leading the nation last season with 24. She became the school's all-time leading shot blocker with 110 career blocks. Jackson is ranked second in the nation in scoring and sixth in rebounding.

Joining Jackson on the first team is Tulane's senior center Janell Burse, senior forward Tiffany Adkins of Memphis, along with Charlotte senior guard Tonya Phifer, Houston freshman forward Chandi Jones and freshman guard Sara Nord of Louisville. Burse leads the league in blocked shots (61) and ranks second in rebounding (10.6) and first in field goal percentage (.603). Adkins ranks third in the league in scoring, averaging 18.3 points and has posted seven double-doubles this season. Phifer paced the 49ers, leading the team in scoring at 17.2 points per game and ranks in the top 10 on C-USA's all-time list in scoring (1,470), steals (209), and assists (341). Before suffering a season ending knee injury, Jones ranked second in the league in scoring, averaging 21.5 points and was the nation's leading freshman scorer. Nord recorded the school's first ever triple double and is second on the team in scoring, averaging 14.0 points, and leads the league in assists (210). The 5-4 freshman broke C-USA's single-season assist record in league games with 132 and has recorded six double-doubles this year.

The All-Conference second team includes: South Florida sophomore guard Aiya Shepard, junior guard Marju Sober of Louisville, senior forward Monet Sykes of Houston, senior forward Mia Thrash of UAB, and DePaul junior forward Lenae Williams.

Named to the All-Conference third team were a pair of Marquette players, senior guard Heidi Bowman and junior center Sarah Zawodny, along with Tulane junior guard Sarah Goree, sophomore guard Christan Shelton of Saint Louis and Tulane sophomore forward Gwen Slaughter.

Houston forward Chandi Jones was named Freshman of the Year after guiding Houston to a 10-6 conference record and its first ever bye in the Conference USA Tournament. Jones paced all C-USA freshman in scoring with 429 points and posted a career-high 32 points in Houston's upset win over then No. 9 Louisiana Tech. Joining Jones on the All-Freshman team is Sara Nord of Louisville, Valerie King of Cincinnati, Princess Swilley of Memphis and Natasha Thomas of UAB.

The league's Sixth Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards went to a pair of Tulane players. Teana McKiver earned the Sixth Player award after averaging 7.8 points and recording 47 blocks this season. For the third straight year Janell Burse was named Defensive Player of the Year, leading the league in blocked shots, averaging 2.18. Burse has blocked a total of 243 shots in her career, making her C-USA all-time leader. Conference USA award winners were selected by a panel including the league's head coaches, sports information directors and media representatives.


All-Conference First Team Tiffany Adkins, Memphis F Sr. Newbern, Tenn. Janell Burse, Tulane C Sr. New Orleans, La. Deanna Jackson, UAB F So. Brewton, Ala. Chandi Jones, Houston F Fr. Bay City, Texas Sara Nord, Louisville G Fr. Jeffersonville, Ind. Tonya Phifer, Charlotte G Sr. Charlotte, N.C.

Second Team Aiya Shepard, South Florida G So. Palestine, Texas. Marju Sober, Louisville G Jr. Lexington, Ky./Estonia, Finland Monet Sykes, Houston F Sr. Cerritos, Calif. Mia Thrash, UAB F Sr. Atlanta, Ga. Lenae Williams, DePaul F Jr. Addison, Ill.

Third Team Heidi Bowman, Marquette F Sr. Piercy, Calif. Sarah Goree, Tulane F Jr. Baton Rouge, La. Christan Shelton, Saint Louis G So. Saint Louis, Mo. Gwen Slaughter, Tulane F So. Mamou, La. Sarah Zawodny, Marquette C Jr. Beavercreek, Ohio

All-Freshman Team Chandi Jones, Houston F Fr. Bay City, Texas Valerie King, Cincinnati G Fr. Washington Courthouse, Ohio Sara Nord, Louisville G Fr. Jeffersonville, Ind. Princess Swilley, Memphis G Fr. Wesson, Miss. Natasha Thomas, UAB F Fr. Moulton, Ala.

Coach of the Year Martin Clapp, Louisville

Player of the Year Deanna Jackson, UAB

Freshman of the Year Chandi Jones, Houston

Defensive Player of the Year Janell Burse, Tulane

Sixth Player of the Year Teana McKiver, Tulane