SSU Sports Release
Alannah Sheets headlined a trio of Shawnee State women’s basketball players that were selected as first-team All-Mid-South Conference performers as announced by conference officials Thursday.
Sheets was named the MSC Player of the Year, while fellow classmates Diane Abbady and Priscila Santos were also named first-team All-MSC honorees. The Bears’ three first-team All-MSC selections were the most of any school in the conference.
Sheets is the sixth player in program history to be named Conference Player of the Year. However, she is the first player at Shawnee State to earn MSC Player of the Year since the Bears joined the conference at the start of the 2010-11 season. The last SSU player to earn Conference Player of the Year distinctions was Becky Babione, who was named the American Mideast Conference Player of the Year following the 2008-09 season.
The Bears’ three first-team All-MSC selections marked the first time in program history the Bears have had three different players named first-team All-Conference.
In addition to being a the MSC Player of the Year and first-team All-MSC selection this season, Sheets was also a first-team All-MSC recipient in her sophomore season. She was named second-team All-MSC during her junior campaign.
Sheets led the team in every offensive category during the 2013-14 season. Her 20.7 points per game made her the first SSU player since Erica Hayes in the 1998-99 season to lead the conference in scoring. She averaged over a point more per game than the second leading scorer in the conference. She has already scored 600 points this season, which ranks as the eighth-most in program history in a single year with the postseason still to play. Her points per game average currently ranks as the fourth-highest single season total in program history.
She will enter the postseason on a hot streak as she has scored 20 or more points in five straight games. Nine different times during this past season she recorded 20 or more points in a game. She has scored in double figures in all but two games this season. In MSC competition, Sheets averaged 21.7 points per game.
The senior captain also led the conference with 89 treys this season, 27 more than the second-ranked player in the MSC. Those 89 3-pointers this season are currently tied for the fourth most in a single season at Shawnee State. She just tied the program record eight 3-pointers in a single game in the regular season finale and needs just 14 more treys to break the school single season record.
As a four-year starter, Sheets is also climbing the career record book at Shawnee State. She has already broken the school record for minutes played in a career, logging 4,362 minutes of playing time. She needs just two more starts to break that career record. She is currently fourth with 133 career games played. She currently ranks second in program history in both 3-pointers made (268) and free throws made (397), while ranking third on the all-time scoring list (1,871 points).
With Sheets leading the MSC in scoring, Abbady led the conference in rebounding. She averaged 10.2 rebounds per game this season, with a slightly better 10.6 rebounds per game in conference play. The senior also led the entire conference with 11 double-doubles during the regular season. Abbady also led the Bears in field goal percentage (.521), ranking third in the entire conference in that category. Her 296 rebounds this season currently ranks 10th for a single year in program history.
In addition to her rebounding prowess, Abbady also scored 10 or more points in 23 games during the regular season. She averaged 14.3 points per game, which was the third-highest mark on the team. Her points per game average spiked to 15.2 per contest during the MSC slate.
In addition to Abbady, Santos was also named first-team All-MSC for the first time in her career with the Bears. In her first and only season with the Bears, Santos ranked second on the team with 16.4 points per game. That mark was the fifth-highest in the conference and gave Shawnee State three different players that averaged 10 or more points in a game. She also ranked fifth in the conference in field goal percentage (.486).
Santos scored in double figures during 23 of the 28 games she played in during the regular season. She also led the team in 20-plus point performances as she scored that many points in 11 different contests. Santos was also a first-team All-American Midwest Conference selection at William Woods last season to go along with second-team All-American honors a season ago.
Women’s basketball will now turn its attention to the Mid-South Conference Tournament this weekend as it opens the postseason against Lindsey Wilson. That game Friday will tip at 5 p.m. EST (4 p.m. CST). The Bears finished the season 18-11 overall, including an 11-7 mark in the Mid-South Conference to finish fourth in the regular season standings. The No. 25 Bears are riding an eight-game winning streak into the postseason.