Men's and women's basketball close out the season

Stephen Burches

Men’s No. 12 senior point guard Stephen Burches of Hammond, La., vs. Univ. of Mobile on Jan. 26, 2012. Photo by Jeff Nelson

Monday, March 19, 2012

Men's basketball garners eight SSAC awards

The 2011-12 Spring Hill College men's basketball team closed out the year with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). The Badgers collected eight postseason awards as chosen by the head coaches of the conference's 14 member institutions.

Freshman center Jake Thelen of Edgewood, Ky., earned several honors, including Freshman of Year of the 2011-12 SSAC All-Freshmen Team, and was named to the All-West Division and All-Conference teams. Thelen finished the year with averages of 18.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game while shooting 63.4% (196-309) from the field.

Sophomore guard Todd Martin from Mobile's St. Paul's Episcopal School was named to the All-West Division roster after a year in which he shot 44.5% (53-119) from 3-point distance and averaged 9.7 points per game. Martin also was named to the 2012 SSAC All-Academic Team.

Frederick Gatson, a freshman forward from Riverdale, Ga., also made the All-Freshman squad by shooting 55.6% (75-135) from the field and averaging 6.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per night.

Senior guard Steve Edwards of Newton, Miss., was chosen as the Badger member of the 2012 Musco Lighting SSAC Champions of Character Team.

Women's basketball closes 2011-12 with five conference awards

The 2011-12 Spring Hill College women's basketball team wrapped up the season with a final record of 9-19 and went 4-14 in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC). SHC brought home five postseason awards from the SSAC as chosen by the head coaches of the conference's 15 member institutions.

Junior center April Bradford of Pensacola, Fla., was named to the SSAC All-West Division Team. She averaged 11.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

Point guard Elissa VandeWaa of Spanish Fort, Ala., earned her spot on the SSAC All-Freshman roster by shooting 40.3% (50-124) from the field while handing out a team-leading 86 assists and averaging 5.4 points per game.

Junior guard Christina Watson, an accounting major from Brighton, Ala., earned recognition with her selection to the SSAC All-Academic Team.

Sophomore guard Bria Bohanon of Ponchatoula, La., was named to the Musco Lighting SSAC Champions of Character Team.

As a team, first-year head coach Karen McConico's Badgers also won the 2012 SSAC West Division Sportsmanship Award for their demonstration of character on and off the court throughout the year.

Stephen Burches
Elissa VandeWaa