COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — The Austin College women’s basketball team cleaned up in the 2017-18 voting for All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference awards, with Bryce Frank named the league’s Co-Player of the Year,while Meghan Lewis was named the SCAC Defensive Player of the Year and head coach Michelle Filander was tabbed as the conference’s Coach of the Year.
In addition to earning those major awards, Frank and Lewis were named All-SCAC alongside Ann Savage, Addison Walling, Ally Longaker, and Kacie West.
Filander was named the conference’s Coach of the Year in her eighth season at the helm after guiding the ‘Roos to a 20-5 regular season record and the team’s second regular season championship in the past three years.
Picked in the preseason to finish second in the SCAC, Filander guided Austin College to a 13-1 mark in conference play, the most conference wins for the program since joining the league in 2006-07.
Frank, a junior forward from Granbury, tied with Trinity’s Micah Weaver for Player of the Year honors and was named first-team All-SCAC after putting together one of the best single seasons in program history. Frank finished second in the conference with 18 points per game while also leading the SCAC in rebounding for the second year in a row, pulling down 10.5 rebounds per game. She also led the SCAC with a 54 percent field goal percentage in addition to finishing fifth in assists per game with 3.3 per-game.
Lewis, a senior guard from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was named a second-team All-SCAC performer along with being the Defensive Player of the Year. Lewis led the SCAC in steals, coming away with 2.8 per game, and totaling 71 on the year. Lewis had eight games with at least four steals, including coming one shy of the SCAC record of 11 steals when she had 10 in a road victory over Centenary. She also averaged 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game.
Savage, a junior guard from Tulsa, Oklahoma, was selected as a second-team All-SCAC pick and was second on the team with 10.5 points per game, good for 12th in the SCAC. Savage also led the SCAC with 3.8 assists per game while boasting a 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. She also finished 12th in the league with 1.7 steals per game and fifth in the conference with a three-point clip of 36 percent.
Walling, a freshman guard from Moss Beach, California, was an honorable mention All-SCAC pick after finishing fourth on the team with 7.6 points per game, and her 3.1 assists per game were good for sixth in the SCAC. She also ranked among the top 15 in the league with 1.5 steals per game and added 4.6 rebounds while shooting 34.4 percent from three-point range.
Longaker, a freshman forward from El Granada, California, was an honorable mention All-SCAC selection after averaging 6.4 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 46.1 percent from the field on the year. Longaker also finished third on the team in blocked shots and posted career highs of 18 points and nine rebounds during the year.
West, a freshman guard from Sulphur, Oklahoma, was an honorable mention All-SCAC pick after finishing third on the team with 10.1 points per game coming off the bench for the ‘Roos, shooting 34.9 percent from three-point range and leading the SCAC with an 83.3 percent free throw percentage. West reached double-digits in scoring in 15 of the team’s 25 regular season games, including going for more than 20 points twice.
Austin College men’s basketball players Justice Mercadel and Michael Holland were each selected as All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference performers for the 2017-18 season.
Mercadel, a freshman guard from Little Elm, was a third-team All-SCAC selection after leading Austin College and finishing seventh in the SCAC with an average of 16.6 points per game. He also shot 48.2 percent from the field and led the SCAC with 2.5 steals per game. Mercadel was also seventh in the conference with 1.1 blocks per game, and 10th with 2.9 assists per game and was selected as the conference Player of the Week once during the season.
Holland, a freshman forward from Waxahachie, was an honorable mention All-SCAC pick after finishing third in the conference with 8.8 rebounds per game while adding 13 points per game. That scoring average was good for third on the team and 16th in the SCAC. Holland also finished ninth in the SCAC with a 50.4 percent field goal percentage, sixth in blocked shots with 1.1 per game and eighth in steals with 1.4 per game.