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Hawley Named Freshman of the Year; Caples, Kennedy Receive All-GAC – Harding University Athletics


SEARCY – Harding forward Sage Hawley received Great American Conference Freshman of the Year honors Tuesday in a vote of the conference’s coaches. Senior Carissa Caples earned First Team All-GAC, Hawley was Second Team All-GAC and senior Kennedy Cooper received honorable mention.

A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Hawley leads Harding in scoring average (14.3) and total rebounds (94). She is shooting 52% and has a team-high 18 blocked shots.

Hawley is Harding’s fourth GAC Freshman of the Year, joining Montana Lewis (2012), A’ndrea Haney (2014) and Kellie Lampo (2018).

Caples, a native of Rose Bud, Arkansas, averages 14.1 points and leads the team with 39 assists and 18 steals. She is now a three-time All-GAC honoree, earning Second Team in 2019 and First Team in 2020.

Cooper, a native of Izard County, Arkansas, earned her first All-GAC honor. She averages 10.9 points and 6.9 rebounds and is second on the team with 43 offensive rebounds.

Harding is still alive in the GAC Tournament after defeating Arkansas-Monticello 90-61 Monday in Searcy. The Lady Bisons, the No. 3 seed from the GAC Eastern Division, will play Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in Durant, Oklahoma, against Southeastern Oklahoma, the No. 2 seed from the GAC Western Division.

Below are the conference’s awards for the 2020-21 season:

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #34 Makyra Tramble, F, So.

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

SOUTHERN NAZARENE #14 Abby Niehues, P, Sr.

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

HARDING #24 Sage Hawley, F


 

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR

ARKANSAS-TECH #20 Ashlei Lopez, G, Jr.

 

COACH OF THE YEAR

ARKANSAS TECH – Dave Wilbers

 

FIRST TEAM ALL-GAC – * Unanimous Selection

* SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #5 Kamryn Cantwell, G, Jr.

* ARKANSAS-TECH #20 Ashlei Lopez, G, Jr.

* HENDERSON STATE #22 Maci Mains, G, Jr.

* SOUTHEASTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #13 Briley Moon, G, Jr.

* ARKANSAS-TECH #11 Jayana Sanders, G, Sr.

* SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #34 Makyra Tramble, F, So.

HARDING #14 Carissa Caples, G, Sr.

SOUTHERN NAZARENE #14 Abby Niehues, P, Sr.

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SECOND TEAM ALL-GAC

NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #30 Bailey Brown, F, Sr.

OUACHITA #22 Eden Crow, P, Sr,

NORTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #5 Scout Frame, F, Sr.

SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #33 Karly Gore, G, So.

HARDING #24 Sage Hawley, F, Fr.

OUACHITA #13 Makayla Miller, G, So.

EAST CENTRAL #12 Kendall Schulte, G, Sr.

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS #1 Kisi Young, F, Sr.

 

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-GAC

HARDING #42 Kennedy Cooper, F, Sr. 

SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE #32 Bethany Franks, F, Sr.

SOUTHERN NAZARENE #22 Kennedy Gillette,  G, Sr.

SOUTHERN ARKANSAS #0 Ariana Guinn, G, Jr.

EAST CENTRAL #3 Madison Rehl, G, Sr.

ARKANSAS-TECH #3 Kaley Shipman, G, So.

 



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