Transylvania’s Nicole Coffman Named HCAC Women’s Basketball MVP

GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University’s Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) has been selected as the 2012-2013 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Most Valuable Player, headlining the 12-member All-HCAC 1st and 2nd teams. Coffman is the first sophomore to win the HCAC women’s basketball MVP award.

Coffman, a sophomore guard for the Pioneers, guided her team to a fourth HCAC title this winter.  She led the league in scoring, averaging 20.3 points per game and ranked second in free throw percentage (86.8%) during conference play.  Coffman also contributed 4.1 rebounds per game and shot 43.3% from behind the arc during HCAC action this season.

Her efforts enabled the Pioneers to finish the conference season with a 16-2 record and a 21-6 mark overall.  The Pioneers ended their season with an 83-66 setback to Hanover in the HCAC tournament final Sunday.

Transylvania University’s Katelyn Smith (Hazard, Ky./Perry Co. Central) has been named the 2012-2013 HCAC Freshman of the Year.  Smith, a guard for the Pioneers, ranked second in the HCAC in scoring (15.7 ppg), first in free throw percentage (87.1%), and ninth in field goal percentage (45.1%) during the conference season.  The freshman also contributed 3.6 rebounds and shot 45.7% from three-point range.

Transylvania’s Greg Todd has been awarded the HCAC Coach of the Year award for the third time in his career.  The six-year head coach led the Pioneers to their fourth HCAC women’s basketball championship, finishing 16-2 in league play. Transylvania finished the season 21-6 overall, ending the season with an 83-66 setback to Hanover in the HCAC tournament title game.

Coffman and Smith were two of 12 players named to the All-HCAC first or second team. There are five seniors, three juniors, two sophomores, and two freshmen on the team this season. The nine-member Honorable Mention All-HCAC team, All-Freshman team, and All-Sportsmanship team have also been named.  A complete list of the recipients of conference awards follow:

HCAC Awards:


Player of the Year:  Nicole Coffman, Transylvania, So., G

Freshman of the Year:  Katelyn Smith, Transylvania, G

Coach of the Year:  Greg Todd, Transylvania

 

1st Team All-HCAC:

Kim Comden, Defiance, Sr., C

Erica King, Defiance, Jr., G

Lindsay Rich, Franklin, Sr., G

Courtney Prater, Hanover, Sr., F

Alicia Hopkins, Hanover, So., G

Nicole Coffman, Transylvania, So., G

 

2nd Team All-HCAC:

Amy Wuestefeld, Anderson, Sr., G

Brooke Ruffer, Bluffton, Fr., F

Jess Prewett, Franklin, Sr., C

Erynn Meiklejohn, Manchester, Jr., F

Kelsey Ploof, Rose-Hulman, Jr., F

Katelyn Smith, Transylvania, Fr., G

 

Honorable Mention All-HCAC:

Megan Zachrich, Defiance, So., G

Bria Sneed, Earlham, Jr., G

JaLissa Watt, Earlham, So., G

Annie Tarkington, Franklin, Sr., G

Lindsey Dall, Franklin, So., C

Katie Gahimer, Hanover, Sr., F

Katie Arterburn, Manchester, Fr., G

Addie Johnson, Rose-Hulman, Fr., F

Madisen Webb, Transylvania, So., G

 

All-Freshman Team:

Brooke Ruffer, Bluffton, Fr., F

Katie Arterburn, Manchester, Fr., G

Tara Dennis, Mount St. Joseph, Fr., F

Addie Johnson, Rose-Hulman, Fr., F

Katelyn Smith, Transylvania, Fr., G

 

All-Sportsmanship Team:

Amy Wuestefeld, Anderson, Sr., G

Rachel DeBord, Bluffton, So., G

Kim Comden, Defiance, Sr., C

Charvonne Long, Earlham, Sr., F

Jess Prewett, Franklin, Sr., C

Katie Gahimer, Hanover, Sr., F

Shelby Morphew, Manchester, So., F

Chelsea Castleberry, Mount St. Joseph, Fr., G

Cassidy Cain, Rose-Hulman, Fr., G

Alex McKenzie, Transylvania, So., F