GREENWOOD, IN – Transylvania University’s Nicole Coffman (Liberty, Ky./Casey Co.) has been selected as the 2013-2014 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Most Valuable Player, headlining the 12-member All-HCAC 1st and 2nd teams. Coffman becomes the first athlete since Franklin’s Lindsey Roberson (2004-05 & 2005-06) to earn back-to-back MVP honors.
Coffman, a junior guard for the Pioneers, guided her team to a fifth HCAC regular season title and a second HCAC tournament championship this winter. She led the league in scoring, averaging 20.8 points per game, and ranked fifth in three-point field goal percentage (40.4%) during conference play. Coffman also contributed 4.9 rebounds per game and shot 44.4% from the field during HCAC action this season.
Her efforts enabled the Pioneers to finish the conference season with a 17-1 record and currently boast a 25-2 mark overall. The Pioneers will open the NCAA Division III tournament against Ohio Northern at DePauw University Friday evening.
Hanover College’s Jessie Davidson (Lexington, Ind./Austin) has been named the 2013-2014 HCAC Freshman of the Year. Davidson, a guard for the Panthers, ranked fifth in the HCAC in scoring (15.3 ppg), second in free throw percentage (86.5%), and 13th in three-point field goal percentage (34.5%) during the conference season. The freshman also contributed 3.9 rebounds and shot 44.4% from the field.
Transylvania’s Greg Todd has been awarded the HCAC Coach of the Year award for the fourth time in his career. The seven-year head coach led the Pioneers to their fifth HCAC women’s basketball championship, finishing 17-1 in league play. Transylvania also claimed the HCAC tournament crown and will head into the NCAA tournament with a 25-2 record overall.
Coffman and Davidson were two of 12 players named to the All-HCAC first or second team. There are four seniors, two juniors, four sophomores, and two freshmen on the team this season. The eight-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:
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