HUNTINGDON’S JORDAN AND BONDS EARN ALL-CONFERENCE ACCOLADES
LAGRANGE, Ga. ---- Huntingdon senior Tiffany Jordan and junior Lori Bonds each earned All-Conference honors, while head coach Buzz Phillips was voted the league’s Coach of the Year on Wednesday, when the Great South Athletic Conference announced its 2008-09 postseason award winners.
“This marks the third time in their career that Tiffany and Lori have earned postseason accolades,” Phillips said. “TJ (Jordan) has been Freshman of the Year, Player of the Year and now an All-Conference selection, while Lori was also Freshman of the Year and all-conference the past two seasons. I am very proud of Tiffany for battling through her knee injury and working to get back to the player she was before it happened and excited to see what Lori can accomplish in her final season.”
Jordan currently ranks second on the team in scoring with a mark of 12.8 points per game, while leading the Lady Hawks and the GSAC in rebounding at a mark of 9.1 per contest. Jordan has scored in double figures in 21 of 26 games on the season and has recorded 12 double-doubles. In Huntingdon’s regular-season finale, Jordan scored 12 points and pulled down a career-high 17 rebounds, marking the 39th time in her career she recorded a double-double. She also averaged 3.2 steals, 2.2 assists and 0.5 blocks per game.
Bonds paced the Lady Hawks in scoring for the third consecutive season at 13.0 points per game. She also added 4.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while playing in all 26 games this season. Bonds has scored in double figures in 18 games this season, while also recording her first career double-double, scoring 12 points and grabbing a career-best 10 rebounds, against Atlanta Christian.
In his second full season with the Lady Hawks, Phillips has guided the team to a 15-11 overall record, including 7-5 in GSAC play and the No. 3 seed in the conference tournament. Huntingdon is averaging 62.6 points per game, nearly a full point more than its opponent, while also shooting better from the field. Entering the GSAC Tournament, the Lady Hawks have won three straight games and 12 of their last 16.
“I was completely surprised by being voted Coach of the Year,” Phillips continued. “It is very gratifying, but I owe this award to my assistant coaches and the players for their hard work and efforts. I just hope that we can continue to accomplish the things that we hoped to this weekend.”
The GSAC also announced its All-Academic team and the Lady Hawks tied for a league-high with four student-athletes recognized. Bonds and sophomore Kirsten Kline were each named to the squad for the first time in their career, while Jordan and fellow senior Dusti Doss were recognized for the third time. In order to be considered for the all-academic team, a player must be classified as a sophomore or higher and maintain a grade point average of 3.25 or better.
“This is a great honor for all four of these young ladies,” Phillips said. “They are great examples of what a student-athlete should be.”
Maryville senior Natalie Munday was named the league’s Player of the Year, after leading the GSAC in scoring at 16.0 points per game. She also led the conference in 3-point field goal percentage, was third in field goal percentage and 13th in rebounding.
LaGrange’s Elizabeth Williams earned Freshman of the Year honors after averaging 11.0 points per game and leading the GSAC in assists per game at 5.19.
Huntingdon will return to action on Friday, February 27, when it takes on Agnes Scott in the semifinals of the GSAC Tournament. Tipoff against the Scotties is scheduled for 1 p.m. EST in Maryville, Tenn.
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