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Wilmington’s Tenicia Spence Named Women’s Basketball All-CACC Honorable Mention

Thursday, February 28, 2013 - New Haven, Conn.

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Freshman Tenicia Spence scored 17.6 points per game, scoring 20 or more points in 12 of the team's games this season. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. All rights reserved.



Freshman Tenicia Spence became the first Wildcat to earn women's basketball All-CACC accolades since the 2009-10 season. Copyright 2013; Wilmington University. Photo credit: Paul Patton. All rights reserved.

Wilmington University freshman Tenicia Spence was named All-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Honorable Mention on Wednesday, becoming the first Wildcat to be named All-CACC since the 2009-10 season, the conference office announced.

In a vote of the leagues 14 head coaches, 15 players were named to the top three teams with an additional five players, including Spence, named Honorable Mention. Spence becomes the first Wildcat to earn All-CACC distinction since Amelia Simmons was named the 2009-10 CACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.

Spence, a freshman from Baltimore, Md., got her Wilmington career off to a hot start, scoring 20 or more points in five of the first six games of her career. She tallied 31 points twice this season before breaking her personal best with a 32 point performance against Caldwell on February 16 at the WU Athletics Complex. In all, she scored 20 or more points in 12 of the teams’ 26 games, and double digits in all but four games this year.

The lefty guard finished third in the CACC in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game in leading all freshmen in that category. Spence was also seventh in scoring in CACC games only, averaging 17.2 points per game among conference foes. She was 10th in the league in playing time, averaging over 32 minutes of action per contest, starting in all but four games during her freshman campaign.

Spence sank 31 three-pointers over the course of the season while shooting 36 percent from the floor. She also hit on 78 percent of her free throw attempts, sinking 85-of-109 on the year, good enough for seventh in the CACC. Spence averaged 3.1 rebounds per game as well and 12th in the conference with 46 steals.

Holy Family’s senior forward Erin Mann was named the 2012-13 CACC Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, leading the CACC in field-goal percentage, converting 53 percent of her attempts from the field to average 18.3 points per game for the Tigers. She also averaged 8.1 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.5 steals and 2.8 blocks per game. He 72 total blocks on the year are the most by any women’s basketball play in the conference and currently ranks fourth in NCAA Division II.

Philadelphia’s Tori Arnao was selected as the CACC Rookie of the Year, leading the CACC in rebounding as a freshmen, averaging 12.2 boards per game which ranks fifth in NCAA Division II. She averaged a double-double with 11.3 points per game this season, recording 14 double-doubles on the year.

Holy Family’s head coach Mark Miller was selected as the CACC Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 24-2 overall record (18-1 CACC), and as high as a No. 5 ranking in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association USA TODAY Sports Division II Top 25 poll during the season. The Tigers are currently ranked sixth.

Nyack College and Chestnut Hill College tied for the most points to earn the CACC Sportsmanship Team of the Year award.

The 2012-13 CACC Championships will begin Saturday, March 2, with games played at the campus of the higher seed. The CACC Semifinals and Championship will be hosted by the University of the Sciences on March 8 and 9, respectively.

AGATE:

2013 Women’s Basketball All-CACC Team

First Team:
Erin Mann – Holy Family
Brianne Traub – USciences
Jeanette Anderson – Caldwell
Devonne Richardson – Goldey-Beacom
Torey Jones – Caldwell

Second Team:
Krystina Agard – Concordia
Aubrey Latham – Post
Tori Arnao – Philadelphia
Lindsey Lopez – Dominican
Irene Hudson – Goldey-Beacom

Third Team:
KC Jentzen – Dominican
Ana Cruz – Holy Family
Kelly Brady – Holy Family
Kristen Blye – Philadelphia
Trina Plummer – Felician

Honorable Mention:
Jacinda Jones – Goldey-Beacom
Tenicia Spence – Wilmington
Shauneia McPhearson – Georgian Court
Monique Chance – Post
Bianca Harris – Dominican

2013 CACC Player of the Year: Erin Mann, Sr., Holy Family
2013 CACC Rookie of the Year: Tori Arnao, Fr., Philadelphia
2013 Coach of the Year: Mark Miller, Holy Family
2013 Sportsmanship Team Award: Nyack College & Chestnut Hill College