March 7, 2013

VCU’s Parks, Pellechio Earn Atlantic 10 Postseason Honors

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – Virginia Commonwealth University junior forward Robyn Parks and freshman guard Jessica Pellechio received Atlantic 10 postseason recognition Thursday after a vote of the league's head coaches.

Parks was named to the all-conference second team after leading the league in scoring during her breakout junior campaign, while Pellechio earned all-rookie accolades after leading all A-10 freshmen in scoring.  The duo also helped VCU, which lost 80 percent of its offense from a season ago, qualify for the conference tournament in its first year as an A-10 member. 

Parks, who averaged 18.5 points after contributing just 6.6 as a sophomore, scored better than 19 points per game in her 14 league contests.  She finished the regular season ranked third in the A-10 in steals (2.7 spg overall; 3.1 spg against league foes), sixth in field goal percentage (.469) and eighth in rebounding (7.9 rpg).  Parks, who has scored in double figures in 28 straight games, posted nine double-doubles to go along with 12 20-point performances this season.  Her 537 points rank as the seventh-most in VCU single-season history. 

Pellechio, meanwhile, leads the A-10 and ranks 17th nationally with 2.9 3-pointers per game.  She is averaging 11.2 points, tops among league rookies, and ranks sixth in steals (2.2 spg).  After battling an illness in January, Pellechio returned to form and finished the regular season averaging nearly 15 points and three steals in her final seven outings.  Her league-leading 73 treys rank third in VCU single-season history, while she tied an A-10 record with nine 3-pointers against UMBC on Nov. 20 en route to a career-high 30 points, two shy of VCU's freshman record. 

Charlotte's Jennifer Hailey was named A-10 Player of the Year, while Dayton's Jim Jabir received A-10 Coach of the Year honors.  The Flyers' Amber Deane garnered Rookie of the Year recognition, Duquesne's Jocelyn Floyd was named Defensive Player of the Year, Saint Joseph's Erin Shields earned the league's Most Improved Player award and Dayton's Olivia Applewhile was named Sixth Player of the Year.

VCU, which clinched a spot on the in A-10 Championship with a victory against Rhode Island in its regular season finale, opens tournament play against fifth-seeded Duquesne on Friday at 2:30 p.m.  Check VCUAthletics.com for complete game coverage.

 

2012-13 ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE POSTSEASON AWARDS

FIRST TEAM
Andrea Hoover, Dayton
Chatilla van Grinsven, Saint Joseph's
Erin Rooney, Fordham
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Wumi Agunbiade, Duquesne 

SECOND TEAM
Ally Malott, Dayton
Daress McClung, Butler
Marah Strickland, Fordham
Robyn Parks, VCU
Victoria Macaulay, Temple 

THIRD TEAM
Amanda Dowe, Charlotte
Amber Gray, Xavier
Erin Shields, Saint Joseph's
Ny Hammonds, Charlotte
Sam Mackay, Dayton

ALL ROOKIE TEAM
Amber Deane, Dayton
April Robinson, Duquesne
Jessica Pellechio, VCU
Kelly Austria, Dayton
Samantha Clark, Fordham

ALL DEFENSIVE TEAM
Arielle Collins, Fordham
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Jocelyn Floyd, Duquesne
Natasha Cloud, Saint Joseph's
Victoria Macaulay, Temple 

Player of the Year:
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Coach of the Year: Jim Jabir, Dayton
Defensive Player of the Year: Jocelyn Floyd, Duquesne
Rookie of the Year: Amber Deane, Dayton
Most Improved Player: Erin Shields, Saint Joseph's
Sixth Player of the Year: Olivia Applewhite, Dayton

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