LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland junior Allysia Bailey was voted TranSouth Conference Newcomer of the Year and Stephanie Martin was named to the All-Freshman in a vote of league coaches released Wednesday. The Bulldogs won their first round game in the TranSouth Championships Monday and take on top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Union University tonight in Jackson, Tenn.
Bailey is averaging a team-best 11.9 points per game this season, including 18 double figure scoring games this season, 13 versus TranSouth opponents. The Knoxville, Tenn., native and Walters State Community College transfer posted a career-high 28 points at Mid-Continent on February 22 and 20 at No. 1 Union on Feb. 15.
The Bearden High School product has led the Bulldogs in scoring eight times this season, including five of the last eight contests. She ranks second on the club in both assists (40) and steals (33) and is tops on the squad in 3-point field goal percentage (.396).
Martin has been a pleasant surprise for most of the year, averaging 7.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while starting 17 contests. Perhaps her best game of the season came February 18 against then 22nd-ranked Bethel Univ., when the Florence, Ala., native posted her first career double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
She has scored the double figures seven times this season and has led the Bulldogs in rebounding in 10 contests, including another 10 boards in Monday’s victory over Mid-Continent.
Kaitlyn Dudley, Union Univ.
Nina Djokovic, Bethel Univ.
Jana Cross, Freed-Hardeman
Zeinab Chan, Union Univ.
K.K. Hodges, Lyon College
Meribeth Boehler, Freed-Hardeman
Abby Lawson, Trevecca Nazarene
Kayla Hudson, Union Univ.
K.C. Van Atta, Trevecca Nazarene
Lavanda Ross, Union Univ.
Tara Deatheridge, Freed-Hardeman
Whitney Robison, Martin Methodist
Kashundria Berry, Bethel Univ.
Christian Gibson, Trevecca Nazarene
Teena Carter, Bethel Univ.
London Elie, Trevecca Nazarene
Natalie Shumpert, Freed-Hardeman
Suzanne Finchman, Lyon College
Stephanie Martin, Cumberland Univ.
Maria Bagwell, Freed-Hardeman
Player of the Year: Kaitlyn Dudley, Union Univ.
Freshman of the Year: London Elie, Trevecca Nazarene
Newcomer of the Year: Allysia Bailey, Cumberland Univ.
Coach of the Year: Mark Campbell, Union Univ.