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Shelton, Sykes Earn All-GLVC Honors


Amber Shelton
Amber Shelton
Whitney Sykes
Whitney Sykes

February 28, 2007

Some information courtesy of GLVC


         INDIANAPOLIS, IND. - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville women's basketball standouts Amber Shelton (Edwardsville) and Whitney Sykes (Pontoon Beach) were selected Wednesday as members of the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team.
         Shelton was named to the first team while Sykes was selected as a second team member.
         The duo next will be in action Friday at noon in the quarterfinals of the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament in Evansville, Ind. The Cougars will face Bellarmine in the opening game of the women's eight-team tournament.
         Shelton help propel SIUE to 20-win status this season after averaging 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Her 47 steals also led the Cougars. Shelton is No. 2 in the GLVC and 19th in the nation in scoring.
         Sykes became a member of the 1,000-point club and shattered the single-season and career marks for three-pointers made. Averaging 16.2 points per game, Sykes has a GLVC-leading 79 three-pointers as well 204 in her career.
         Lewis' Darcee Schmidt was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year. The senior forward is the second consecutive Lewis player to earn the league's top honor. Schmidt, who became the school's all-time leading scorer and single-season scoring leader during the year, helped the Flyers to the GLVC East title in 2006-07.
         Schmidt joined teammate and last season's GLVC Player of the Year Mary Moskal on the All-GLVC First Team this year. The duo helped the Flyers to a school record 17-2 GLVC record and 23-4 overall mark.
         Joining Shelton on the first team was Drury's Molly Carter and Northern Kentucky's Brittany Winner.
         Lewis' Lynn Plett was named The Chuck Mallender Coach of the Year. Plett guided the Flyers to the top seed in the GLVC East and a 24-3 record.
         Kentucky Wesleyan's Latoshia Lawrence (Owensboro, Ky.) was voted the GLVC Freshman of the Year. She helped the Panthers to an 18-9 overall record while averaging 12.4 points per game.
         The other four players named to the All-GLVC second team are Bellarmine's Angela Smith, Kentucky Wesleyan's LaTasha Henry, Northern Kentucky's Angela Healy and Indianapolis' Amanda Norris.
         Members of the All-GLVC teams present at the GLVC Tournament will be recognized following the 2:30 quarterfinal on March 2.

ALL-GLVC FIRST TEAM
Molly Carter, Jr., Drury - G
Mary Moskal, Sr., Lewis - G
Amber Shelton, Jr., SIU Edwardsville - F
Darcee Schmidt, Sr., Lewis - F
Brittany Winner, Sr., Northern Kentucky - F

ALL-GLVC SECOND TEAM
Angela Smith, Jr., Bellarmine - G
Whitney Sykes, Jr. SIU Edwardsville - G
LaTasha Henry, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan - F
Amanda Norris, Sr., UIndy - F
Angela Healy, Jr., Northern Kentucky - C

HONORABLE MENTION ALL-GLVC
Katie Thiesenhusen, Sr., Southern Indiana - G
Nicole Dierking, Sr., Missouri-Rolla - G
Jessica Keller, So., Quincy - G
Laura McClintic, Jr., Kentucky Wesleyan - G
Ashley Ferguson, Sr., UW-Parkside - G
Brittney Diener, Sr., Lewis - G
Becky Flippin, Jr., Drury - G
Tamara McCaskill, So., Missouri-Rolla - F
Dana Beaven, So., Bellarmine - F
Cassie Brannen, So., Northern Kentucky - F

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Darcee Schmidt, Sr., Lewis - F

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Latoshia Lawrence, Kentucky Wesleyan

THE CHUCK MALLENDER COACH OF THE YEAR
Lynn Plett, Lewis

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