WLU’s Brown, WJU’s Moore Earn MEC 1st Team Honors
BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — After turning in one of the greatest statistical seasons in Mountain East Conference history, West Liberty’s Marissa Brown was an easy choice as a first-team All-Mountain East Conference selection on Monday when the MEC women’s basketball coaches announced the 2017-18 All-MEC honor roll.
The 6-foot-3 junior center from Columbus, Ohio emerged as one of the most dominant posts in the nation this season, gaining momentum with every game. The only NCAA Division II woman to rank in the Top 10 nationally in scoring and rebounding, Brown leads the nation with an MEC-record 292 field goals. She also ranks among the MEC leaders in 8 statistical categories, ranking first or second in five of them.
Brown was no stranger to the national spotlight. She was honored as the NCAA Division II National Player of the Week earlier this month after averaging a startling 38.5 points and 17.0 rebounds over a two-game span — including a 43-point, 25-rebound, six-block performance against then-No. 8-ranked Glenville State.
She is currently tied for No. 3 nationally in scoring at 24.0 ppg. and is No. 10 nationally in rebounding at 11.0 rpg. In addition, Brown is 4th nationally with 17 double-doubles, 7th in field-goal percentage (.613), and ninth in defensive rebounds per game (8.0). Along with her 43-point explosion against Glenville, Brown had five games with 30 or more points, 20 games with 20 or more points and 18 games with 10 or more rebounds.
Glenville State’s Paris McLeod edged out Brown for MEC Player of the Year honors. A senior guard from Belleville, Mich. who also earned MEC Player of the Year laurels a year ago. McLeod also ranked among the league leaders in eight categories.
She was No. 3 in the MEC in scoring (20.0 ppg.), led the MEC in steals per game (3.54) and was No. 4 in assists per game (4.50) and assist/turnover ratio (1.68). McLeod had 17 games with 20 or more points, two games with 10 or more rebounds, two games with 10 or more assists, three double-doubles and one triple-double.
Wheeling Jesuit’s Chenelle Moore also joins Brown and McLeod as a first-team honoree. The junior from Westerville, Ohio was one of only three MEC women’s players to average a double-double at 15.3 points and 11.5 rebounds per night, eighth-best in the NCAA DII ranks. The third-year Cardinal posted 14 double-doubles, which ranked her 14th most in the nation.
Within the MEC, Moore was among the leaders in seven categories, including leading in offensive rebounds at 5.25 per contest. She was second in rebounds, fourth in field goal percentage (.522) and defensive rebounds (6.75 rpg). Chenelle was also fifth in steals (2.1) and seventh in blocked shots. Moore pumped in a career-high 32 points to go with 12 rebounds at West Virginia Wesleyan and added 27 points and 18 boards at Charleston for season-best games. The 6-0 forward netted double figures in points in 20 of 24 contest and did not have a single game below eight points. She had a career-high 20 rebounds with 18 points at home versus Fairmont State. Moore rounded out her stats with 46 assists, 52 steals and 23 blocked shots.
The Notre Dame tandem of Seina Adachi and Kim Cook along with Shepherd’s Morgan Arden, Urbana’s Stefanie Davis and West Virginia State’s Shae Hines. Glenville’s Kim Stephens was the MEC Coach of the Year while Fairmont’s Sierra Kotchman earned MEC Freshman of the Year honors.