2009-10 All-SSC Women's Basketball Team Announced
Eighteen student-athletes were named to the 2009-10 All-Sunshine State Conference Women’s Basketball Team, announced Thursday by Commissioner Jay Jones. Barry’s Mariesa Greene was selected Player of the Year. Tampa’s Caitlyn Mitryk was chosen Defensive Player of the Year. Tampa’s Tom Jessee was tabbed Coach of the Year, and Lynn’s Kira Harvey was named Freshman of the Year.
Voting for the all-conference women’s basketball team was conducted among the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Joining Greene as All-SSC First Team selections were: Tiara Cook (Tampa), Chelsea Johnson (Florida Southern), Gianna Messina (Tampa), and Lynisha Nelson (Florida Tech).
Earning All-SSC Second Team honors were: Brittainy Daiger (Rollins), Dominique Daniels (Saint Leo), Michaela Hawley (Florida Southern), Ashley Lutz (Eckerd), and Chelsea Patterson (Lynn).
Florida Southern’s Megan Dzikas and Mitryk earned honorable mention.
An All-Freshman team was also selected. Earning recognition along with Harvey were: Tilde Ahlin (Barry), Rheisa Burke (Nova Southeastern), Tera McDaniel (Rollins), Amanda Schultz (Lynn), and Kamari Smith (Tampa).
A senior from Indianapolis, Ind., Greene led the SSC in both scoring (19.1 ppg) and rebounding (10.7 rpg). She also ranked first in the league with a .610 field goal percentage and fifth with 1.3 blocks per contest. She amassed double-double performances in 18 games this season, including a superb 32 point/25 rebound effort in the Buccaneers’ 62-57 win over Florida Tech on Jan. 13. Greene’s 25 rebounds were the highest single-game total of any SSC player this season. She was named SSC Player of the Week for times.
A senior from Lake Mary, Fla., Mitryk averaged 7.7 points and 5.4 rebounds for Tampa. She ranked second in the conference with an average of 1.8 blocks per game, helping UT to lead the league with an average of 4.5 per outing. Mitryk was a contributor on a Spartan defense that was the stingiest in the SSC, limiting league opponents to an average of 52.9 points per game.
Jessee earns Coach of the Year honors for the second time in his tenure at Tampa. He also garnered the distinction in 2003. This season, Jessee’s Spartans rolled to a 25-3 overall record and a 14-2 conference slate. His club boasted the toughest defense in the league, holding SSC opponents to an average of 52.9 points per game. The Spartans were equally formidable on the offensive end of the floor, ranking second in the conference with 67.1 points per contest. Leading the league in 10 different statistical categories, UT beat its SSC foes by an average of 14.2 points per game. The Spartans are currently ranked No. 16 in the latest USA Today/ESPN coaches poll.
A native of Ft. Lauderdale, Harvey immediately made her way into the starting rotation at Lynn, recording 24 starts in 27 games. She was the team’s second leading scorer, averaging 10.1 points per contest. Her .780 free throw percentage was also second best among Fighting Knight players. Harvey averaged 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game.
2009-10 ALL-SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM
Tiara Cook, Tampa, Senior
Mariesa Greene, Barry, Senior
Chelsea Johnson, Florida Southern, Junior
Gianna Messina, Tampa, Junior
Lynisha Nelson, Florida Tech, Junior
Player of the Year – Mariesa Greene, Barry
Defensive Player of the Year – Caitlyn Mitryk, Tampa
Coach of the Year – Tom Jessee, Tampa
Freshman of the Year – Kira Harvey, Lynn
Brittainy Daiger, Rollins, Senior
Dominique Daniels, Saint Leo, Senior
Michaela Hawley, Florida Southern, Sophomore
Ashley Lutz, Eckerd, Junior
Chelsea Patterson, Lynn, Junior
Megan Dzikas, Florida Southern, Sophomore
Caitlyn Mitryk, Tampa, Senior
Tilde Ahlin, Barry
Rheisa Burke, Nova Southeastern
Kira Harvey, Lynn
Tera McDaniel, Rollins
Amanda Schultz, Lynn
Kamari Smith, Tampa