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Armstead, Lee make All-Southland Team in women’s hoops
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Northwestern State senior forward Trudy Armstead caps a wonderful career by being named to the All-Southland Conference third team. Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Photograpic Services.
Northwestern State senior forward Trudy Armstead caps a wonderful career by being named to the All-Southland Conference third team. Photo by Gary Hardamon/NSU Photograpic Services.
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Northwestern State senior Trudy Armstead and sophomore Keisha Lee earned honors on the women’s basketball All-Southland Conference third team, and sophomore Janelle Perez earned honorable mention the league office announced Tuesday.

It was Armstead’s and Lee’s first time to join the 15-member team, and it is Perez’s second time to be honored after she received the freshman of the year award and third team all-conference in 2013.

“All three are very deserving of any postseason awards. As a staff, we don’t promote a ton of individual awards within our team, but I think it is important for them to be recognized for the seasons that they’ve had,” said second year co-head coach Brooke Stoehr.

“All three have brought different things to the table at different times,” she said. “It’s an honor for those kids. We always tell our players when the team is successful the players will be recognized.”

The Lady Demons (18-12, 11-7 SLC) finished the regular season with the fourth seed going into the Southland Conference Tournament. They will play their first game on Friday at 11 o’clock against the winner of the Nicholls and Oral Roberts game one day earlier. A win there allows NSU to play in the semifinals on Saturday at 11:00 for a shot in the championship game on Sunday at 12 o’clock.

Armstead, who joined NSU’s 1,000-point/700-rebound club this season, averages 14.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. Her scoring average ranks 12th in the Southland Conference and her rebounding average is 17th in the league.

The Dallas native shot 49 percent from the field, which ranks sixth in the conference, and her 27 blocks (0.9 pg) ranks ninth. She played in every game this season and started in 28 contests. She is on an 11-game double-figure scoring streak, and has scored 10 or more 73 times in her career.

Her season high in points was 29 at Central Arkansas, and she scored 20 or more five more times. She has two double-doubles this season, and both were 11 points and 10 rebounds. The first was versus McNeese State and the second was at Stephen F. Austin.

“Trudy has had some big games for us inside. She’s been very efficient and is leading us in field goal percentage,” said Stoehr.

Lee leads the Lady Demons in scoring this season with 14.2 points per game. Her average ranks 11th and her steals average ranks ninth (1.6 spg) in the league. She has 24 double-figure scoring games this season, tied with Armstead with the most for the Lady Demons.

She set a personal career-high with 28 points against Houston in the second game of the season. She added four more 20-point games. She also set a career-high of five steals against Houston, and later tied it at Lamar.

Perez is the conference’s sixth-leading assister (4.2 pg), and has the second highest assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9). She also has the league’s top field goal percentage (48 percent) among conference guards, and 11th overall.

The El Paso, Texas, native ranks 10th in the league in free throw percentage (77 percent) and fifth in 3-point percentage (39 percent).

She set a personal high in assists with nine against Savannah State in the fifth game of the season. She has scored in double figures 16 times this season and has been the leading assister in 22 of the 30 games played. She is the only Lady Demon to start in every game.

“Look at Keisha and Janelle and what they are able to do for us in the back court as far as attacking, getting us into offense and really leading us from the perimeter,” said Stoehr.

“As a coach, you realize the value and the importance all three bring. We’re very proud of what they’ve accomplished and how they’ve led our program,” she said. “We appreciate their honors, but I think they would all three tell you that they would rather win in Katy (Texas, Southland Conference Tournament) than get any postseason awards.”

NSU was only one of four schools to have two players on the squad, McNeese, Lamar, and Nicholls all had two as well. Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Oral Roberts, Sam Houston State, Southeastern Louisiana, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi all had one all-league honoree.

Central Arkansas’ Courtney Duever was named the league’s Player of the Year, Stephen F. Austin’s Porcha Roberts was earned Defensive Player of the Year, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Jasmine Shaw was won Newcomer of the Year, and UCA’ s Brianna Mullins took Freshman of the Year. Royce Chadwick was named Coach of the Year.

On the first team are Duever, Roberts, Emani White of Nicholls, Gia Ayers of Lamar, and Shanice Steenholdt of Houston Baptist. Shaw, Allison Baggett and Cecilia Okoye of McNeese State, Angela Beadle of Sam Houston, and Dominique Edwards of Lamar make up the second team.

Joining, Armstead and Lee on the third team are Christian Key of Oral Roberts, KK Babin of Nicholls, and Nanna Pool of Southeastern Louisiana.

League head coaches and sports information directors voted on the All-Conference teams and awards.

The Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament begins Thursday at the Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The first four games of the tournament will be streamed live for free on the Southland Conference Digital Network, including Southland.org and the league’s iPhone and Android apps. The semifinals of the women’s tournament will be available solely on ESPN3 while the championship game will be carried exclusively by CBS Sports Network. Postgame coverage and trophy presentation following the championship game will be streamed live for free on the SLCDN.
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