Greensboro College women maximize USA South honors with Tuggle(NWG) Top Coach, Pickard(Page) Rookie of Year and Duncan(Ragsdale) plus Wilborn(Graham) 1st Team All-Conference

Posted by Andy Durham on February 24, 2011 at 12:23 pm under College | 4 Comments to Read

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its All-Conference awards for women’s basketball. Greensboro College earned seven honors, including two major awards and two first team recipients.

Chevena Pickard (Greensboro, NC/Page), a freshman guard, was tabbed rookie of the year. She is leading all rookies by averaging 11.0 points per game, and collecting 62 steals. She is averaging 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest, while ranking ninth in the Conference with a 69.3 free throw shooting percentage. Pickard earned Third Team All-Conference accolades to go along with four USA South Rookie of the Week honors this winter.

Coach Randy Tuggle(Northwest Guilford HS), in his second season as the head of The Pride, earns his first career coach of the year honor. He took his team to the program’s fifth regular season title in the last seven years. Tuggle led a remarkable turnaround, as Greensboro went from a 6-12 USA South record last season to a 17-1 Conference mark this winter. Additionally, The Pride are currently nationally ranked 13th and hold a 25-1 overall record. Tuggle takes his team into the semifinals of the USA South Women’s Basketball Tournament as the top seed.

Danielle Duncan (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) and Nikki Wilborn (Graham NC/Graham) were picked to the USA South’s first team. A junior, Duncan averages 21.3 points and 9.4 rebounds each game. She has been named to the D3Hoops.com team of the week twice, and was picked USAS player of the week five times. Duncan has posted 11 double-doubles this season.

Wilborn, a senior guard, averages 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4 assists and 4.0 steals per game. She had back-to-back triple-doubles earlier this month, earned USAS player of the week honors and was picked to the D3hoops team of the week. Wilborn is the only NCAA Division III player to record two triple-doubles this year.

Sophomore Bianca Richburg (Hillsborough, NC/Orange County) earned two awards. She was an honorable mention all conference pick and was the team’s representative on the USAS All-Sportsmanship team. Richburg scores 9.7 points and pulls down 7.0 rebounds each outing.

The 2011 USA South Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team:

Major Awards
Player of the Year: Chelsie Schweers, Christopher Newport
Rookie of the Year: Chevena Pickard (Greensboro, NC/Page), Greensboro
Coach of the Year: Randy Tuggle, Greensboro

First Team
Danielle Duncan (Greensboro, NC/Ragsdale) – Greensboro
Kristen Keith – Ferrum
Chelsie Schweers – Christopher Newport
Ashley Washington – Averett
Nikki Wilborn (Graham NC/Graham) – Greensboro

Second Team
Sierra Edwards – Shenandoah
Jackie Lyles – Methodist
Jessica Moore – Christopher Newport
Megan Rahn – Meredith
Dawn Sanderson – Methodist

Third Team
Tesla Akers – Ferrum
Barbara Davis – Christopher Newport
Karissa Herring – Peace
Denise Johnson – Mary Baldwin
Chevena Pickard (Greensboro, NC/Page) – Greensboro

Honorable Mention
Brittney Bullock – Ferrum
Mandy Johnston – Shenandoah
Bianca Richburg (Hillsborough, NC/Orange County) – Greensboro
Shea Smith – Ferrum
Samantha Urquhart – N.C. Wesleyan

All-Sportsmanship
Deandra Brown – Averett
Lauren Gural – Christopher Newport
Amanda Farmer – Ferrum
Bianca Richburg (Hillsborough, NC/Orange County) – Greensboro
Kim Jefferson – Mary Baldwin
Courtney Kreber – Meredith
T.T. Taylor – Methodist
Madonna Ware – N.C. Wesleyan
Margaret Minton – Peace
Jen Moxley – Shenandoah


  • Previous Coach said,

    I’m so happy for Chevena Pickard and her family – it is well deserved.

  • BRITTANY DREW AND FAMILY said,

    GO CHEVENA KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! NO DOUT IN MY MIND YOU COULD GO ALL THE WAY!

  • Tashelle said,

    congrats to Vena and her family. Well deserved!! There also another Guilford County player on the list, Jackie Lyles (Northeast/River Mill) congrats to both

  • Andy said,

    Some of the Northwest Guilford Viking fans/supporters need to get up in here and give a holla out for Tuggle….Coach of the Year….Randy Tuggle from NWG…..

    Good to see the support for all the locals that are making us proud, of the Greensboro College Pride…..