Danielle Duncan highlighted five USA South honorees, claiming Player-of-the-Year Honors to go along with her first team All-USA South Selection. Duncan has been honored by the conference after each of her four years at Greensboro, earning second team All-Conference her freshman year and First Team All-Conference three times. Her 19.4 points per game and 54.2 shooting percentage are ranked second in the conference and are team bests as well. In 24 games this season, Duncan has averaged 19.4 points, 8.3, rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.2 blocks per game. In addition to leading the team in shooting percentage, she also leads the team in free throw shooting, hitting 181 of 229 (79%), on the season. She scored a season high 31 points against Piedmont on January 16th and had 16 rebounds against St. Mary’s on September 19th. Duncan was named USA South Player-of-the-Week three times this season and posted seven double-doubles. The Pride have been phenomenal in her time at Greensboro, posting a record of 98-18, winning four regular season conference titles, one tournament title, making the NCAA tournament three times, and advancing to last year’s Sweet Sixteen. Danielle, for her career, is just 20 points away from the 2,000 mark and already holds the school record for points in a career.
Bianca Richburg earned USA South Second Team, which marks the third time she has received conference recognition. Following Richburg’s freshman year, she garnered Third Team Honors and Rookie-of-the-Year, while adding Honorable Mention Honors last season. Richburg leads The Pride in rebounding this season with 9.2 per game, which is good enough for fourth in the conference. She also averages 12.8 points and 1.2 blocks per game, while posting eight double-doubles and earning USA South Player-of-the-Week on February 6th. She is a menace on both ends of the floor, grabbing 31 steals and blocking 30 shots this season and is a multiple threat on the scoring end. Richburg has hit 23 threes this season, shoots 70.7% from the charity stripe, can hit outside jumpers, and drive to the lane. She creates a mismatch for any type of defense and proved it by eclipsing the 1,000 career point mark in the conference quarterfinal match-up on February 21st. She matched Duncan’s 31 point total on February 4th against NC Wesleyan and grabbed 15 rebounds against Meredith on February 5th. In addition, she was a part of last year’s 28-3 squad that reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Andrienne Terrell caps her senior season with her first conference award, claiming Third Team USA South Honors while running the point for Greensboro. Terrell makes a living finding the open shooter and leads the team and conference in assist this season with 5.7 a game, which ranks her ninth nationally. She contributes in many other fashions as well, scoring 9.6 points, grabbing 5.2 rebounds, and averaging 2.3 steals a game. She posted two double-doubles this season, with 14 points and 11 assists against NC Wesleyan on February 4th and 12 points with 11 assists against Meredith on February 5th. On February 2nd, against Allen University, she set a season high in points with 22 and steals with six; her season high 11 rebounds came on January 7th, also against NC Wesleyan. Terrell has hit 18 three point shots this season, but her biggest came on February 11th at Christopher Newport, as her 30 foot buzzer-beater gave The Pride the victory and helped them claim a share of this year’s USA South title.
Chevena Pickard is receiving conference recognition for the second time, earning Honorable Mention Honors this season to add to her Third Team and Rookie-of-the-Year awards a season ago. Pickard has just one double-double on the season, a sixteen point, ten rebound performance on January 18th against Mary Baldwin, but averages 10.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, and 2.3 steals per game. She brings a lot of energy and youth to the team, as she is the only sophomore starting for Greensboro this season, yet she lacks no experience, as she played in 31 games for last season’s 28-3 Sweet Sixteen team. She scored a season high 22 points against Cabrini College on September 11th in a 74-48 blowout victory.
Hannah Holm rounds out this season’s honorees, earning the All-Sportsmanship Award for The Pride. Holm is a key reserve for Greensboro, averaging nine minutes per game, while scoring 2.2 points and grabbing 1.5 rebounds. She is an excellent team player who plays hard defense and looks for The Pride’s stars before taking the shot herself. Holm is also a good free throw shooter, converting 11 of her 14 attempts this season. She scored a season high eight points in the season finale, a 66-50 victory over Shenandoah.
Greensboro’s honorees are hoping they can lead Greensboro to their first conference tournament championship since the 2007-2008 season. The Pride have faced Christopher Newport in the championship game each of the past four seasons, but will be forced to face them in this year’s semi-final. Greensboro defeated Averett 80-60 on Tuesday night to advance, while Christopher Newport had to deal with the upset-minded Shenandoah Hornets on the same night. Tip-off for the semi-final match-up is scheduled for Friday, February 24, at 5:30 p.m. in Newport News, Virginia. The two teams split their regular season games, so their final match-up will decide who wins this season’s rivalry and who will earn another trip to the conference championship game.