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Cooper and Southern bring home A-Sun Postseason honors

Monday, March 10, 2014
by Kirk Downs

MACON, Ga. – Ashley Southern and Chandler Cooper were both honored on Monday by the conference for Atlantic Sun women’s basketball postseason awards.

Southern,  redshirt sophomore, was named the A-Sun Newcomer of the Year and also earned a spot on the 2014 Atlantic Sun Second Team All-Conference Team.

The 6-foot-1 forward finished the year as the league’s second-leading scorer at 15.9 per game. She is also the A-Sun’s top glass cleaner, pulling down 11.3 boards per contest. Her rebounding average is 15th best in the nation.

The Tuscumbia, Ala., native leads the league and ranks 11th nationally with 21 double-doubles this season. She has led the team in rebounding in every game this season except one.  She tied for the team-lead with Cooper on Thursday against ETSU.

Southern is the first Lady Bison to make All-Conference since Jenna Bartsokas earned a second-team selection in 2010-11.

Her Newcomer of the Year honor is the first time in program history a Lipscomb player has earned that distinction.

Cooper was named to the Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team after averaging 14.4 points per game. She is one of the A-Sun’s most deadly 3-point shooters, draining 2.9 per contest. If she were eligible for conference rankings, Cooper would be the sixth-best scorer and would lead the league in threes per game.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native tied the school record with eight made treys at Mercer on Feb. 8 on her way to a career-high 31 points, which is the third-highest single-game point total in Lipscomb’s NCAA era.

Cooper made three-plus 3-pointers in 11 games this season.

The 5-foot-11 guard also contributed 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

Lipscomb head coach Greg Brown had this to say about his two athletes:

“Both of those kids are so humble and hard-working,” Brown said. “I am so proud and happy for them. It is good for the kids, because they get to see that reward for themselves.

“But both of them would trade those honors in a heartbeat for team success. These honors will help build our program here at Lipscomb and I wouldn’t trade either of them for anything.”

The Lady Bisons (6-23, 3-15 A-Sun) will be in action Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Sun Women’s Basketball Championship against the top-seeded Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (23-7, 17-1 A-Sun)in a 6 p.m. CT tip inside Alico Arena.