Henderson named AMC Newcomer of the Year
Sophomore guard also named to All-AMC first team
March 4, 2009
Point Park guard Ashley Henderson was named the American Mideast Conference Newcomer of the Year after the voting results from the league’s women’s basketball coaches were announced Wednesday.
Henderson (Greensburg/Greensburg Central Catholic), who transferred to Point Park after splitting her freshman season at Pitt and Canisius, was also one of 10 players in the conference named to the All-AMC first team.
A 5-10 sophomore guard, Henderson averaged 15.6 points per game in her first year with the Pioneers and also led the team in assists. She played in six games as a freshman at Pitt last season before transferring to Canisius in the spring semester. Henderson did not play in any games at Cansiuis, but transferred to Point Park in the summer.
This past season was the first year since 2001-02 that the AMC was not divided into North and South divisions. There were 10 players named to the All-AMC second team, and 20 players received honorable mention honors.
Becky Babione led Shawnee State (30-0 overall, 15-0 AMC) to regular season conference title and a No. 2 ranking in NAIA Division II for nearly all of the season. Babione was named AMC Player of the Year, and Bears’ coach Robin Smith was named AMC Coach of the Year. The fourth individual award was handed out to Alexis Harkins, a forward from Mt. Vernon Nazarene who was named the AMC Freshman of the Year.
Henderson is the second Point Park player in the last four years to be earn Newcomer of the Year honors from the AMC. Charlisa Cummins averaged 20.1 point sand 8.5 rebounds per game in 2005-06 on her way to being named the AMC North Newcomer of the Year.
Cummins was a first-team All-AMC North selection in 2006-07 after averaging 16.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Cummins was the last Point Park player to receive first-team recognition before Henderson got the nod this year.
Henderson reached double figures in scoring in 21 of 25 contests and registered eight 20-point games. She tallied 24 points and nine rebounds Jan. 17 at Daemen to start a stretch of scoring 20 or more points in five of eight games. The AMC’s fifth-leading scorer had a career-high 28 points at Cedarville in the second game of the season (Nov. 14).
Henderson, who averaged 5.1 rebounds per game, shot 41 percent from the field and 40 percent from 3-point range (30-for-75). She was second in the AMC in free-throw percentage at 84 percent (106-for-126).
Point Park had a record of 11-14 this season to improve its win total from 2007-08 by nine victories.
The 2007 graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School is the Centurions’ all-time leading scorer with 1,725 points. She was a first-team All-PIAA choice as a senior.
NOTES: Freshman forward Terrica Jones (West Mifflin/West Mifflin), senior forward Ashleigh Hays (Pleasant Hills/Thomas Jefferson) and junior guard Katy Auth (Bellevue/Northgate) joined Henderson as Point Park's nominees for the All-AMC team. Jones had a strong season with averages of 10.0 points and 7.3 per game, but she was not eligible for the All-AMC Freshmen team. Jones was redshirted for the 2007-08 season, and only true freshmen in their first year of school and first year of athletic competition were eligible for the team.