Prewitt, Austin-Robinson headline SCAC honors for Centre
Centre College senior guard Maggie Prewitt has been named the 2011-12 SCAC Player of the Year by a nearly unanimous vote. It is the second consecutive year she has won the award and she is the first repeat winner in the conference since 2007.
Prewitt led the SCAC in assists with 6.8 per game, a mark good enough for second in all of Division III. She also ended the year second in scoring with 17.9 points per game, second in free throw percentage at 86.3, second in three-point percentage at 40.2, fourth in steals and eighth in field goal percentage.
Prewitt has become one of the best players in Centre basketball history over her four years. Her 1,757 career points rank third in Centre history and seventh in SCAC history. She will end her Centre career as the school's all-time leader in assists, made three-pointers and free throw percentage. She also holds single game school records in points (37) and assists (14). She is the only SCAC basketball player, male or female, to amass over 1,500 career points, over 500 career rebounds and over 500 career assists.
This season has been the finest of Prewitt's career. In addition to the tremendous statistical averages she put up, she also had several firsts. On December 13, she tied a Centre record with 14 assists in a win over Mount St. Joseph. On January 20, she became the first Centre women's player to record a triple double when she posted 14 points, 17 rebounds and 12 assists in another Colonels victory over the Southwestern Pirates. She also posted six double-doubles, some with points and rebounds, others with points and assists. Prewitt has scored over 20 points nine times for the Colonels and over 30 points twice, including a season high 33 points in a comeback win for the Colonels against Oglethorpe.
Over her four years, Prewitt has been named SCAC Player of the week eight times, SCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2009, Third Team All-SCAC, First Team All-SCAC each of the last three seasons and she can now add a second SCAC Player of the Year honor to the list after receiving the award a season ago.
Head coach Wendie Austin-Robinson won the conference's Coach of the Year honor after her team finished 24-3 this season, the highest winning percentage in Centre history, and won the SCAC Tournament for the first time since 2001. The senior class recruited by Austin-Robinson has gone 78-29 in their four years, the most wins by a senior class since the class of 1992.
In addition to the honors earned by Prewitt and Austin-Robinson, junior forward Chelsea Benham (Taswell, Ind.) was named Second Team All-SCAC, senior forward Lauren Huter (Louisville, Ky.) was named Third Team All-SCAC and sophomore forward Paige Baechle (Gallatin, Tenn.) was an Honorable Mention All-SCAC performer.
The Centre women's basketball team will find out who and where they will play in the NCAA Tournament when the field is announced later today.