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Burns, Cormier’ head 2007 SWAC Women’s All Conference Team

March 6, 2007

Birmingham, Ala. – Shelita Burns of Jackson State University was selected as 2007 Southwestern Athletic Conference’s Player of the Year, while Lacey Cormier’ of Grambling State University was chosen as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Burns, (6’1, Sr., F/C, Jackson, MS) was also named this 2007 Preseason Player of the Year. In her four years at JSU, Burns averaged 15.1 points per game (4 th in SWAC), 8.2 rebounds (4 th in SWAC), 1.2 assist and 1.5 steals per game. Burns also ranks 3 rd in the SWAC in field-goal percentage, shooting 50.4 percent from the field.

Cormier (6’3, Sr., C, New Orleans, LA) was named defensive player of the year for a third consecutive year. She is second in the conference in rebounds (8.9), and also averages 3.04 blocked shots per game (1 st in SWAC).

SWAC Freshman of the Year honors goes the Gaati Werema of Prairie View A&M University. The 5-foot-9 forward from Orlando, FL averaged 15.5 points per game (3 rd in SWAC), 10.2 rebounds per game (1 st in S WAC) and 1.28 blocked shots (4 th in SWAC).

LaSharee Christian of Jackson State was picked as the conference’s newcomer of the year. The 5-foot-6 guard from Bellflower, CA was ranked 7 th in the SWAC in scoring (12.9 ppg.), 3 rd in assist (3.79), 2 nd in steals (2.54).

Jackson State, Alabama A&M and Prairie View A&M each have two all-conference selections. Grambling, Arkansas- Pine Bluff, Alcorn and Mississippi Valley each have one selection.

Joining Burns in first team honors are Christian Malone of Alabama A&M, LaSharee Christian of Jackson State, Rasaan Powell of Alcorn State and Gaati Werema of Prairie View A&M. Malone ranks second in the conference in assists (3.90 apg.) and 1 st in free throw percentage (82.9). Christian was also tied for 6 th in S WAC in 3-point FG percentage and ranked 9 th in 3-point FG made (1.18). Powell finished the regular season as the conference’s leading scoring for a second consecutive season (16.8 ppg.) She was also ranked fifth in rebounds (7.6 rpg.).

Women – 1st Team
Christian Malone Alabama A&M 5’8 Jr. G Athens, AL
LaSharee Christian Jackson State 5’6 Jr. G Bellflower, CA
Rasaan Powell Alcorn State 6’2 Sr. F/C Columbia, MS
Gaati Werema Prairie View A&M 6’0 Fr. F Orlando, FL
Shelita Burns Jackson State 6’1 Sr. C Jackson, MS

Women – 2nd Team
Arica Green Arkansas-Pine Bluff 5’9 So. G Houston, TX
Shavonne Smith Prairie View A&M 5’7 Jr. G Corona, CA
Tamika Green` Alabama A&M 5’8 Sr. F Stone Mountain, GA
Portia Wilson Mississippi Valley 5’10 Jr. F Dallas, TX
Lacey Cormier’ Grambling State 6’3 Sr. C New Orleans, LA

Freshman of the Year
Gaati Werema Prairie View A&M 6’0 Fr. F Orlando, FL

Newcomer of the Year
LaSharee Christian Jackson State 5’6 Jr. G Bellflower, CA

Defensive Player of the Year
Lacey Cormier’ Grambling State 6’3 Sr. C New Orleans, LA

Player of the Year
Shelita Burns Jackson State 6’1 Sr. C Jackson, MS

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