The All-Philly Division I Women’s Basketball Awards and Teams have been announced with Feyonda Fitzgerald of Temple and Michelle Nwokedi of Penn being named as Co-Players of the Year. Bailey Greenberg of Drexel is the Rookie of the Year for the 2016-17 season. The Coach of the Year Award goes to Tonya Cardoza of Temple. The awards were selected by Glenn Papazian of PhillyCollegeSports.com, Mel Greenberg, the Woman Hoops Guru, and Matt Leon of KYW1060. The team selections are listed below.
First Team Selections
Feyonda Fitzgerald, Temple – Co-Player of the Year
Michelle Nwokedi, Penn – Co-Player of the Year
Sarah Curran, Drexel
Amy Griffin, La Salle
Sydney Stipanovich, Penn
Adashia Franklyn, Saint Joseph’s
Second Team Selections
Alliya Butts, Temple
Anna Ross, Penn
Tanaya Atkinson, Temple
Alex Louin, Villanova
Adrianna Hahn, Villanova
Meghan Creighton, Drexel
Chelsea Woods, Saint Joseph’s
Third Team Selections
Donnaizha Fountain, Temple
Megan Quinn, Villanova
Kasey Chambers, Penn
Jessica Pellechio, Drexel
Ruth Sherrill, Temple
Adreana Miller, La Salle
Jasmine Alston, La Salle
Co-Players of the Year – Feyonda Fitzgerald and Michelle Nwokedi
It was a record setting year in the career of Temple guard Feyonda Fitzgerald. This season she set the single season and career record for assists in the Temple program. Fitzgerald handed out 232 assists for the season and sits atop the record book with 635 for her career. In the American Tournament she set a record for points in a tournament game when she hit for 30 against Houston in the quarterfinal round. Two nights later that record was broken by Katie Lou Samuelson of UConn. She was named to the All-Tournament team. Over the 2016-17 season Fitzgerald led the team in scoring (17.3 points per game), free throw percentage (82.7%), and minutes played (1,139). Fitzgerald is a finalist for the National Point Guard of the Year.
Michelle Nwokedi was instrumental in leading the University of Pennsylvania to the Ivy League regular season championship and tournament title. The junior forward was named the Ivy League Player of the Year. She led Penn in scoring (14.6 points per game), rebounds (272, 95 offensive rebounds), blocked shots (85), and made 27 of 70 three-point shots.
Rookie of the Year – Bailey Greenberg
It was a consistent year start to finish for Bailey Greenberg, a freshman on a senior oriented team. She was the leading rebounder for the Dragons with 144 (49 on offense, 95 defensive boards). Greenberg was fourth on the team in scoring averaging 7.7 points per game. The Dragons forward started all 33 games for the team and averaged 23.4 minutes played, Greenberg made 45.9% from the floor making 100 of 218 attempts.
Coach of the Year – Tonya Cardoza
Tonya Cardoza led the Temple Owls to a 24 – 8 record this season where the team was ranked as high as #20 nationally. The Owls defeated two nationally ranked teams over the year, DePaul and USF. The Owls earned the second seed in the American Athletic Conference, their highest ever seed since joining the conference. For her accomplishments Cardoza was named the Conference Co-Coach of the Year along with UConn Coach Geno Auriemma. Temple was an at-large selection to the NCAA Tournament. It was their first appearance since 2012. The Owls won the Big Five this season going 4 – 0 in the city series.