March 8, 2005
MACON, Ga. - The Atlantic Sun Conference coaches have selected Georgia State senior guard Patechia Hartman as the 2004-05 A-Sun Women's Basketball Player of the Year for the second consecutive year. UCF's Gail Striegler won the A-Sun Coach of the Year award after leading the Golden Knights to the A-Sun Regular Season title for the third consecutive year, compiling a 16-4 conference record. UCF's Celeste Hudson earned the A-Sun Defensive Player of the Year honor, while Troy's Amy Lewis earned A-Sun Freshman of the Year honors, the second consecutive year a Lady Trojan has won the award and third time in the last six years.
In earning her second consecutive A-Sun Player-of-the-Year honors, Hartman finished second in the A-Sun in scoring with 16.1 points per game, as well as second in assists with 5.17 per contest. Hartman became just the fifth person in league history to win multiple awards and just the third to do it in consecutive years. The senior was also named first team all-conference for the second straight year.
The rest of this year's A-Sun all-conference first team is identical to both last year's all-conference team and this year's preseason team: Lipscomb's Courtney Boynton, Stetson's Kristy Brown, UCF's Celeste Hudson, and Belmont's Brandi Miller.
The A-Sun all-conference second team selections include Belmont's Hollie Davis, Troy's Laura Lee Holman, UCF's Ali Roberts, Stetson's Nefertiti Walker and Florida Atlantic's Shontavia Williams.
Troy's Amy Lewis led the group on the A-Sun all-freshmen team, after finishing 13th in the A-Sun with 12.8 points per game. Joining Lewis is Campbell's Letitia Dickson, Florida Atlantic's Missy Glaser, Lipscomb's Kaleigh Gossman and Belmont's Brooke Sunday.
Voting for all A-Sun honors was completed by the 11 conference head coaches. The 2005 Coca-Cola A-Sun Women's Basketball Championship will once again be held in Dothan, Ala. at the Dothan Civic Center, this coming Thursday thru Saturday.