Katelyn Fischer Repeats as CAC Player of the Year, Ashlee Courter Named Coach of the Year
York, Pa. – Marymount University senior guard Katelyn Fischer was named the Capital Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year for the second-straight season, as announced by the league office on Tuesday. Head coach Ashlee Courter was named the Bill Finney CAC Coach of the Year and senior forward Tynisha Parks collected second team All-CAC honors.
Fischer is just the third player in league history to garner multiple Player of the Year honors and the first Saints player to do so. In all, the Saints have received a league record seven CAC Player of the Year nods, including the past three consecutive seasons.
Leading the CAC in scoring with 17.0 points per game, Fischer also topped the conference in three-point shooting at a sharp 42.5 percent. She was also second in assists and steals per game with 5.1 and 3.3, respectively, while ranking third in field goal percentage (47.5%), free throw shooting (80.3%) and assist to turnover ratio (1.5). On the national stage, she ranks 10th in three-point accuracy, 20th in assists and 38th in steals per game.
Courter was selected as the Bill Finney CAC Coach of the Year. Now in her third year at the helm of her alma mater, Courter led the Saints to both the CAC regular season and tournament titles and a berth in the upcoming NCAA tournament. She has coached the CAC Player of the Year in every season on the sidelines with the Blue and White and has continued the MU tradition as one of the top defensive teams in the nation. The Saints rank 12th in NCAA Division III in scoring defense, holding opponents to a meager 47 points per game while ranking 22nd in three-point field goal defense, 40th in steals per game and 54th in scoring margin by winning by an average of 11.7 points a contest.
Parks has proven to be one of the top low post threats in the CAC during her senior campaign. She ranked fourth in rebounds with 8.6 a game and fifth in steals with 2.3 an outing. Parks was also seventh overall in scoring with 13.0 points per game, eighth in both field goal and free throw shooting and 10th in blocks per game.
Marymount (23-4) won the CAC championship for the 12th time in program history and is making its 17th appearance in the NCAA Tournament. The Saints last advanced to the national stage in 2010 en route to a Sweet 16 run. In all, the Saints have reached one Final Four, one Elite Eight and seven Sweet 16s.
The Saints travel to Newport News, Va., on Friday to take on Eastern Mennonite in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament. Tip-off is set for 5 p.m. and tickets for NCAA First and Second Round games are $6 for adults and $3 for students. Fans not able to attend the game can follow the action live by logging on to www.sidearmstats.com/cnu/wbball for “live stats” and www.cnusports.com/LIVE for “live video”.