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Lofton Named MAC Commonwealth Women’s Basketball Player of the Year

Feb 26, 2018 • by Albright College
MAC Commonwealth Players of the Year 2018

ANNVILLE, Pa. – Senior Alysha Lofton was named MAC Commonwealth player of the year, and four Albright women’s basketball players were selected to the All-MAC Commonwealth Women’s Basketball team, announced by the conference on Friday morning.

In addition to being named player of the year, Lofton was one of two Lions to earn first-team honors along with classmate Jane Joyce. Devan Horka was named to the All-MAC Commonwealth second-team, while Nina Mazzarelli earned All-MAC Commonwealth honorable mention.

Lofton became the first Albright player to be named MAC Commonwealth Women’s Basketball Player of the Year since Kelecia Harris was named it for the 2014-15 season, while earning first team honors for the second straight season. She heavily filled up the stat sheet this season by ranking in the top 10 in the conference for most of the major statistical categories. Lofton led the MAC Commonwealth in steals at 2.7, ranked fourth in scoring at 14.0 PPG, fifth in assists at 4.0, and is seventh in rebounding with 7.8 RPG. She was also fourth in blocks averaging 1.7 per game, and became the first Lions women’s basketball player in program history to complete a triple-double against Stevenson on January 27th.

Joyce earned first-team honors for the first time in her Albright career, and third conference postseason accolade overall after previously earning second team and honorable mention. She made her mark in assists as she ranked third in the MAC Commonwealth with 4.1 assists, while becoming the Lions all-time career assists leader on senior day against Lycoming. Joyce also ranked second in the conference with 2.5 steals per game, and was third on the team in with a career-best 6.2 rebounds per game.

Horka garnered MAC Commonwealth postseason honors for the first time in her collegiate career after setting new career highs in points per game and rebounds per game. She ranked eighth in the conference with 12.8 points per game, and in rebound per game with 7.5. Horka also ranked third in the conference in field goal percentage at 48.4 percent, and has tallied four double-doubles this season. She also holds the highest individual scoring game by any Lion this season after she posted 25 points in an overtime win against Ursinus back in November.

Mazzarelli was the only player on the honorable mention team this season as she earned MAC Commonwealth postseason accolades for the second straight season after tallying second team honors a year ago. She leads the team and ranks third in the conference with 14.3 points per game, and averaged 2.0 three-point field goals made per game to lead the MAC Commonwealth. Mazzarelli eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for her collegiate career against Ursinus back in November, and currently has compiled 1,344 career points.

2017-18 All-MAC Commonwealth Women’s Basketball Team

Player of the Year: Alysha Lofton (Sr.), Albright

 

Rookie of the Year: Emily Mealey (Fr.), Lebanon Valley

 

Coach of the Year: Mike Miller, Messiah

      

FIRST TEAM

   

Name

School

Year

Position

Kaitlyn Hoff

Messiah

Senior

Guard

Jane Joyce

Albright

Senior

Guard

Alysha Lofton

Albright

Senior

Guard/Forward

Shelby Mueller

Lycoming

Senior

Forward

Alecia Rohrer

Messiah

Junior

Forward

    

SECOND TEAM

   

Name

School

Year

Position

Jonyae Curry

Stevenson

Junior

Guard

Devan Horka

Albright

Senior

Forward/Center

Madison Ireland

Widener

Sophomore

Guard

Leah Springer

Messiah

Sophomore

Forward

Maci Thornton

Messiah

Junior

Guard

    

HONORABLE MENTION

   

Name

School

Year

Position

Nina Mazzarelli

Albright

Senior

Guard

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