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Cleaves is All-Louisiana a record third time
April 7, 2008

NEW ORLEANS — Jarryn Cleaves of Xavier University of New Orleans set a school record Monday when she was selected third-team All-Louisiana in women's basketball for the third time.

Cleaves, a 5-foot-8 senior guard from Memphis, Tenn., and a 2003 graduate of East High School, is the first Xavier basketball player, male or female, to make the All-Louisiana team three times. Cleaves was on the third team as a sophomore in 2004-05 and as a junior in 2006-07. Xavier did not compete in 2005-06 due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

She previously shared the Xavier record with Cassee Davis (women's third team in 1995-96, second team in 1997-98), Rodolfo Gill (men's third team in 1983-84 and 1984-85) and Juan Mercier (men's third team in 1986-87, second team in 1987-88).

Cleaves averaged 14.3 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 3.3 steals this past season. She helped the Gold Nuggets go 27-7, win the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Tournament and qualify for the NAIA national tourney for a school-record seventh consecutive time. She ranked eighth in Division I in steals per game, 23rd in 3-pointers made per game (2.4) and 47th in scoring. The pharmacy major is Xavier's career leader in games played (136), 3-point field goals (283), 3-point field-goal percentage (.357) and 3-point field-goal attempts (793). She is second in free-throw percentage (.756) and fifth in points (1,745).

LSU All-American Sylvia Fowles was selected Player of the Year.

The Louisiana Sports Writers Association sanctions the All-Louisiana team, which is selected by a panel of state media and sports information personnel.

2007-08 All-Louisiana Women's College Basketball Team
First Team
NameSchoolPointsStatistics, Notes
Sylvia FowlesLSU28217.2 ppg, 9.9 rpg, consensus A-A
Quianna ChaneyLSU23114.8 ppg, 3.2 apg, first-team All-SEC
Erica WhiteLSU1617.4 ppg, 4.4 apg, second-team All-SEC
Trenese SmithLoyola15919.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, NAIA A-A
JoKeirra SneedLouisiana Tech15715.5 ppg, 10.3 rpg, first-team All-WAC
Player of the Year: Sylvia Fowles, LSU
     Votes — Fowles 18, Deidra Jackson (Southern) 1.

Freshman of the Year: Annie Farrell, Centenary
     Votes — Farrell 7, Britney Lindsey (Tulane) 6, Freda Allen (Southern) 4, Tillisha Givens (Louisiana College) 1, Tarkeisha Wysinger (Louisiana Tech) 1.

Newcomer of the Year: Brittany Helm, New Orleans
     Votes — Helm 19 (only nominee).

Coach of the Year: Van Chancellor, LSU
     Votes — Chancellor 13, DoBee Plaisance (Loyola) 5, Janice Joseph-Richard (Louisiana College) 1.
Second Team
NameSchoolPointsStatistics, Notes
Ashley LangfordTulane13011.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, third-team All-C-USA
Tena MatthewsNorthwestern State12215.2 ppg, 9.2 rpg, first-team All-SLC
Kat PlummerNicholls State10018.9 ppg, 5.7 rpg, second-team All-SLC
Shanavia DowdellLouisiana Tech9012.3 ppg, 7.5 rpg
Allison HightowerLSU797.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, SEC 6th Woman of the Year
Third Team
NameSchoolPointsStatistics, Notes
Le'Della EnglishNew Orleans6812.9 ppg, second-team All-Sun Belt
Trenell SmithLoyola6718.4 ppg, 5.0 rpg, NAIA A-A HM
Deidra JacksonSouthern6212.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg
Shannon LloydLouisiana-Monroe6210.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, third-team All-Sun Belt
Anne FarrellCentenary5811.9 ppg, 7.3 rpg, Summitt Newcomer Team
Jarryn CleavesXavier5814.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, NAIA A-A HM


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The Xavier Gold Rush and Gold Nuggets compete in Division I of the NAIA (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics) as a member of the Gulf Coast Athletic Conference (GCAC). Xavier fields men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country and tennis.

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