Powell, Browder receive top honors on All-GCAC team
March 5, 2010
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana's
Brittany Powell and Coach Bo Browder received top honors on the All-Gulf Coast
Athletic Conference women's basketball team announced Friday.
Powell, a 6-foot senior forward/center from Milwaukee
and a graduate of Divine Savior Holy Angels High School, was chosen Player of the Year
and, for the second straight year, was All-GCAC. Browder, who led Gold Nuggets
to a record-tying 18-0 record in GCAC games, was chosen Coach of the Year.
Also making the 15-player All-GCAC team was Xavier
sophomore Jasmine Grant.
Powell is averaging a team-leading 14.2 points and
5.7 rebounds for the Gold Nuggets, who play Tougaloo at 7 p.m. Friday at The Barn
in the semifinals of the GCAC Tournament. Powell also leads Xavier with 26 minutes
played per game, 42 blocked shots and a .529 field-goal percentage.
"There was no doubt in my mind that Brittany Powell was
the GCAC Player of the Year," Browder said. "She played at a high level all season
and led us to an 18-0 conference record."
Powell leads GCAC in field-goal percentage and is the only
GCAC player in the top four in the conference in points per game, field-goal percentage,
free-throw percentage (.766) and blocked shots.
Powell is the sixth Gold Nugget chosen GCAC Player of the
Year and the first since Jackie Tucker in 2003-04. Powell is one of 17 Nuggets
to be All-GCAC or All-NAIA District 30 — the GCAC's predecessor — multiple times.
This is the third time in Browder's 11 seasons at Xavier
that he was voted GCAC Coach of the Year. He also earned the award in the 2002-03
and 2003-04 seasons. Xavier leads NAIA Division I in scoring defense, allowing 51.6
points per game, and the Nuggets allowed less than 50 points in a school-record six consecutive
games Jan 28-Feb. 11. Browder coached Xavier to a school-record ninth consecutive
20-win season this year, and his record with the Nuggets entering the GCAC semifinals
Xavier became the second GCAC women's team to finish
18-0 in conference. The other was Xavier's 1997-98 team, when Browder was an assistant
to Janice Joseph.
"It's all about the talent you have to get the job done," Browder said.
"Xavier has been blessed for a long time to attract good athletes, good
students and people of good character. When you can do that consistently, good things
will happen. This year we have another special group of young women,
and they've done a great job in distinguishing themselves and representing Xavier."
Grant, a 5-8 guard from Shreveport, La., and a graduate of
Southwood High School, is second on the Nuggets with 9.3 points per game and 70 steals.
She leads the team with 56 3-pointers, and she is the third player in the program's history
to reach 50 3-pointers made, 50 assists and 50 steals in the same season.
"Jasmine Grant made a great deal of improvement
defensively and with her perimeter shooting this season," Browder said. "She became a starter late in
the season when Money (SiMon) Franklin got hurt and missed three games, but Jasmine's play on both ends
of the court has allowed her to keep the starting job."
The 10 GCAC head coaches selected the team and the special awards.
2009-10 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Team
Damara Bolton, Tougaloo
Sharday Cotton, LSU-Shreveport
Keiva Council, Loyola
TiKandis Edwards, LSU-Shreveport
Jasmine Grant, Xavier
Alice Honnery, Mobile
Valerie Huizar, LSU-Shreveport
Victoria Jones, Tougaloo
Kim Lewis, William Carey
Alisha Mason, William Carey
Ariel Mitchell, Dillard
Brittany Powell, Xavier
Jazzlyn Prince, SUNO
Trenese Smith, Loyola
Jira Williams, Belhaven
Player of the Year: Brittany Powell, Xavier
Newcomer of the Year: Sharday Cotton, LSU-Shreveport
Freshman of the Year: Tyesha Robinson, SUNO
Coach of the Year: Bo Browder, Xavier