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Gold Nuggets' Warren selected GCAC Player of Year

Christina Warren

Christina Warren
     Keldra Hall

Keldra Hall
     Jazmoné Kelly

Jazmoné Kelly
     March 2, 2011

     NEW ORLEANS — Christina Warren of Xavier University of Louisiana was selected Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women's basketball, and she was joined by teammates Keldra Hall and Jazmoné Kelly on the 10-player all-conference team.
     Hall was chosen Newcomer of the Year, and Bo Browder repeated as Coach of the Year.
     The conference awards, chosen by the league's

head coaches, were announced Wednesday on the eve of the GCAC Tournament at Jacksonville, Fla. Xavier is the No. 1 seed and will play Dillard or host Edward Waters in the semifinals at 2 p.m. EST Friday. Dillard, the No. 4 seed, will play fifth-seeded Edward Waters at 6 p.m. EST Thursday.
     Warren, a 5-foot-9 senior forward/guard from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., and a graduate of Los Osos High School and Chaffey College, leads the Gold Nuggets with 12 points per game, 36 made 3-pointers and an .817 free-throw percentage. She was GCAC Player of the Week three times this season.
     "Christina did a great stop stepping up and becoming our No. 1 option on offense when we lost Jasmine Grant to injury in November," Browder said.
     It's the second consecutive season that an XU senior was chosen GCAC Player of the Year. Brittany Powell won in 2009-10.
     Hall, a 6-foot junior center from Dallas and a graduate of Molina High School and Angelina College, is averaging 8.3 points and leads the Gold Nuggets with 7.4 rebounds per game and 27 blocked shots. Her 97 offensive rebounds are the most by an XU female in four seasons.
     "Keldra was the main reason our inside game improved so much this season," Browder said. "Last season we barely outrebounded our opponents. This season our rebound margin is plus-7.6. Keldra thinks she can get every missed shot, and that attitude is contagious."
     Kelly, a 5-9 junior guard/forward and a graduate of Cincinnati's Ursuline Academy, is averaging 7.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. She needs one steal to become the first Gold Nugget since Jackie Tucker in 2003-04 with 60 offensive rebounds, 60 assists and 60 steals in the same season.
     "Jazmoné Kelly is the pulse of our team," Browder said. "She's our team captain, and she's given us outstanding leadership on and off the court this season."
     Browder, 295-101 in 12 seasons as the Nuggets' head coach, has guided his team to a 24-6 record. The XU women extended their win streak in conference games to 24, and they've been ranked in every NAIA Division I top 25 this season. They're 20th this week.
     "It's always gratifying to be recognized by your peers," said Browder, who's won four GCAC coaching awards. "But this award reflects more on my hard-working players and the great support I receive from our athletic director, Mr. (Dennis) Cousin, my associate head coach, Darrilyn Broussard, and the Xavier administration."

2010-11 All-Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Team
Name School Position Height Class Hometown PPG
Christine Conners SUNO Forward 5-11 Junior Prairieville, La. 14.3
Erica Grayson Tougaloo Center 5-11 Senior Corinth, Miss. 11.2
Keldra Hall Xavier Center 6-0 Junior Dallas, Texas 8.3
Victoria Jones Tougaloo Forward 5-10 Junior Saginaw, Mich. 17.3
Jazmoné Kelly Xavier Guard/Forward 5-9 Junior Cincinnati, Ohio 7.1
Ariel Mitchell Dillard Forward 5-7 Junior St. James, La. 16.0
Lydia Ross SUNO Guard 5-5 Freshman Dallas, Texas 6.8
Jazzmin Smith Dillard Forward 5-11 Sophomore Lake Charles, La. 16.6
LaTiondra Smith SUNO Guard/Forward 5-10 Senior Jacksonville, Texas 12.1
Christina Warren Xavier Forward/Guard 5-9 Senior Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. 12.0

Player of the Year:  Christina Warren, Xavier
Newcomer of the Year:  Keldra Hall, Xavier
Freshman of the Year:  (tie) Portia Craft, Tougaloo (Guard, 5-6, McComb, Miss.), and Lydia Ross, SUNO
Coach of the Year:  Bo Browder, Xavier


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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 teams in basketball, cross country and tennis and women's teams in basketball, cross country, tennis and volleyball.

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