Tuesday February 26, 2013

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BENNINGTON -- For the first time in program history, a Southern Vermont College women’s basketball player has been named as a conference rookie of the year.

Freshman captain Amber Flagg has been selected by the New England Collegiate Conference’s coaches as the 2012-13 Women’s Basketball Rookie of the Year after a record-setting season.

The guard ranked in the top 10 of the conference in several categories including scoring with 17.6 points per game, steals (2.7 per game), made free throws, made field goals and made three-point field goals. She was honored as the Conference Rookie of the Week four times throughout the season.

She scored 430 points this season, just 17 off the mark for most in Southern Vermont College history, and set a season record for accurate free-throw shooting, 79.5 percent, the best ever for a Mountaineer with at least 100 attempts in a season.

Flagg had eight games this season in which she scored at least 20 points, her season-high of 28 coming January 17 against Wheelock College. She had two double-doubles on the season and finished with 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.

Flagg also garnered an All-NECC second team honor with her performance this year.

Johnson earns second-straight NECC nod

On the men’s side, SVC men’s basketball senior captain Taeshon Johnson earned a spot on the All-NECC first team for the second straight season.

Johnson, third in program history in scoring, picks up the honor after an impressive season in which he averaged a conference-best 22 points per league contest, the second consecutive year leading the league.

He averaged 22.2 points and 8.3 rebounds overall on the season. Johnson finished with 534 points, tying his own total from last season and ranking fifth on the all-time single-season points list.

"Whether as leading scorer in the conference, the combination of rebounding and shooting percentage, or ultimately the effort and class which consistently characterized his game, there is no question that Taeshon is thought among the best of our conference," commented head coach Michael McDonough. "We are indeed proud of his accomplishments and the respect which he has garnered."

The 6-foot-4 guard finished his career with 1,467 points, reaching that mark in only three years. He also grabbed 584 career boards, fourth-best for a Mountaineer and is fifth for most career steals in school history with 96. He also now holds the school record for free-throw shooting percentage at 74 percent.