For the second year in a row, Youngstown State’s Brandi Brown has been snubbed by the voting members of the Horizon League who determine postseason honors.
Last season, Brown, despite having better stats than Yar Shayok of Detroit was voted the runner-up for Horizon League Newcomer of The Year. It felt like because the Lady Penguins went 0-30 last season that the argument was diluted. Perhaps individual awards were given to teams with better records.
This season, Brown led the Horizon League in scoring. I do not care what sport it is, when an individual leads their conference in any category, they should be rewarded for it. Brown scored 20 points per game AND was tied for fifth in the conference in rebounding. Top five in the two biggest categories that basketball players are measured. Brown ranked 15th in the nation, IN THE WHOLE NATION, in scoring, 581 points in 29 games, do the math.
Green Bay seniors Celeste Hoewisch and Kayla Tetschlag were named Co-Players of the Year. They were joined on the first team by Cleveland State’s Shawnita Garland, Milwaukee’s Lindsay Laur and Wright State’s LaShawna Thomas.
Julie Wojta (Green Bay), Chloe Hamilton (Butler), Molly Fox (Wright State) and Brittany Bowen (Butler) joined Brown on the second team.
Brown’s snubbing can also be known as the first time a player was not named to the first team when leading the league in scoring.