Philadelphia, Pa. - Senior forward Erin Mann (West Chester, Pa./Villa Maria Academy) highlighted the list of Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) All-Stars as she was named the women's basketball Player of the Year as voted by the conference's head coaches and announced by the conference office.
Mann was also named to the All-CACC first team for the second straight season as Holy Family had three players recognized with postseason honors. Fellow classmates, Kelly Brady (Ocean City, N.J./Ocean City) and Ana Cruz (Lititz, Pa./Warwick), were named to the All-CACC third team. In addition, head coach Mark Miller was selected the CACC Coach of the Year by his peers.
“I am very proud of Erin,” said Miller. “She is having a tremendous season on both ends of the floor. Erin has had a remarkable four year career and I'm proud of what she has done and accomplished.”
Miller continues, “Ana and Kelly do all the little things that others may not see other than the coaches. It's a great honor that they can be part of the All-Conference teams. I'm very proud of what they bring to our team.”
Mann is the sixth player in program history to be named the conference's Player of the Year and the first since former All-American Catherine Carr received the honor in 2009. She is compiling another career season as she is averaging a career-best 18.3 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.
Mann currently ranks first in the CACC in total blocks (72) and field goal percentage (.530). Her 72 blocks this season ties her career-high and is also ranked fourth most in Division II thus far. In addition, the three-time All-CACC selection is ranked second in scoring (18.3 ppg), third in free throws made (121) and tenth in rebounds per game (8.1 rpg).
In January, Mann became the third player in program history to score at least 1,600 points and record at least 800 rebounds in a career. She currently sits fifth in program history with 1,786 career points and fifth with 869 career rebounds. Mann is also second all-time with 229 career blocks.
Brady is being recognized by the conference for the second straight season as she is earning third team honors for the first time in her career. Last season, Brady was named All-CACC Honorable Mention.
Brady is averaging a career-best 8.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game this season. She leads the team with 228 total rebounds and ranks fifth in the conference in rebounds per game. Brady also ranks sixth in the CACC with a .477 shooting percentage and is fourth in steals with 54. She is one steal shy of tying her career-high for steals in a season set last season.
Cruz is earning All-CACC honors for the first time in her career with third team honors. Cruz ranks second on the team in scoring as she is averaging close to ten points (9.6 ppg) per game to go along with 2.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game this season.
Cruz is among the conference's top three-point shooters, ranking ninth in total three-pointers with 38. She also ranks eighth in the CACC with a .759 free throw percentage (44-58).
Miller is in his fourth season with Holy Family and is earning Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his career. This season, Holy Family is currently 24-2 overall and wrapped up conference play with an 18-1 mark. As a result, the Tigers clinched the number one seed in the upcoming CACC Tournament and their sixth straight South Division Regular Season Title.
“This award is more about the program,” said Miller on earning Coach of the Year recognition. “It's about the 14 very great players that work hard night in and night out. I'm lucky to have three great assistants that I could share this with along with the team.”
In his three-plus years at Holy Family, Miller has a 104-18 record to go along with four straight CACC Tournament appearances. The Tigers won the conference championship last season and advanced to the NCAA Division II Tournament for the third straight year under Miller. Holy Family has appeared in the East Region Final twice under his tenure (2010 & 2012). Miller holds a career 158-43 record.
Holy Family, ranked sixth in the recent USA Today/ESPN NCAA Division II National Top-25 Coaches' Poll and fifth in the East Region, will host fourth-seeded Bloomfield College in the quarterfinals of the CACC Tournament on Saturday, March 2. Game time is slated for 2 p.m.
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