Richellle Parks
Richelle Parks

UTSA athlete named SLC Freshman of the Year

(March 11, 2005)--UTSA forward Richelle Parks was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year and second-team all-Conference, while junior center Lacy Mingee and senior guard Nicole Dunson earned honorable mention all-Conference accolades. The league announced the postseason awards last weekend on the eve of the Southland Conference Tournament.

Parks had one of the best debut seasons ever in UTSA history, setting and continuing to add onto the freshman record for rebounds with 216. Her 8.0 rebounding average also ranked as the second best average for a Roadrunner freshman in the history of the program.

She also led UTSA in scoring, averaging 14.0 points per game to rank fifth in the league, and she was the only freshman in the league to rank in the top 10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.

Parks scored in double figures in 22 of the Roadrunners' 27 games and led UTSA 11 times in the scoring column. Parks topped 20 points on four occasions and posted four double doubles as well. She set her career high with 28 points at McNeese State on Jan. 20.

Dunson led UTSA from beyond the arc and at the free-throw line. In her first full season with UTSA after missing the previous three due to a transfer and injuries, she averaged 8.6 points and led the Roadrunners with 45 three-pointers. That mark ranks as the third best single season performance in school history.

At the free throw line, she paced UTSA by shooting a blistering 85 percent. She scored in double figures 10 times, and at one point during the year, she hit eight consecutive treys to set a UTSA record. Her career high came at Southeastern Louisiana when she hit five three-pointers and scored 19.

Mingee proved to be the Roadrunners' best player off the bench, ranking second on the team with 8.7 points per contest. Her efficiency was evident as she averaged just 16 minutes per game, but also ranked third on the team with just less than five rebounds per game. Mingee reached double figures 10 times during the year, and scored her career high of 25 points in a home win over Southeastern Louisiana. She posted a double double of 20 points and 11 rebounds in a road win at Lamar.

Additionally, the league's other superlatives were awarded to Texas State's Tori Talbert for Player of the Year, Bobcat teammate Tamara Thompson earned Newcomer of the Year honors, and Louisiana-Monroe head coach Mono Martin was named Coach of the Year.

The first-team was comprised of Talbert, Rola Ogunyoye (UTA), Nina Randle (ULM), Diamond Cosby (NSU), and Nekeya Downing (SELU). Joining Parks on the second-team was: Terra Wallace (UTA), Amanda Bennett (NSU), Thompson, and Regina Spivey (McN). The third team was: Dacia McGowan (SELU), Michelle Biley (ULM), LaToya Mills (SFA), Krystal Buchanan (UTA) and Latoya Carson (LU).

--Matt Schabert

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