Related: USA South Release
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Capping an outstanding freshman year, Covenant women's basketball's Joanna Smith was selected as the USA South Rookie of the Year, announced the conference on Wednesday morning.
Junior Rachel Price was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.
Smith becomes the first player in the program to earn the USA South's freshman honor and the first Scot to win a rookie of the year award since Clair Lowe in 1998-99 as part of the NAIA's TVAC.
A 5-foot-8 freshman from Chattanooga, Tenn., and a Chattanooga Christian alum, Smith led the Scots with 12.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game this season. Her rebounding average is second in the conference and her 156 defensive rebounds are currently a USA South high. She registered nine double-doubles on the year and grabbed at least 10 rebounds in 10 contests while scoring double digits 16 times. Additionally, Smith currently ranks fifth in the conference with a 72.7 free throw shooting percentage. Smith earned USA South Rookie of the Week honors six times on the year, including this past week. In addition to being named Rookie of the Year, Smith earned a spot on the All-Conference honorable mention team.
Price, a junior forward from Sale Creek, Tenn., averaged 5.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while starting all 25 games for the Scots
Maryville senior Mackenzie Puckett was named the conference's Player of the Year while head coach Darrin Travillian was selected as the Coach of the Year.
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