ALEXANDRIA, La. – The final voting for Red River Athletic Conference Teams is in as the Pilots had the most on the First Team with three (Kourtney Pennywell (SR/Shreveport, Louisiana), Courtney Randle (SR/Lamarque, Texas) and Quiana Tucker (SR/Stone Mountain, Georgia)). Johnesha Major (SR/DeSoto, Texas) was also a Honorable Mention selection while Randle was recognized on the All-Champions of Character Team. Pennywell was named as the conference Player of the Year while Curtis Loyd was named the Coach of the Year for the RRAC.
Pennywell averaged 17.4 points and 10.1 rebounds per game in RRAC play while also leading the team with 33 blocks. She netted double figures in all but one of the 17 RRAC games she played in including netted 20+ in seven of those games. She scored 24 points against LSU Alexandria, Our Lady of the Lake and Texas College which was just one shy of her season high. KP also helped out gathering rebounds as she pulled down a season high of 17 against Huston-Tillotson and Texas College.
"KP is one of the hardest workers I know and these honors she has received is evidence of that," said LSUS coach Curtis Loyd. KP has always played at a high level whether it be AAU, high school or here at the collegiate level. She knew she needed to complete her game mentally and physically plus work on a few more skills. She will probably tell you that she is just as shocked as any to get Player of the Year plus she would give credit to all of her teammates. I'm proud of her because she has led with me and this team throughout the entire year."
Randle led the Pilots in scoring (18.4) and was second on the team with 29 steals while having her season high of six steals against Texas College. She netted her season high of 37 points on 4-of-9 shooting from beyond the arc against St. Thomas while also pulling down her season high of 15 rebounds in the same game. She scored double digits in all but two of her 18 RRAC contests while scoring more than 20 in eight of those games.
"The last thing Randle wanted to do is lead us in scoring. But with her help on defense it gave her a few more opportunities to score," said Coach Loyd as Randle had several swipe and score plays this season. "She is playing for so much more; her family and not wanting to let her teammates down. She will do whatever it takes for us to be successful."
Tucker tossed in 11.4 points and pulled down a team leading 12.4 rebounds per contest. She scored double figures in 12 of the 18 conference games she played in while pulling down double digit rebounds in 12 games. She had her season high of 22 rebounds in RRAC play against Langston and also had 20 boards versus Langston the second time around. She scored her season high of 18 points against Langston on the road.
"Tucker getting first team is a really great accomplishment for her," said Loyd. "She asked me 'what can I do to help this team to succeed' and I challenged her to average a double-double for the year. Out of my 18 years of coaching she is only the third player to do that in conference play."
Major tossed in seven points per game but was the team's leader with 88 assists in conference play. She scored double digits in six games but is better known for dishing out the assists. In half of the RRAC games she played in she had at least five assists including her season high of eight against Our Lady of the Lake.
"Major has been a captain and a leader on this team since the preseason. I'm so proud of her and what she has accomplished mentally with the responsibilities of helping this team. I'm glad to see that she was rewarded," ended Loyd.
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