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Women's Basketball Frontcourt Earns All-SCAC Honors

Women's Basketball Frontcourt Earns All-SCAC Honors

Frontcourt players Cecily Woolfolk and Tori Carraway powered the Southwestern University Pirates women's basketball team this season, earning spots on the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) all-conference teams. 

Woolfolk averaged a team-high 14.5 points and 7.7 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game, good for fifth in conference in scoring and fourth in rebounding. She scored a season-high 31 points against Texas Lutheran on 9-for-16 shooting and averaged 15.3 points per game in conference play. 

From a previous article

Few in the conference possess as much functional power as Woolfolk, whose game is also full of subtle nuances.

"Her sheer physicality obscures the grace in which she creates odd angles and shooting windows through which to loft an assortment of soft hooks, flip shots, and turnaround jumpers. Nimble footwork steps in for blinding athleticism, allowing her to quickly pivot or maneuver into the space she creates.

As sagging defenses conspired to limit entry passes, Woolfolk adapted by working diligently on the offensive glass, requiring attention even when not given the ball.

What separates her from other classic centers is her ability to read the defense and find her spots in it, catching and making plays on the move while in control.

Her ability to be a viable offense unto herself paved the way for the lineup changes to shift more offense to the bench, allowing for head coach Greta Grothe and assistant Georgina German to field defensive, space-starved units in the starting lineups and unleash potent bench pairings."

Woolfolk earned honorable mention in each of the past two seasons. 

Tori Carraway has now earned All-SCAC recognition in each of her four years at Southwestern University, scoring 1,028 points and grabbing 754 rebounds in her collegiate career. Returning from injury, Carraway averaged 9.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, earning a spot on the All-SCAC Third Team. 

From a previous article

Only injury has slowed her down in the SCAC, rehabbing all offseason to return a few games into her senior season. With Woolfolk emerging while Carraway regained confidence in her leg, Tori worked as a secondary player in the starting lineup, triggering many of the high-low passes the Southwestern offense calls for.

A late-season lineup moved her to the second unit. Not as a demotion, but as a means to bring all of her skills back into full use, scoring 13, 17, 10, and 20 in four of the Pirates' last six games.

For the season, Carraway averaged 9.3 points on 46.8 percent shooting in conference play, grabbing 7.3 rebounds.

Carraway was First Team All-SCAC last season, Second Team the year before, and Honorable Mention her first year. Other Southwestern players receiving votes include Zhazze Brown, Noel Pratts, and Courtney Maass. The Pirates finished the season 12-14 and 11-5 in conference play.