Senior Brittney Smith earned SSAC All-East Division accolades as the SSAC recognized its 2011-12 award recipients as part of the SSAC Women’s Basketball Championship weekend.
The All-SSAC honor is the third for Ellison, a two-time NAIA All-American and the reigning SSAC Female Honor Student-Athlete. Ellison was the Co-Divisional Player of the Year along with Lee’s Holly German.
The 5-6 Columbus native is having a career season for the 25-5 Lady Hawks, averaging 11.0 points, 6.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 2.1 steals. Ellison is Shorter’s all-time leader in assists with 521 and ranks fourth all-time in Shorter history with 177 steals. She enters Thursday’s SSAC quarterfinal against Faulkner with 999 career points and her 6.8 assists per game lead the entire NAIA.
Foster, a native of Rome, picks up her first All-SSAC honor after transferring to Shorter from Roane State last season. After averaging 7.3 points last season, Foster broke out in 2011-12 and leads Shorter in scoring at 11.6 points a game. She is shooting 34 percent from 3-point range and has reached double figures in 13 of her last 17 appearances.
Smith, who hails from Decatur, Ala., has developed into one of the league’s best post players.
Smith averaged four points a game over her first three seasons, but is putting up 10.7 points and 8.3 rebounds this season. She leads Shorter with five double doubles, her most recent being a 20-point, 12-rebound outburst in Shorter’s 60-44 upset of then No. 4-ranked Lee on Feb. 23.
Shorter placed nine student-athletes on the Academic All-SSAC squad. Ellison, Smith, Lindsey Crawford, Abbie Daniel, Allison Danner, Chelsi Matthews, Aiste Pranciliauskaite, Megan Queen and Emily Trew earned All-Academic recognition for having a 3.25 grade point average or better with at least sophomore academic standing.
Belhaven’s Regena Jackson was named SSAC Player of the Year while Lee University head coach Marty Rowe earned Coach of the Year honors.