Five Earn D3hoops All-Region Honors; Mann & Young-Uhrich Named Player & Coach of the Year

Five Earn D3hoops All-Region Honors; Mann & Young-Uhrich Named Player & Coach of the Year

TOWSON, Md. - The 2017-18 D3hoops.com All-Region Teams have been announced. Five from the Landmark earned First or Second Team honors, with the University of Scranton's Bridgette Mann and Juniata's Danny Young-Uhrich being named the women's Player and Coach of the Year respectively.

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The Catholic University of America men's basketball senior Jay Howard continues to add to his trophy room as he was also selected to the All-Middle-Atlantic District First Team.

Howard, the 2018 Landmark Player of the Year and first-team selection, became the conference's all-time leading scorer and only active All-Decade Team member this past season.

He led the Landmark in scoring by over four points per game at 23.6 ppg. He reached both the 2,000-point and 700 rebound plateau this season as the D3hoops.com Preseason All-American was named to the Bevo Francis Award Watch List and a finalist for the Jostens Award. The Pennsauken, N.J., senior ranks in the top-20 of seven national statistical categories including 15th in points per game.

Moravian College junior guard Jimmy Murray has been named to the 2018 D3hoops.com Men’s Basketball All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.

Murray helped the Greyhounds to a school record 20 wins this season as the squad posted a 20-8 record, won its first-ever Landmark Conference title and played in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the third time in school history and first as an automatic qualifier. Murray was selected to the Landmark All-Conference First Team last month and he was also honored on the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Team of the Year.

He lead the Hounds in scoring this winter at 17.3 points per game, and he also contributed 68 rebounds, 65 three-pointers, 58 assists and 43 steals. Murray is currently 16th in school history with 1,134 points in 75 games, and he has made a school record 168 three-pointers in his career. He is one of 13 Greyhounds slated to return to the program next winter as Moravian looks to defend its Landmark Conference title in 2018-19.

University of Scranton women's basketball players Bridgette Mann and Makenzie Mason were both honored on Tuesday as D3hoops.com announced their 2017-18 All-Region teams. Mann was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region selection while Mason garnered Second Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region accolades.

The awards continue to pile up for Mann, a junior guard who was recently selected as the Landmark Conference Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Landmark Conference pick.  Mann, who was the 2015-16 D3hoops.com Rookie of the Year, led the Lady Royals in scoring this season with 15.3 points per game while adding 4.5 rebounds per contest and dishing out a team-high 96 assists on the year.  

Mann reached double-figures in 26 of Scranton's 30 games this past season and had 20 or more points in seven games.  She totaled a career-high 34 points in a 65-52 win over Drew on February 8.  Mann, who reached the 1,000-point plateau for her career this season, was also named the Landmark Conference Championship MVP after leading the Lady Royals to a 59-58 overtime victory against Juniata in the conference title game on February 24.

Mason also continues to collect recognition after a breakout season for which she recently earned First Team All-Landmark Conference honors.  A sophomore guard, Mason excelled in all aspects of the game, ranking in the top-two on the Scranton roster in every major statistical category.  She was second in the squad in scoring (9.7 points per game), rebounding (6.6 rebounds per game), assists (95), blocks (32), and steals (24).

Mason paced the Lady Royals by shooting 86.7 percent from the free throw line and was second on the team in field goal shooting at 50.5 percent.  Named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on January 29, Mason scored a career-high 20 points in a 98-94 overtime win against Moravian on January 17.  She also came up big in the postseason, averaging 8.8 points, 9.4 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.4 blocks per game in the Lady Royals' five playoff games.

Mann and Mason led the Lady Royals to a 28-2 record this past season and carried Scranton to its third straight Landmark Conference championship.  The Lady Royals also advanced to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row.

Moravian College graduate student Camille McPherson has been selected to the 2018 D3hoops.com Women’s Basketball All-Mid-Atlantic Region Second Team.

McPherson, who was selected to the D3hoops.com All-Region Second Team for the second consecutive, helped guide the Greyhounds to a 17-9 mark and a berth in the Landmark Conference Semifinals. McPherson was honored on the Landmark All-Conference First Team in February for the second straight year after being a Second Team pick in 2016. She is a two-time member of the Lehigh Valley Small College Basketball Team of the Year and has been a finalist for the Jostens Trophy for the last two winters.

McPherson paced the Hounds in scoring at 16.6 points per game, completing her career eighth in school history with 1,427 points and first all-time with an 18.1-point per game scoring average. McPherson also grabbed a team-high 7.2 rebounds per game, and she finished 16th all-time with 559 career rebounds in just 79 games with the Blue and Grey. McPherson contributed 53 assists, 39 three-pointers, 14 steals and seven blocked shots this winter while shooting 83.9 percent at the foul line (94-of-112), 43.6 percent from the floor (133-of-305) and 35.5 percent beyond the arc (39-of-110).

Juniata's Danny Young-Uhrich was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year by D3hoops.com for leading the team to one of their best seasons in program history. 

The Eagles went 23-6 on the year, including a program record 14 straight wins to open the year. Included in the streak was handing then #8 Scranton their only loss of the season. Juniata rose as high as #17 in the D3hoops.com rankings.

The Eagles eventually advanced to the Landmark Conference Championship game where they fell in overtime at Scranton. The Eagles received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament where they defeated Piedmont College (Demorest, GA). They fell in the second round to #3 and Final-Four bound Thomas More College (Crestview Hills, KY). 

It is Young-Uhrich's first all-region coaching nod while she has twice been named Landmark Coach of the Year.