THREE SKYHAWKS GARNER ALL-OVC HONORS; SPRAY TABBED OVC FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
February 28, 2017
2016-17 All-OVC Teams
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Three players for the University of Tennessee at Martin women’s basketball team earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as voted on by the league’s head coach and sports information directors on Tuesday.
UT Martin freshman guard Kendall Spray was named OVC Freshman of the Year while joining the duo of Ashton Feldhaus and Myah Taylor on the All-OVC second team. Spray and Feldhaus capped off their respective postseason honors by earning a spot on the OVC All-Newcomer squad as well.
A native of Lebanon, Tenn., Spray became the program’s third OVC Freshman of the Year after leading the Skyhawks with 12.7 points per game – ranking as the league’s highest scoring freshman. Spray burst onto the scene by ranking as one of the nation’s top three-point shooting threats by ranking 16th nationally in three-point field goals made (87), 23rd in three-point field goals per game (3.0) and 24th in three-point field goals attempted (221). She also broke the program’s previous freshman single-season three-point record of 84 while ranking tied for sixth on the school’s overall single-season list.
Spray has tallied 18 games in double figures – including 10 games with 15 points or more while leading the team in scoring nine times. Her best outings came against Eastern Illinois where she scored a career-high 33 points while tossing in 29 points at Tennessee State and 26 points at Southeast Missouri. She also tallied seven games with at least five three-pointers – including finishing one short of the program’s single-game record against Eastern Illinois and Southeast Missouri. Spray is just the fourth freshman in program history to earn All-OVC honors.
Hailing from Richmond, Ky., Feldhaus posted a strong campaign in her debut season with the Skyhawks. Feldhaus averaged 11.4 points while leading the team with 5.1 rebounds per game. She was no stranger to OVC awards during the regular season, earning OVC Newcomer of the Week on six occasions along with OVC Player of the Week on Jan. 31.
Feldhaus tallied 18 games in double figures – including 10 games with 15 points or more while leading the team in scoring four times. Her best outing came against Austin Peay where she tallied 23 points and nine rebounds while also eclipsing the 20-point plateau against Eastern Illinois (21 points) and Southeast Missouri (20 points). She notched her first career double-double at Murray State, tallying 19 points and 11 rebounds – ranking as an individual season high for the Skyhawks. Heading into the OVC Basketball Championship, Feldhaus has averaged 18.1 points per game over the last 11 contests.
A native of Dyersburg, Tenn., Taylor improved upon her freshman campaign where she earned All-Newcomer honors by elevating herself to the All-OVC second team. Taylor averaged 12.5 points and 3.6 rebounds per game while serving as the team’s primary sixth-man down the stretch despite starting in 13 games.
Taylor tallied 19 games in double figures – including nine games with 15 points or more while leading the team in scoring eight times. Her best outing came against Southern Illinois where she scored a career-high 25 points while also eclipsing the 20-point plateau against Jacksonville State (23 points) and Austin Peay (23 points). She also tallied 10 games with at least three made three-pointers – including a career-best six against Jacksonville State.
The trio will open up play in the OVC Basketball Championship as the No. 4 seed and will take on No. 5 seed Austin Peay on Thursday, March 2. Tipoff from historic Municipal Auditorium is scheduled for 1 p.m.