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Hailey earns Player of the Year, leads A-10 picks
Courtesy: Charlotte Sports Information
          Release: 03/07/2013
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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Charlotte's Jennifer Hailey, an All-America candidate, has been named the 2012-13 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year and was joined by a pair of her teammates on the All-Atlantic 10 teams as announced by the league office Thursday prior to the start of the Buick Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philadelphia Friday. Hailey, who also was selected to the conference's First Team and All-Defensive Team, was joined by Third Team honorees Amanda Dowe and Ny Hammonds.

"I could not be more proud of Jenn to receive this honor," head coach Cara Consuegra said. "It was nice to see the coaches recognize the great effort she had as well all season. She has led the way for us, not only statistically, but also as our heartbeat on and off the court. For this being the first one for the program in 25 years is an amazing accomplishment in which the whole team played a part.

"I'm also very happy for Amanda and Ny to get their accolades. Amanda plays in Jenn's shadow a lot but is still a player that averages a double-double in this league. It was well deserved. Same thing with Ny. Her improvement from last year to this year has more than doubled and I am glad the coaches recognized that."

Hailey becomes the first 49ers women's basketball player to collect the Player of the Year accolade since the program's only other recipient, Kristin Wilson from the Sun Belt in 1986-87. The Marshville, N.C., native is also the first All-Atlantic 10 First Team pick for Charlotte since its inaugural season in the conference, 2005-06, when Pam Brown and Sakellie Daniels were tabbed to the five-member squad.

Hailey, a Second Team choice a year ago, had a highlight-filled campaign in leading the Niners to a 24-4 overall and 13-1 Atlantic 10 ledger. She joined the school's 1,000-point club November 17 against FGCU, becoming the 20th member, and then added her 1,000th career rebound against Butler February 13 against Butler. She is one of just four women's players, and seven overall basketball student-athletes, in school history to reach four digits on the glass.

She added 21 double-doubles, including 12 straight to open Atlantic 10 play, and was the only four-time outright winner of the league's Player of the Week award.

Hailey became the school's career leader for blocked shots, also in the Butler game, while topping her own single-season record in the statistical category in the regular-season finale at Richmond March 3. She has at least one rejection in 40-straight outings entering the conference tournament.

She currently joins Dowe as two of just 36 players nationally to average a double-double, pouring in 15.4 points and grabbing 11.9 rebounds per contest.

Hailey also earned a spot on the all-tournament team following the GSU Holiday & Hoops Tournament and has ranked among the Top 10 national leaders for double-doubles and rebounds over the course of the last two months.

Dowe caps her Charlotte career with her first postseason league honor. She was a co-recipient of the March 4 Atlantic 10 Player of the Week plaudit after grabbing a career-high 21 rebounds at Richmond. The Tabor City, N.C., product finished the regular season with 12 double-doubles, including five in conference play, and joins Hailey with a double-double average of 10.6 points and 11.5 rebounds.

Her 21 rebounds are the most by a 49ers player since December 1987 and are the first time a Charlotte player reached the 20-plateau since January 1990. She netted a career-high 21 points in the first road game, a win at Big 12 foe TCU November 14, while adding a season-best three blocked shots against the Horned Frogs.

Dowe has tallied (10.3 points and 15.0 rebounds) during the last three games, helping the Niners finish the regular season with a 13-game win streak.

Hammonds also becomes a first-time winner of a postseason conference accolade. She has ranked among the Top 10 national leaders all season in assists per game, currently at a 6.7 per game clip to place eighth. She opened the campaign with five-straight weeks as No. 1 across the country in the category.

She has handed out 10-plus assists three times this year, including a career-high 11 against Mississippi Valley State December 30 at the GSU Holiday & Hoops Tournament. Her 10 helpers along with 10 points against Florida State December 2 resulted in her first career double-double, joining Hailey and Dowe as the only 49ers to accomplish the feat this year.

Hammonds, from Concord, N.C., was on the initial listing of Players Making the Buzz for the Nancy Lieberman Award, which is awarded to the nation's top point guard.

She concluded the regular season by netting double-figure points in nine of the last 11 games, including a game-best 17 at Massachusetts February 20. She recorded a career-best 21 points at UNC Wilmington December 5 in addition to her 2.3 assist-to-turnover ratio for A-10 contests ranking as the league's best.

Charlotte's three selections tied it with regular-season champion Dayton as the most in the conference, while it's the most in a single year for the 49ers since 2008-09 when they went on to win the league tournament on their home floor.

The Niners enter the conference tournament field as the No. 2 seed, matching the highest in program history with the 2006 team. Charlotte will begin play at 5 p.m. Saturday against the No. 7 Xavier versus No. 10 Temple victor at Saint Joseph's Michael J. Hagan '85 Arena in Philadelphia. It is the first time since 2010 the 49ers have secured a first-round bye.

Charlotte's game can be heard live on Charlotte49ers.com with Josh Feldman handling the play-by-play duties. Live video will be streamed through the conference website at Atlantic10.com and live stats will also be available. In-game updates can be found on Twitter by following @49erGameDay.

2012-13 Atlantic 10 Women's Basketball Awards
First Team
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte

Andrea Hoover, Dayton
Chatilla van Grinsven, Saint Joseph's
Erin Rooney, Fordham
Wumi Agunbiade, Duquesne

Second Team
Ally Malott, Dayton
Daress McClung, Butler
Marah Strickland, Fordham
Robyn Parks, VCU
Victoria Macaulay, Temple

Third Team
Amanda Dowe, Charlotte
Ny Hammonds, Charlotte
Amber Gray, Xavier
Erin Shields, Saint Joseph's
Sam MacKay, Dayton

All-Defensive Team
Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Arielle Collins, Fordham
Jocelyn Floyd, Duquesne
Natasha Cloud, Saint Joseph's
Victoria Macaulay, Temple

All-Rookie Team
Amber Deane, Dayton
April Robinson, Duquesne
Jessica Pellechio, VCU
Kelly Austria, Dayton
Samantha Clark

All-Academic Team
Andrea Hoover, Dayton
Erin Shields, Saint Joseph's
Jessica Pachko, Xavier
Rachel Bilney, Richmond
Tara Booker, George Washington

Player of the Year: Jennifer Hailey, Charlotte
Coach of the Year:
Jim Jabir, Dayton
Defensive Player of the Year: Jocelyn Floyd, Duquesne
Rookie of the Year: Amber Deane, Dayton
Most Improved Player: Erin Shields, Saint Joseph's
Sixth Player of the Year: Olivia Applewhite, Dayton

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