March 11, 2014
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Junior center Porsha Roberts was recognized as one of the top players in the Southland Conference on Tuesday being named the Southland Defensive Player of the Year.
Roberts averaged 8.2 rebounds in conference play to go with 1.8 blocks. Over the last two weeks of the regular season she averaged 3.0 blocks and helped the Ladyjacks close out the season on a 6-game winning streak to win their first Southland Conference title since 2010. With her defensive player of the year award, Roberts also was named to the All-Defensive Team.
Her defensive play helped the Ladyjacks allow only 57.6 points per game against conference opponents to rank second in the league and boast the best field goal percentage defense in the Southland Conference. SFA went 12-0 in Southland play when holding opponents to 60 or fewer points.
This is SFA's first Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year award since Nikki Carr won in 2008. It is Roberts' second major award from the conference as she was named Southland Conference Freshman of the Year for the 2011-12 season.
Along with her selection as the defensive player of the year, Roberts was named to All-Southland Conference First Team. She was joined on the first team by SLC Player of the Year Courtney Duever from Central Arkansas, Emani White from Nicholls, Gia Ayers from Lamar and Houston Baptist's Shanice Steenholdt.
This is Roberts' second all-conference honor earning second team last season.
Roberts averaged 16.8 points per game to rank fifth in league play this year and was third in shooting percentage at 58.7 percent. Roberts also was one of the top free-throw shooters in the league, creating more scoring opportunities for herself and her team.
The league's coaches and sports information directors also recognized Tierany Henderson as she was voted an honorable mention for All-SLC. Henderson was among the league's best rebounders this season averaging 7.1 a game in league play and also was fifth in 3-pointers made.
The Ladyjacks will play on Saturday afternoon in the semifinal round of the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy at 2:30 p.m. They will face Central Arkansas, McNeese State or Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.