ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - Johannah Leedham of Franklin Pierce took home her second NCAA Division II Player of the Year award in
three years, and coach Cleve Wright of 36-0 Gannon University claimed the Russell Athletic/WBCA National NCAA Division
II Coach of the Year Award at the Banquet of Champions on Monday.
Leedham, who also claimed the top player honor in 2008, led the nation in scoring, averaging 27.1 points per game. The
5-foot-11 senior from Ellesmere Point, England, also averaged eight rebounds and 4.3 steals per game for the 30-1
I think this is a lot about my team this is just another accomplishment for me and my team on the way to what we
want to achieve (a national championship)," Leedham said.
Wright, in his eighth season with the Gannon Lady Knights, has skippered his squad to one of two currently unblemished
marks in all divisions of NCAA women's basketball, along with DI Connecticut. The former Northwestern and Butler
University assistant coach said that while the accolade would prove fruitful on the recruiting trail, he'd trade it in
to be the last team standing Friday.
I would trade this in a millisecond for a national championship," he said.
The Division II State Farm Coaches' All-America team also was named Monday, with five Elite Eight teams represented.
Along with Leedham, Kristina Freeman (Gannon), Jasmine Gunn (Tusculum), Jenny Vinning (Arkansas Tech), Katie Wysocky
(Michigan Tech) and Cassondra Boston (Emporia State) were among those playing in today's games that were honored.
The other four members were Lauren Beckley of Shippensburg, Jheri Booker of Minnesota-Duluth, Chelsea Carlisle of
California-San Diego and Brooque Williams of California University of Pennsylvania.
Fort Lewis College forward Allison Rosel earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, with Vera Jo Bustos of Adams
State the only other Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference player to be so honored.
Rosel, the Central Region Player of the Year, is averaging 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.