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Head Coach Tina Martin (center) with Kelsey Buchanan and Stephanie Leon
Courtesy: Delaware Athletics

Stephanie Leon Presented with Prestigious CAA Dean Ehlers Award; Kelsey Buchanan Named All-CAA First Team

Courtesy: Delaware Athletics
Release: 03/12/2014
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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – For the first time in school history, a University of Delaware women’s basketball student-athlete brought home the prestigious Colonial Athletic Association Dean Ehlers Leadership Award.

Junior Stephanie Leon (Northport, N.Y.) was named the recipient of the 2014 Dean Ehlers award while senior Kelsey Buchanan (South Riding, Va.) earned All-CAA first team and All-Academic Team accolades.

The awards were announced Wednesday evening at the league’s post-season banquet.

The Dean Ehlers Leadership award is presented annually to a men’s and women’s basketball student-athlete who embodies the highest standards of leadership, integrity and sportsmanship in conjunction with academic athletic achievement.

“It’s really an honor to win this award,” exclaimed Leon, one of the team’s tri-captains. “I am so thankful to the CAA for this opportunity and it’s amazing to be recognized for such hard work on and off of the basketball court.”

Leon, an international relations major minoring in organizational and community leadership and public policy, spends a lot of time off of the basketball court as a leader on the University of Delaware campus and in the community. During her time at UD, Leon has grown with the Blue Hen Leadership Program and volunteers with elementary schools, mission trips and food pantries to name a few.

Buchanan led the Blue Hens and ranked third in the league with 17.9 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Entering her senior year, Buchanan averaged just 2.5 points per game, but blossomed in her final season by scoring double figures in all but three games.  Buchanan was also honored four times this season as a CAA Player of the Week.

James Madison’s Kirby Burkholder was named the Player of the Year while teammate Nikki Newman was the Defensive Player of the Year and Kenny Brooks was the Coach of the Year.  Marlena Tremba (William & Mary) was honored as the CAA Rookie of the Year.

Play in the 2014 CAA Women’s Basketball Tournament begins Friday for Delaware as the second-seeded Blue Hens face off against seventh-seeded Northeastern at 5 p.m.

2013-14 CAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL AWARD WINNERS

ALL-CAA FIRST TEAM Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Kelsey Buchanan, Delaware Sr. C 6-3 South Riding, Va./Freedom
Kirby Burkholder, James Madison Sr. G 6-0 Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby
Tanisha McTiller, Towson Sr. G 5-7 Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park
Afreyea Tolbert, College of Charleston Sr. G 5-10 Teaneck, N.J./St. Mary’s/Northeastern
Jewel Tunstull, Northeastern Sr. C 6-3 Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood
         
ALL-CAA SECOND TEAM Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Kelva Atkins, UNCW Jr. G 5-4 Stem, N.C./Granville Central/Columbia State JC
Alyssa Frye, College of Charleston Sr. G 5-8 Chester, Va./Dale
Toia Giggetts, James Madison Jr. F 6-0 Norfolk, Va./Lake Taylor
Precious Hall, James Madison So. G 5-8 Tallahassee, Fla./Maclay School
LaTorri Hines-Allen, Towson Jr. F 6-1 Montclair, N.J./Montclair
         
ALL-CAA THIRD TEAM Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
A’lece Mark, Northeastern Jr. G 5-7 Springfield, Mass./Loomis Chaffee Academy
Kaitlyn Mathieu, William & Mary Sr. F 6-2 Waterboro, Maine/Worcester Academy (Mass.)
Nikki Newman, James Madison Sr. G/F 6-2 Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby
Anma Onyeuku, Hofstra Sr. F 5-10 Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County
Annie Payton, Hofstra Sr. G 5-9 Camden, N.J./Camden
Rachel Pearson, Drexel So. G/F 5-11 West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
 
2014 CAA PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kirby Burkholder, James Madison
2014 CAA COACH OF THE YEAR: Kenny Brooks, James Madison
2014 CAA ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Marlena Tremba, William & Mary
2014 CAA DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Nikki Newman, James Madison
2014 DEAN EHLERS LEADERSHIP AWARDS: Stephanie Leon, Delaware
ALL-ROOKIE TEAM Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Breanna Bolden, College of Charleston Fr. F 5-11 Edgewater, Md./South River
Sarah Curran, Drexel Fr. F 5-11 Media, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Elo Edeferioka, Hofstra Fr. F 6-3 Warri, Nigeria/Life Center Academy (N.J.)
Brie Mobley, UNCW Fr. G 5-8 Winter Haven, Fla./Winter Haven
Marlena Tremba, William & Mary Fr. G 5-9 Vienna, Va./Paul VI
         
ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Jazmen Boone, William & Mary Jr. F 5-8 Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Jazmon Gwathmey, James Madison So. G 6-2 Bealeton, Va./Liberty
Mikaela Hopkins, College of Charleston Jr. F/C 6-5 Augusta, Ga./Thomas
Tanisha McTiller, Towson Sr. G 5-7 Chicago, Ill./Lincoln Park
Nikki Newman, James Madison Sr. G/F 6-2 Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby
Jewel Tunstull, Northeastern Sr. C 6-3 Brooklyn, N.Y./Midwood
ALL-ACADEMIC TEAM Cl. Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School
Kelva Atkins, UNCW Jr. Jr. 5-4 Stem, N.C./Granville Central/Columbia State JC
Jazmen Boone, William & Mary Jr. F 5-8 Virginia Beach, Va./Princess Anne
Jill Brown, College of Charleston Sr. G 5-6 Midlothian, Va./Trinity Episcopal
Kelsey Buchanan, Delaware Sr. C 6-3 South Riding, Va./Freedom
Kirby Burkholder, James Madison Sr. G 6-0 Bridgewater, Va./Turner Ashby
Meghan Creighton, Drexel So. G 5-7 West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Fiona Flanagan, Drexel Sr. G 5-10 Penn Valley, Pa./Notre Dame de Namur
Alyssa Frye, College of Charleston Sr. G 5-8 Chester, Va./Dale
Kyla Kerstetter, William & Mary Jr. G 5-11 Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood
Amencie Mercier, Northeastern Jr. G 5-7 Pierrefonds, Quebec/Dawson College
Nikki Newman, James Madison Sr. G/F 6-2 Harrisonburg, Va./Turner Ashby
Anma Onyeuku, Hofstra Sr. F 5-10 Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County
Rachel Pearson, Drexel So. G/F 5-11 West Chester, Pa./Archbishop Carroll
Tory Thierolf, Drexel Sr. F 6-0 Doylestown, Pa./Germantown Academy
Nyree Williams, Towson Sr. F 6-1 Ellicott City, Md./Howard HS
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