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Haynes-Overton repeats as SoCon defensive player of the year

Johnson City Press • Updated Mar 5, 2019 at 5:53 PM

SPARTANBURG, S.C.—Erica Haynes-Overton didn’t let her guard down as a sophomore for the East Tennessee State women’s basketball team.

On Tuesday, she garnered her second Southern Conference defensive player of the year award — becoming ETSU’s first repeat winner in that category since the school rejoined the league in 2014.

In announcing its postseason awards, the SoCon recognized three Buccaneers — Haynes-Overton, redshirt sophomore Micah Scheetz and freshman Kaia Upton.

Haynes-Overton has led the conference all year in steals, averaging 3.2 per game. Nationally, she ranks seventh in steals (95) and 12th nationally in steals per game.

Haynes-Overton, was also a first-team All-SoCon choice by the coaches while drawing a second-team nod by the SoCon Sports Media Association. She takes a team-best 16.9 points-per-game average into the conference tournament, has scored in double figures in all but three games and has hit for 30 or more twice this season.

Gaining third-team status by the media was Scheetz, who sat out last season due to the transfer rule. She ranks second on the team in scoring, averaging 10.7 points per game, and has emerged as ETSU’s most prominent 3-pointer shooter, banking 35 triples to hold a .380 percentage.

Upton was named to the all-freshman team by the coaches and the media. The freshman has played in all 30 games for the Bucs, while starting in 25. She currently averages 5.5 points per game and 2.5 rebounds per game. Upton is second on the team in assists and has totaled six double-digit performances.

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