Monley Named All-Conference, Locklear Brings In PBC Elite 15 Award
GREENWOOD, S.C. — Senior Jonissa Monley was named to the 2016-17 women’s basketball All-Peach Belt Conference (PBC) team and sophomore Avery Locklear was awarded the PBC Elite 15 Award, the league announced Friday evening at a banquet on the eve of the PBC Championships.
Monley has now raked in third-team All-PBC honors two-consecutive seasons to become the first Brave on back-to-back all-conference teams since JaToya Kemp was selected three straight seasons from 2008-2011.
A Laurinburg, North Carolina native, Monley averaged a team-best 10.3 points and 7.5 rebounds this season to go along with 32 assists, 14 block and seven steals. The senior shot 46.9 percent (106-for-226) from the floor and canned 70.7 percent (65-for-92) of her free throws. Monley racked up seven double-doubles this season to give her 17 in her illustrious career and scored in double-figures 12 times this season, including a season-high 26 on 8-of-11 shooting in a Jan. 18 upset of Lander.
Monley ranked in the top 10 of a trio of categories in league play, including defensive rebounds (93), total rebounds (147) and rebounds per game (7.7). Monley set single-game career highs this season in field goals attempted (16), assists (4), steals (2), blocks (3) and minutes (37).
Locklear becomes the first UNCP women’s basketball to be decorated with the PBC Elite 15 Award that is given to the tournament participant with the highest cumulative GPA. The Landis, North Carolina native has a 4.0 GPA while majoring in history at UNCP. Modeled after the NCAA Elite 90 Award, this is the fifth year the PBC has presented the PBC Elite 15 honor.
Locklear averaged 5.1 points per game for the Black & Gold this season and knocked down 30 shots from behind the arc. She scored a season-high 16 points on 6-of-10 shooting against Mount Olive on Dec. 14.
The Braves recently wrapped up a 15-12 campaign that saw them win a record 11-consecutive home games and the most PBC contests since the 2011-12 season.
Grant, Watts Earn All-Peach Belt Conference Recognition
The honors for the 24th-ranked UNC Pembroke men’s basketball team began to roll in ahead of their appearance in the semifinals of the Peach Belt Conference Tournament this weekend when juniors Nigel Grant and Brandon Watts were both decorated with all-league laurels.
Friday’s announcement marked the fifth-straight year that the Braves have sent at least one representative to the all-conference squad, and the third consecutive season that multiple student-athletes have earned the recognition. Six different players (eight total awards) have earned all-PBC accolades under the direction of head coach Ben Miller.
Grant, a product of The Bronx, N.Y., led the Black & Gold in scoring with 14.7 points per game (18th PBC), while also pulling down 6.3 rebounds an outing as well. The newcomer has played in all 29 games for the Black & Gold this season and has scored 10 or more points in 27 of those contests, including a quintet of 20+-point outings. A 28-game starter, Grant tallied a season-best 27 points in UNCP’s 117-102 victory over Barton on New Year’s Eve, while registering three double-double outings as well.
Watts, a three-year starter for the Braves, pulled in his first career all-conference award after averaging 13.1 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 1.3 blocks and 1.3 steals for the PBC regular season co-champions this season. Watts has scored 10 or more points in 19 outings this season, including a quartet of 20+-point outings. He has a pair of double-doubles to his credit in 2016-17, including a 15-point, 13-rebound (career high) performance in a road victory over Armstrong State last month. Watts has turned in three or more blocks on five occasions this season, while logging four or more assists three times.
The Braves (22-7) will continue their postseason run on Saturday when they face Lander (12-17) in the PBC Tournament semifinals inside Horne Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.