Clarksville, Ark.-Three U of O women's basketball players and two men's basketball players received conference honors, which were voted upon by the league's 16 head coaches and announced by the league office on Monday.
Junior guard Brent Johnson and sophomore post Mandi Carter were both named to the American Southwest Conference All-East Division first team. Senior forward Jenna Corbell was named to the All-East division second team and post Mike Taylor was named East Division Co-Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-East division freshman team. Senior guard Tiffany Villines was named honorable mention All-East division. Johnson of Ozark finished thirteenth in the conference in scoring (15.4), seventh in steals (2.05) and eighth in three-pointers (48). Johnson, 6-1, led the squad in scoring in 10 games and scored 20 or more points in seven games. He led the team in scoring, steals, three-pointers, free throws (66) and was third in rebounding (4.5). He earned ASC East Division Player of the Week honors once this season. Johnson’s best game of the season came against LeTourneau when he hit 6-of-11 three-pointers and scored 24 points in a 85-74 victory. He was named an Honorable Mention All-East performer his sophomore season. Taylor of Edmond, Oklahoma, started in 19 games and finished fourth on the team in scoring (8.8) and fifth in rebounding (4.2) while shooting 50 percent from the field. Taylor, 6-5, shot 74 percent from the free throw line. Taylor’s most productive game of the season came against Austin College when he scored 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor and grabbed 5 rebounds. "I think their honors are very impressive considering that both players were coming off ACL injuries," said head coach Matt O’Connor. "They made very strong recoveries and I think it speaks volumes about their work ethic and commitment. Brent helped us in many areas this season and Mike provided some solid post scoring and rebounding for us. Both played their best against conference opponents and each took on a bigger role on the offensive end in those games." Carter of Clarksville finished seventh in the conference in scoring (16.0), fourth in rebounding (8.5) and thirteenth in field goal percentage (49%). Carter, 6-1, led the Lady Eagles in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage and blocked shots (.64) and finished second in steals (1.1). Carter led the squad in scoring in 16 games this season and recorded eight double-doubles. Carter’s best game of the season came against UT-Tyler when she scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. She was named to the All-East Division second team last season. Corbell of Ashdown finished fifteenth in the conference in scoring (12.9). Corbell, 5-10, was second on the team in scoring, rebounding (6.0) and field goal percentage (48%). Corbell’s best game of the season came in her final game of her career against UT-Dallas when she scored 24 points on 10-of-19 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds. Corbell was named to the All-ASC team and All-East division first team last season. She ends her career with 1,163 points and 607 rebounds, placing her eighth in career scoring and ninth in career rebounding at Ozarks. Villines of Compton ranked thirteenth in the conference in assists (3.2) while averaging 6.2 points per game. Villines, 5-4, led the team in assists and three-pointers (29). Villines’ most productive game of the year came against Sul Ross when she hit 5-of-10 from the three-point line and scored 17 points. "I’m real pleased that our players were given conference honors and I thought each were deserving of them," said head coach Jack Jones. "Mandi is such a presence on the inside," said Jones. "She had the height and athletic ability to dominate games and she was our go to player this season. She had a successful year and is a great foundation to build around for the next couple years. Her work ethic is great and she is very coachable so I couldn’t ask for anything better in our program. Jenna was not at full strength for a big part of the season. But she was still a productive player for us this season. She had a tremendous career here and is a player that will truly be missed. Tiffany showed a lot of leadership and picked up her scoring this season. She is also a great defensive player and we will have to have someone fill her shoes next season. " The Lady Eagles (10-15, 6-8) finished fourth in the conference and the Eagles (11-14, 8-6) finished third in the conference.