SOMERSET, NJ – The Sacred Heart University women's basketball backcourt tandem of redshirt-junior guard Candice Leatherwood and freshman guard Adrianne Hagood rang in honors following the release of the 2017-18 Northeast Conference All-Conference Awards, announced by the league Monday morning. Leatherwood was named to Third-Team while Hagood was selected to the All-Rookie Team.
Leatherwood proved to be an integral force in the Pioneers' offense. The floor general slotted first on the team pouring 13.3 points per game which ranks top-ten in the NEC and was the frontrunner in dimes dishing 4.0 helpers a contest which ranks fourth.
Head coach Jessica Mannetti began. "Candice has done a tremendous job this year setting the pace for our team. She is a dynamic scorer, fierce competitor and has also evolved into a strong floor leader for us!"
Leatherwood spearheaded the Pioneers leading the pack in scoring eight times, registering a personal-best 26 points against Bryant (2/5), and has reached the 20-point mark on six different occasions this year. At the point, Leatherwood has matched her career-high eight assists twice and came up one short of mirroring her best clip four times.
"She has made a special impact in her first year at SHU." Mannetti continued. "The shy is the limit for her as she continues to grow."
As a Pioneer, the Detroit, Michigan transfer produced 345 points and 103 assists and has 535 tallies and 196 assists to her career.
Backcourt rookie Hagood showed promise early dropping 20 points in her collegiate debut against Harvard and matched that feat 10 games after. The Washington DC product registered double-figures in 11 outings and averages 8.8 on the season.
Mannetti stated. "Dri has been an exciting addition to our team this year! She is a natural scorer and has continued to improve every single day."
At her best, she has distributed three assists, recorded one swat three times, corralled two thefts, and has hauled six boards as a first-year. She was also assigned to starting tasks 11 times and has finished as the Pioneers' leading scorer four times.
Mannetti said. "She is an exciting player to coach as she readily accepts the challenges you put in front of her. I am thrilled for her to earn this achievement and am excited for what is to come."
The duo will compete as the no. 4 seed at tonight's NEC Tournament Quarterfinal and battle no. 5 Bryant at DeGol Arena at 8 p.m.