|Atwell named first-team all-SCAC
RELEASED: March 13, 2003
DANVILLE, KYCentre College guard Jason Atwell has received first-team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference honors.
Atwell is a 6-foot-6, 175-pound junior from Harrodsburg, Ky. He led the team in scoring with an average on 14.3 points per game and shot 39 percent from three-point range.
Atwell was the leading scorer for the Colonels in nine of the 27 games he played. He was also third on the team in assists with 56. In the SCAC, Atwell finished eighth overall in scoring and fourth overall in three-point field-goal percentage.
Head coach Greg Mason is glad to have the perimeter threat back for another season in 2003-04.
"Jason is a phenomenal shooter, with the ability to create shots for himself and his teammates. He's a versatile player for us, playing both point and shooting guard, and he always draws the opposing team's best defender."
Rob King, a 6-6 junior forward from Louisville, was named honorable mention in the conference. King led the team in rebounds with 193 and was fifth overall in the SCAC. He was also fourth overall in the SCAC in steals with 44. King was second in the SCAC in blocked shots with 46 and second in defensive rebounds with a 5.41 average per game.
The Colonels ended the season with an 18-9 record and finished second in the SCAC Tournament.
In women's basketball, seniors Beth Johnson of Frankfort and Jennifer Patterson of Louisville were named to the all-SCAC second team.
Johnson, a 5-9 senior forward, averaged 10 points a game for the Colonels and led the conference in three-point shooting (44.4 percent). She ranked seventh in the conference in three-point field goals made (36) and sixth in blocked shots (20). Johnson also tied the school record for most three-pointers made in a game with six in only 23 minutes of action.
Johnson ended her career with a bang scoring more than 1,000 points (1,021). She now ranks 10th in all-time career scoring for the Lady Colonels.
Patterson, a 6-0 senior post player, led the conference in field-goal percentage at 58.1 and ranked fourth in free-throw percentage at 79.8. She also was ninth in rebounding with an average of 6.5 per game.
Patterson is the SCAC's all-time leader in field-goal percentage for a career with a mark of 59.1. As a sophomore Patterson led the conference in field-goal and free-throw percentage, becoming the only player to accomplish this in SCAC history. She is a district academic All-American and finished her career with 1,229 points, good enough for fourth place on Centre's all-time scoring list.
"Beth and Jennifer have both been players who could dominate a game for us the past four years," said head coach Jennifer Ruff. "They both are great shooters and have helped us win a lot of games during their careers. Obviously, they're well deserving of this honor and are certainly two of the best players in the SCAC."
Making honorable mention at the point guard was Amy Barlow (Liberty, Ky.). Barlow led the conference in assists and free-throw percentage.
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