Brown, Whitman Named Players of the Year
Two Occidental guards, junior Brianne Brown and senior Connor Whitman, were selected as the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year in women’s and men’s basketball.
Brown, a biology major from Rancho Palos Verdes, and Whitman, an economics major from Los Angeles, led their teams to SCIAC championships this spring – the first time since 1980 that both the men’s and women’s teams won conference crowns. The nationally ranked men’s team plays Pomona-Pitzer in the first round of the NCAA Division III playoffs on Thursday, March 6 in Occidental’s Rush Gymnasium.
Brown, twice SCIAC Athlete of the Week, appears in the Top 10 in nearly every statistical category. She led the conference in scoring (18.3 pg), defensive rebounding (6.23 pg) and three-point field goal percentage (51.6). Brown was second in steals per game (2.85) and tied for second with 9.5 rebounds per game. She was third with a 1.48 assist/turnover ratio, fourth with a 54.6 field goal percentage and 3.08 assists per game while ranking fifth in offensive rebounding per game (3.31), sixth in blocked shots (1.08 pg) and tenth in both free throw percentage (73.3) and three-pointers made (1.23 pg).
Whitman, also twice named SCIAC Athlete of the Week, led all conference players with 18.3 ppg, an 86.0 free throw percentage and three-pointers-made (94) and three-pointer percentage (46.1). Whitman also finished the season with 45 steals, 59 assists and 4.3 rebounds per game. He had a career game this season against Illinois Wesleyan scoring 37 points, including eight three-pointers.
Joining Brown and Whitman with All-SCIAC honors were senior guard Stacie Roshon, a sociology major from Eagle Point, Ore., and Stephanie Babij, an undeclared frosh from Ontario, Ore., who were named to the women’s First Team All-SCIAC. During last Saturday’s SCIAC Tournament Championship game, Roshon broke the Occidental record for career points, finishing with 1,533. Junior guard Huston Conti, a diplomacy and world affairs major from Seattle, earned Second Team All-SCIAC recognition for the men.