Four Redhawks basketball student-athletes earned All-OVC end of year honors this season, the league announced earlier this week. Denzel Mahoney and Ledarrius Brewer collected accolades for the men, while Adrianna Murphy and Tesia Thompson earned honors for the women.
Redhawk sophomore guard Denzel Mahoney was named First-Team All-Ohio Valley Conference. A native of Oviedo, Florida, Mahoney ranked second in the OVC in scoring with 19.3 points per game in 31 starts this season. Mahoney, who earned Second-Team All-OVC honors and was the league's Freshman of the Year in 2016-17, is the eighth First-Team All-OVC selection in school history. Additionally, Southeast had a player claim First-Team All-OVC accolades for the second-straight season, marking the first time in program history the Redhawks had a First-Team All-OVC pick in back-to-back years.
Meanwhile, freshman guard Ledarrius Brewer was named to the league's All-Newcomer Team. Brewer, who hails from Meridian, Mississippi, had a big rookie season. He averaged 14.5 points per game in 31 games and 27 starts as the Redhawks second-leading scorer, which also ranked 14th in the OVC. Brewer led the team with 71 three-pointers made, helping Southeast break a single-season school record with 289 made threes.
On the women’s side, junior guard Adrianna Murphy was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year. The Fishers, Ind. native led the OVC in steals this season at 3.2 steals per game, also good for 19th in the nation. Murphy also sits at second on the team in rebounds at 5.2 per game, despite being only 5’ 3”. This marks the first time in program history a Redhawk has been honored as OVC Defensive of the Year.
And finally, freshman guard Tesia Thompson was named OVC Freshman of the Year, along with being named to the All-OVC Second Team and All-Newcomer Team.
Thompson ended the season eighth in the OVC in points per game, first among freshman. Her field goal percentage also ranked 12th in the conference. Over the course of the season, the Memphis native scored in double digits a team high 22 times, including four 20 point performances. She had two double-doubles on the year.
This is the first time in program history a Redhawk women’s basketball student-athlete has been honored as OVC Freshman of the Year.
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