Burton Named CC Player of the Year, Funk Coach of the Year
Feb. 22, 2011
LANCASTER, PA - Johns Hopkins women's basketball senior Lyndsay Burton and head coach Nancy Funk have been honored as the Centennial Conference Player and Coach of the Year, respectively, as announced by the league office on Tuesday afternoon. Junior Chantel Mattiola joins Burton as a first team selection, while junior Stephanie Fong earns second team honors.
Burton becomes the fourth JHU women's basketball player to earn CC Player of the Year accolades and the first since Leslie Ritter in 1999. Other Blue Jays to have received the award were Angie Arnold (1998) and Julie Anderson (1997). Burton was a second team all-conference pick last season and a first team selection in 2008-09. The senior is averaging 14.7 points and 9.8 rebounds per game and leads the conference in field goal percentage at 51.7 percent. She has also totaled a team-high nine double-doubles this season.
Funk earns Centennial Coach of the Year honors after guiding the Blue Jays (20-4, 17-3 CC) to their first conference regular season crown since the 2003-04 season. Funk has now compiled an all-time record of 562-293 (.657), including a 436-204 (.681) mark at Johns Hopkins. She has produced 21 winnings seasons at JHU and has reached the 20-win plateau 11 times.
Mattiola earns all-conference accolades for the first time after being named to the first team along with Burton. Mattiola is averaging 11.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.7 steals per game. The junior ranks third in the conference in three-point field goals made at 2.04 per contest and fourth in both assists per game (3.5) and assist/turnover ratio (1.37). She is also shooting a stellar 92 percent (46-50) from the free throw line.
Fong, a second team pick, also earns all-conference honors for the first time. Fong is averaging 9.0 points, 3.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per contest this season. She currently leads the conference in three-point field goal percentage at 54 percent and is on pace to break the single-season conference mark in the category (47.6). Fong also ranks in the top-five in assists (3rd/3.7 apg), free throw percentage (3rd/82.8 pct) and steals (5th/2.1 spg). The junior was also named to the Conference Academic Honor Roll, which recognizes key performers who have at least a 3.40 cumulative grade point average.
JHU leads all conference teams with 19 All-Centennial First Team nods since 1994, followed by Muhlenberg (14), Swarthmore (12), Franklin & Marshall (11) and McDaniel (10).
The Blue Jays will host the Centennial Conference Tournament this weekend in Goldfarb Gym. Top-seeded Hopkins will face the winner of Wednesday's first round game between fourth-seeded Franklin & Marshall and fifth-seeded Ursinus. JHU will play in the second semifinal on Saturday, February 26 at 3 pm. The first semifinal featuring second-seeded Muhlenberg and third-seeded Gettysburg will tip at 1 pm.