HIGH POINT, N.C. - Limestone College's women's basketball player Jasmine Kearse has been named the Conference Carolinas Female Athlete of the Year for 2016-17, the Conference announced today. The award marks the third straight year a Limestone athlete has won the award and fifth time over the seven years.
Kearse, a guard from St. Augustine, Fla., capped her outstanding Saint career by winning the Female Athlete of the Year award for the second straight season.
Kearse was named the 2016-17 Women's Division II Bulletin Preseason Player of the Year to begin her senior season, which finished with the sharp-shooter winning her second straight Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Player of the Year award. Kearse was also named to a pair of All America teams after guiding the Saints to their sixth straight regular season title. A year after breaking the program's single-season scoring record, she broke the single-season assist record with 189 dimes during her senior year.
Kearse, who ranked 11th nationally with 5.9 assists per game during the 2016-17 campaign, graduated as the program's all-time leader in points, assists, three-pointers, game played, and games started while ranking third in team history in steals. She posted 16.5 points per game in leading the Blue and Gold to its sixth straight NCAA Women's Basketball Championship appearance.
Jasmine Kearse 2016-17 Accolades:
- 2016-17 Women's Division II Bulletin Preseason Player of the Year
- 2016-17 Women's Division II Bulletin Super 16 Preseason All-America
- 2016-17 Women's Division II Bulletin Third Team All America
- 2016-17 HERO Sports Preseason First Team All-America
- 2016-17 HERO Sports Second Team All-America
- 2016-17 D2CCA First Team All-Southeast Region
- 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Women's Basketball Championship Tourney Team
- 2016-17 Conference Carolinas Player of the Year
- 2016-17 First-Team All-Conference Carolinas
- 5x Conference Carolinas Player of the Week
Conference Carolinas Female Athlete of the Year Winners
2016-17 Jasmine Kearse, Limestone
2015-16 Jasmine Kearse, Limestone
2014-15 Alicia Brookins, Limestone
2013-14 Nyeshea Willie, Barton
2012-13 Kay Schellenberg, Belmont Abbey
2011-12 Ashley Alderin-Fleagle, Limestone
2010-11 Racquel Prager, Limestone
2009-10 Tanya Zeferjahn, Queens
2008-09 Lauryn Wise, Limestone
2007-08 Samantha Mitchell, Mount Olive
Carolinas-Virginia Athletics Conference
2006-07 Deidra Langston, Anderson
2005-06 Keauna Vinson, Barton
2004-05 LaShonda Chiles, Anderson
2003-04 Tina Gonsalves, St. Andrews
2002-03 Jennifer Potts, Longwood
2001-02 Shemkia Reid, Barton
2000-01 Jen Calderwood, Lees-McRae
1999-00 Angela Placona, Belmont Abbey
1998-99 Missy Paterson, Coker
1997-98 Missy Paterson, Coker
1996-97 Missy Paterson, Coker
1995-96 Staci Albright, Coker
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University. Emmanuel College is currently completing the NCAA Membership Process and will be fully competing in league championships in the near future.