LANCASTER, Pa. – Alexa Barbush was named Centennial Conference (CC) Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-CC First Team that was announced on Tuesday. Allison Bauer and Megan Pauley both earned Honorable Mention. The team is voted on by the conference's coaches.
Barbush (Etters, Pa. / Trinity) became the fifth Franklin & Marshall player to receive CC Player of the Year honors. Sarah Meisenberg '09 won the award in 2008, Dana Johns '06 and Amy Abernathy '04 earned it in back-to-back years in '04 and '05, while Amy Kreitz '02 was F&M's first CC Player of the Year in 2001. The first team honor is the first for Barbush as she earned honorable mention accolades last year.
Barbush leads the Diplomats and is ranked second in the CC with 16.5 points per game, while leading the conference with 3.3 steals per game. She is also second all-time in steals for F&M with a total of 261. Barbush has reached double-figures 17 times this season, including six 20-plus point performances. The junior guard is four points shy of 1,000 points and would be the 13th Diplomat to achieve this accomplishment.
Bauer (Lancaster, Pa. / Conestoga Valley) picks up her first postseason honor from the conference. She ranks third in the CC in three-point shooting percentage at 39.4 percent and is eighth in F&M history with 80 treys. Bauer has scored in double-figures on nine occasions this season with one 20-plus performance. Her career-high 23 points in the Immaculata game highlighted the senior this season.
Pauley (Audubon, Pa. / Agnes Irwin School) received Honorable Mention for the second year in a row. She put together eight double-digit performances with one 20-plus game, two double-figure rebounding performances, and one double-double on the year. Pauley leads the Diplomats with 2.7 assists per game and ranks second on the team in rebounds with an average of 7.6 per game. She garnered her career-high in rebounds against Randolph-Macon, grabbing 18 boards. Her season-high points came against Muhlenberg when the senior scored 20 points.
The Diplomats now have the third most first-team selections with 12.
F&M is the second seed for the CC playoffs this weekend, the Diplomats play Muhlenberg at Johns Hopkins on Friday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m.