Payonk Slotted as Player of the Year; Mann, Roman, Woodruff Collect Honors on All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team

Payonk Slotted as Player of the Year; Mann, Roman, Woodruff Collect Honors on All-Mid-Atlantic Region Team
Sarah Payonk Bridgette Mann Trevor Woodruff Alexix Roman


Several members of the University of Scranton women's basketball team added some more hardware to the trophy case today, as named the 2015-16 All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams for women's basketball on Monday.

Leading the group was junior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring-Ford) who was named the All-Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year.

Elsewhere, head coach Trevor Woodruff was named the Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and freshman guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) was selected as the region's Rookie of the Year. On the All-Mid Atlantic Region team itself, Payonk and fellow junior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) were First Team selections.

For Payonk, this marks the second time this month that she has earned a Player of the Year award from an organization, as she was named the Landmark Conference's Player of the Year a few weeks back. Payonk is also the first Lady Royal to earn's Mid-Atlantic Player of the Year award since Taryn Mellody won it after the 2006-07 season.

Payonk ends the season with averaging 12.3 points per game, scoring in double figures in 23 of the 31 games Scranton played in on the season. Throughout the course of the year, Payonk posted two triple-doubles, had 12 double-doubles, and was one of the best passers of the ball in the entire country, ending the season ranked fifth in all of Division III in total assists (178).

Fellow forward Roman turned in a banner season for Scranton, leading the team in scoring with 18.6 points per contest, scoring in double-figures in all but two games on the year for the Lady Royals. Recording 11 double-doubles, Roman ends the season third in all of NCAA Division III in field goal percentage (66 percent) and sixth in field goals made (235).

Mann, who was also the Landmark's Rookie of the Year started all 31 games Scranton played in on the year and ran the offense at point the entire season, ending the year averaging 11.2 points per game after scoring in double-digits in 17 games. She also ended the year dishing out 107 assists, and nailed a team-best 47 three-pointers, as well.

Woodruff, who earned Landmark Coach of the Year Accolades, took the Scranton program to heights not seen in program history with their 30-0 start to the season.

In all, Woodruff, who was in his first season at the helm of the program in 2015-16, led the Lady Royals to their first 30-win season since he 1992-93 campaign and to their first appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament since the 2007-08 season.

On the court, Woodruff's Lady Royals finished second in the country in team field goal percentage (47.1), sixth in scoring margin (19.5), seventh in assists to turnover ratio (1.21), and 11th in final points (2,174), free throw shooting percentage (75.0), and scoring defense (50.6).

To view the full Mid-Atlantic Region Team for women's basketball, click here.