Editor's note: Corrects Scranton's NCAA first-round opponent in the final paragraph.
The University of Scranton women's basketball team was well-represented among the Landmark Conference's year-end awards which were announced on Wednesday morning. Junior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) was honored as the Landmark Conference Player of the Year while head coach Trevor Woodruff was named the league's coach of the Year to highlight Scranton's award recipients.
Mann was also a First Team All-Landmark Conference selection and was joined on the First Team by sophomore guard Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) while senior forward Katie Feehery (Media, Pa./Cardinal O'Hara) captured Second Team All-Conference honors.
Mann is the fifth Lady Royal to collect Landmark Conference Player of the Year honors, joining Kathellen Daly (2007-08), Megan Kopecki (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11) and Meredith Mesaris (2014-15), and Sarah Payonk (2015-16). Mann also captured First Team All-Landmark Conference accolades a year after being a Second Team Selection and two seasons after being named the conference's Rookie of the Year.
Entering the NCAA Tournament, Mann leads Scranton in scoring with 15.7 points per game, which ranked second in the Landmark Conference. She also led the league in three-point field goals percentage at 40.7 percent and also sits atop the league and ninth in the nation in free throw shooting at 89.0 percent. Mann, who was named the Landmark Conference Championship MVP and was a three-time Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week selection this year, has also dished out a team-leading 88 assists. She scored a career-high 34 points in a win over Drew on February 8 and has netted at least 20 points in seven games this season.
Mason captured First Team All-Landmark Conference accolades during a breakout sophomore season for the Lady Royals in which she excelled in all aspects of the game. She enters the NCAA Tournament ranked second on the team in scoring (9.7 ppg), rebounding (6.3 rpg), assists (83), blocks (26), and steals (20). Mason, who was named the Landmark Conference Athlete of the Week on January 29, has connected on 51.9 percent of her field goal attempts this season including a 38.3 percent clip from three-point range while converting 85.2 percent of her free throw attempts. She also ranks second in the Landmark Conference in assist turnover ratio at 1.89.
Feehery garnered Second Team All-Landmark Conference laurels during an outstanding senior campaign in which she has been a vital contributor at both ends of the court for the Lady Royals. She currently leads Scranton in rebounding with 6.9 rebounds per game, good for seventh in the Landmark Conference, and is also the team leader in blocks with 38 which is fifth best in the league. Feehery is also shooting a Landmark Conference-best 55.6 percent from the field this season and ranks third on Scranton's scoring chart with 8.7 points per game. Feehery was also named a co-recipient of the Dr. Harold Davis Award, present annually to the Lady Royals' most valuable senior.
Woodruff, who is in his third year as head coach of the Lady Royals, captured Landmark Conference Coach of the Year honors for the second time since coming to Scranton. Despite losing All-Americans Sarah Payonk and Alexix Roman to graduation and being picked third in the Landmark Conference preseason poll, Woodruff led Scranton to its third straight Landmark Conference championship and a 26-1 record entering the NCAA Tournament. The Lady Royals, who are currently on a 21-game winning streak, went 13-1 in Landmark Conference play to earn the top seed in the league's postseason tournament under the leadership of Woodruff, who is assisted by Taylor Coleman and Canio Cianci.
The Lady Royals will host the First and Second Round of the 2017-18 NCAA Division III Tournament inside the John Long Center beginning on Friday, where they will take on Keuka in the First Round. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.