|Makenzie Mason||Bridgette Mann||Emily Sheehan||Sofia Recupero|
University of Scranton junior forward Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) was named the 2018-19 Landmark Conference Player of the Year, while fellow junior Emily Sheehan (Dunmore, Pa./Dunmore) was named the conference's Defensive Player of the Year, as the Landmark announced the All-Conference teams for the 2018-19 season on Wednesday.
In all, Scranton had four players selected to the All-Landmark Teams. Earning First Team honors were Mason and senior guard Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack), while Sheehan and fellow junior Sofia Recupero (Whitestone, N.Y./St. Francis Prep) nabbed Second Team accolades.
For the full release from the Landmark Conference, click here.
Mason, who was an All-Landmark First Team pick last season, becomes the eighth Lady Royal in program history to win the Landmark's Player of the Year award. It also marks the fourth time in the last five seasons a Scranton player has won the award, and the second straight campaign a Lady Royal has captured it (Mann won the award last season).
Overall for the year, Mason has led the Lady Royals both in scoring and rebounding most of the season, averaging 13.9 points per game and 7.5 rebounds a contest. Starting all 27 games at forward, she has scored in double-figures 22 times throughout the year.
Registering eight double-doubles throughout the course of the season, Mason's best scoring performance of the year (and her career) came in Scranton's 84-54 win over Moravian in the Landmark semifinals, where she poured in 29 points to lead the way. Throughout the course of the year, Mason was named the Landmark's Athlete of the Week once, and earned National Jesuit Player of the Week honors (Feb. 20), as well.
Despite only playing in 17 games throughout the year after nursing injuries, Mann earned a spot on the All-Landmark First Team for the second straight season and on an All-Landmark team for the third time in her stellar four year career at Scranton.
In 2018-19, Mann averaging 11.1 points a game in 13 starts, scoring in double-figures nine times. Nailing a team-best 45 three's, her best performance of the year came against Elizabethtown on Jan. 5, as she poured in 28 points in a road victory. She also knocked down a trio of three-pointers in the Lady Royals' convincing 68-48 Landmark Conference championship game win over the Blue Jays this past Sunday, finishing the game with 11 points.
Sheehan, who earned a spot on the All-Landmark Conference team for the first time in her career, justifiably earns the Landmark's Defensive Player of the Year award after leading a defensive unit that has been stellar the entire season.
Averaging 9.4 points a game in 27 starts, Sheehan has scored in double-figures in 13 games. On the defensive end, she leads the team in steals with 38 and has been a catalyst for a unit that has allowed just 48.3 points a game, the best mark in the Landmark and the sixth best in all of NCAA Division III. The Scranton defense has also allowed opponents to shoot just 30.7 percent from the floor on the year (seventh best nationally), and to 50 points or under in 17 games throughout the course of the year.
Rounding out the All-Landmark selections is Recupero, who also earns the honor from the Landmark for the first time in her career, as well. Averaging 10.6 points a game, while pulling down 6.5 'boards a contest, Recupero scored in double-figures 13 times throughout the season for the Lady Royals.
But, she saved one of the best performances of her career for the right moment, as she scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds in Scranton's Landmark Conference title win over Elizabethtown on Sunday. For her efforts, she was named the Landmark Conference championship MVP, leading the Lady Royals to their fourth straight Landmark title in the process.
Scranton, who finished the year 25-2 overall and ranked in the top ten in both the D3Hoops.com (9th) and WBCA (8th) Top 25 polls, open the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament on Friday evening, as they host New England College in a First Round match-up inside the John Long Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.