Junior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added another honor to her shelf for the 2018-19 season on Monday, as the guard was named the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year. Mason also earned First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Region honors, as well.
Mason, the 2018-19 Landmark Conference Player of the Year, becomes the third Lady Royal to win the D3hoops.com Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year award in the last four years and is the second straight selection for the program, as senior Bridgette Mann (Canadensis, Pa./Wallenpaupack) captured the award last year. Sarah Payonk was the recipient of the award after the 2015-16 season.
For Mason, who was a D3hoops.com All-Region Second Team selection last year, the honor from D3hoops.com continues an incredible season for both the junior guard and the Lady Royals, who advanced to the upcoming Final Four in Salem, Va. with a 44-40 win over Tufts on Saturday in a the Quarterfinals of the 2019 NCAA Tournament in the Long Center.
On the year, Mason is averaging 13.9 points a game and 7.6 rebounds a contest, leading the Lady Royals in both categories. Starting in all 31 games at guard for Scranton, Mason has gone into double-figures in the scoring column 25 times throughout the course of the year, putting together her best game against Moravian in the Landmark Conference Semifinals on Feb. 21, where she poured in a career-high 29 points in a Scranton win.
Also, Mason has notched 10 double-doubles throughout the course of the year, her last coming in Scranton's thrilling 57-56 win over Christopher Newport in the Third Round of the NCAA Tournament this past Friday (18 points, 10 rebounds).
The junior also led the Royals in the scoring column in their come-from-behind win over Tufts on Saturday, as she scored 14 points and collected seven rebounds. Mason made a critical three-pointer with 2:48 left that cut Tufts' lead to two points (40-38), then nailed two free throws with five seconds left that put the Lady Royals up for good at 44-40.
For more on the 2018-19 D3hoops.com All-Region selections for women's basketball, click here.
Scranton, who is now 29-2 on the year, take on top-ranked Thomas More in the National Semifinals on Friday evening in Salem. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. in the Cregger Center on the campus of Roanoke College.
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