WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior Makenzie Mason (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) of The University of Scranton women's basketball team can add another honor to her long list of accomplishments for the 2018-19 season, as she was named the National Jesuit Women's Basketball Player of the Year on Friday.
The National Jesuit Player of the Year award honors two student-athletes, one man and one woman, who best display excellence on the basketball court while maintaining core values of Jesuit education: men and women for others who are committed to academic excellence, service, leadership and caring for the whole person.
Mason and the male recipent of the award, Markus Howard of Marquette were selected by a panel comprised of the six members of the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight (JBS) steering committee. The Association launched JBS in 2008 to bring greater awareness of Jesuit education and its shared mission through the more than 80 games played by men's and women's basketball teams every season.
Being awarded the National Jesuit Women's Player of the Year award bookends an incredible season for Mason and the rest of the Lady Royals, as the team finished fourth in both major polls after finishing 29-3 overall, winning their fourth straight Landmark Conference championship and qualify for their first NCAA Division III Final Four in 13 years last month.
One of just two players to start all 32 games for Scranton this winter, Mason led the Lady Royals in all major statistical categories. She averaged a team-high 14.0 points and 7.6 rebounds per game while also pacing Scranton with 100 assists, 53 blocks, and 28 steals.
One of the top shooters in the country, Mason posted a 52.3 field goal percentage while going 39.0 percent from three-point range and 83.1 percent from the free throw line.
Mason reached double-figures in scoring in 26 of Scranton's 32 games on the season and went over 20 points in four contests including a career-high 29 points in an 84-54 win over Moravian in the Landmark Conference semifinals.
She also posted reached double-figures in rebounding on nine occasions with a career-best 18 caroms in a 69-46 victory at Goucher in the Lady Royals' regular season finale.
Mason totaled nine double-doubles on the season including three in the postseason. She also reached double-figures in six of Scranton's seven playoff games.
The awarding of the National Jesuit Player of the Year award adds to the long list of accolades Mason collected this season. A D3hoops.com Second Team All-American pick, she was was also named both the D3hoops Mid-Atlantic and Landmark Conference Player of the Year at seasons end. She also collected D3hoops.com First Team All-Region honors, and was a Landmark Conference First Team selection, earning both accolades for the second straight campaign.
The JBS Steering Committee had six criteria for National Jesuit Basketball Player of the Year: national honors and recognition for academic and athletic accomplishments; conference honors and recognition for academic and athletic accomplishments; awareness brought to Jesuit higher education; on-court team success; exceptional individual performances; and prior selection as a National Jesuit Player of the Week, which Mason earned on Feb. 20.
To learn more about the Jesuit Basketball Spotlight program, please visit jesuitbasketball.com.