March 7, 2014

Manigrasso, Williams and Guzman Earn All-SSC Honors

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Saint Leo University women's basketball standouts Teresa Manigrasso, Chelsea Williams and Chachi Guzman have been recognized by the Sunshine State Conference Conference's women's basketball coaches for their play during the 2013-14 season. Manigrasso was named to the All-SSC first team while Williams was tabbed a SSC second team selection. Guzman was named to the league's All-Newcomer team. The announcement was made on Friday morning from the conference office in Winter Park, Fla.

Barry senior Tyler Hardy was named Player of the Year, while Rollins' Emmalee Schill was named Defensive Player of the Year. Fellow Tar Tanaya Jones was named Freshman of the Year, and Tampa's Ellen Nurmi was named Newcomer of the Year. Spartan head coach Tom Jessee was named Coach of the Year.

Manigrasso, a senior guard from Atlantic Highlands, N.J. has been one of the Sunshine State Conference's top scorers all season. She is currently third in the SSC in scoring averaging 16.9 points per game, having seen action in 26 of the Lions' 27 games.  In addition, Manigrasso is tops in the conference in free throw shooting hitting 85.4 percent (76-for-89), and sixth in three-point shooting percentage shooting 38.3 percent (41-for-107) from behind the arc.

Manigrasso, who is coming off a career-high 34-point performance against Lynn in the SSC tournament first round on Wednesday, is also 11th in the conference in assists (2.9 apg) and 13th in steals (1.3 spg).

A senior forward from West Palm Beach, Williams has seen action in all 27 games for Saint Leo and is averaging 14.9 points per contest, good enough for fifth in the Sunshine State Conference, and is shooting 59.1 percent (139-for-235) from the field on the year.

Williams has also been a force on the defensive end of the floor averaging 0.9 blocked shots per game, which ranks her seventh in the league, and is 15th in rebounding, grabbing 6.1 missed shots per outing.

During the season, Williams poured in a career-high 30 points against Barry on Feb. 8 in a 90-88 win.

Guzman, a sophomore guard in her first season with the Lions after transferring from Kennesaw State, is currently third on the team in scoring averaging 8.2 points per game in 27 games for Saint Leo. In addition she is second in the conference in assists dishing out 5.7 per contest, third in free throw shooting hitting 83.5 percent (71-for-85) of her shots from the line, and 14th in steals (1.3 spg).

Earlier this season, Guzman recorded a double-double – and career highs – with a 22-point, 10-assist performance on Nov. 11 against Flagler.

The Lions, who are currently taking part in the Sunshine State Conference basketball tournament, will face Florida Tech tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the tournament quarterfinals.

For more on the Saint Leo women's basketball program, visit SaintLeoLions.com. Also, be sure to 'Like' the Lions on Facebook and 'Follow' Saint Leo Athletics on Twitter and Instagram. 

2013-14 ALL-SSC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM

FIRST TEAM
Tyler Hardy, Barry (Sr.)
Teresa Manigrasso, Saint Leo (Sr.)
Sarah Taylor, Rollins (Sr.)
Illyssa Vivo, Tampa (Sr.)
Kayk Wilson, Florida Tech (Jr.) 

Player of the Year – Tyler Hardy, Barry

Defensive Player of the Year – Emmalee Schill, Rollins

Newcomer of the Year – Ellen Nurmi, Tampa

Freshman of the Year – Tanaya Jones, Rollins

Coach of the Year – Tom Jessee, Tampa

SECOND TEAM
Taylor Buie, Nova Southeastern (So.)
Ellen Nurmi, Tampa (So.)
Jasmine Wilkins, Nova Southeastern (RJr.)
Chelsea Williams, Saint Leo (Sr.)
Shamika Williams, Tampa (Sr.) 

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Chachi Guzman, Saint Leo (So.)
Tayana Jones, Rollins (Fr.)
Taylor McVey, Tampa (So.)
Ellen Nurmi, Tampa (So.)
Kaylia Richardson, Barry (Jr.)