March 1, 2011

Baker Named First Team All A-Sun

BUIES CREEK, N.C.-Campbell sophomore Tonisha Baker has been named to the Atlantic Sun First Team All-Conference, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.

"I'm really excited for Tonisha because she has taken what she learned her first year here and become a complete, conscientious and dedicated player," said Lady Camel head coach Wanda Watkins. "She really came back after Christmas on a mission, willing to do anything she could to help this basketball team. I am so grateful that she has the respect of her peers and we're very excited for her to receive this honor."

The sophomore from High Point, N.C. leads Campbell at 11.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game this season, adding 2.7 assists and 1.2 steals an outing. She ranks in the A-Sun's top-20 in scoring (16th), rebounding (13th) and field goal percentage (5th), while recording 15 double figure scoring games.

Throughout the season, Baker has paced Campbell in scoring 10 times, rebounding six and assists on nine occasions.

Baker turned in a career performance in the Lady Camels' regular season finale at home against USC Upstate, notching a career-high 30 points on a blistering 12-for-15 rate from the floor, adding six rebounds and three assists in a 98-70 CU win.

That performance came on the heels of a near triple-double, where Baker posted 16 points, nine rebounds and a career-high of nine assists in Campbell's 60-57 win over East Tennessee State, the program's first in 12 games against the Buccaneers.

Baker was named A-Sun Player of the Week for her efforts in those two games, averaging 23.0 points, 7.5 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

The sophomore also posted highlight performances against North Florida (24 points, nine rebounds, four assists in an 80-73 double overtime win), Jacksonville (17 points, 13 rebounds for first career double-double in a 77-65 win) and at Florida Gulf Coast (18 points, seven rebounds).

Baker is the first Lady Camel to earn first team all-conference honors since current CU assistant coach Marlena Murphy in 2007. She is the fourth since Campbell joined the A-Sun prior to the 1994-95 season to ever collect the accolade. Felicia Autry (1996, 97, 98) and April Cromartie (2000, 01, 02) also received first team honors three times over their careers. Baker is the first CU sophomore to receive first team accolades since Cromartie in 2000.

The Lady Camels begin A-Sun Tournament play as the No. 3 seed on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in Macon, Ga., taking on No. 6 Belmont inside Mercer's University Center.

Atlantic Sun All-Conference Teams
Player of the Year
Chelsea McMillan, USC Upstate

Defensive Player of the Year
Larkira Jones, UNF

Freshman of the Year
Briana Williams, Mercer

Coach of the Year
Karl Smesko, FGCU

First Team
*Chelsea McMillan, USC Upstate
Tara Davis, ETSU
Brittany Kirkland, UNF
Shannon Murphy, FGCU
Tonisha Baker, Campbell
*Unanimous Selection

Second Team
Destiny Mitchell, ETSU
Victoria McGowan, Stetson
Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Jenna Bartsokas, Lipscomb
Tee'Ara Copney, USC Upstate
Briana Williams, Mercer
* A Tie in the voting resulted in a 6-player second team

All-Freshman Team
* Briana Williams, Mercer
* Destiny Mitchell, ETSU
Sarah Hansen, FGCU
Molly Ernst, Belmont
Sasha Sims, Stetson
*Unanimous Selection