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Five Pioneer seniors named to All-Southeast Regional team

Five Pioneer seniors named to All-Southeast Regional team

GREENWOOD, S.C. --- Five members of the Tusculum University women's basketball team were selected to the NCAA Southeast Region All-Tournament team, following the cancellation of the tournament by the NCAA.

Tournament organizers chose to honor the 24 seniors who were members of the eight teams in the regional after the games were called off by the NCAA.

Representing Tusculum were guard Mia Long, guard Sydney Wilson, forward Kasey Johnson, forward Jasmine Williams and forward Torry Patton. Together, they led the Pioneers to a 24-7 record and their first South Atlantic Conference Championship tournament title since 2011. Tusculum would have made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2012.

Long was named first-team All-SAC after leading the conference in steals per game for the second straight season (3.61) and sharing the team lead in scoring at 14.4 points per game. The Ann Arbor, Michigan native ranks second in Division II in both steals per game and in total steals (112), and she broke a 28-year-old school record for steals in a single season. Long was named Most Valuable Player of the SAC Championship tournament after averaging 15.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 4.3 steals in three Tusculum wins.

Long finished her Tusculum career ranked 16th on the all-time scoring list with 1,077 points, eighth in assists (314), tenth in scoring average (12.7 ppg), third in steals (288), ninth in made free throws (250) and fifth in free-throw attempts (458) in just three seasons with the Pioneers.

Wilson was averaging 14.4 points per game when she was lost for the season on Jan. 25 due to a knee injury. Wilson scored in double figures 10 times in 14 games, including a career-high 28 against UVa-Wise on Dec. 18. The Greensboro, North Carolina native drilled 26 three-pointers and led the team with an average of 1.9 threes per game.

Wilson ended her career ranked 18th in program history with 1,057 points and fifth in career three-pointers with 140. Wilson averaged 11.6 points in 91 career games, and added 2.5 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.6 steals per contest for her Tusculum career.

Johnson was named honorable mention All-SAC for the third time in her career after starting all 31 games and averaging 11.1 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Johnson ranked sixth in the conference in foul shooting at 81.3 percent and scored 20 or more points six times, including a career-best 34 points at Lenoir-Rhyne on Jan. 29. The Greensboro, North Carolina native was named to the SAC All-Tournament team after averaging 16.7 points per game and shooting 45 percent (9-for-20) from three-point range.

For her career, Johnson ranks 11th in program history with 1,267 points and seventh with 666 rebounds. Johnson, who averaged 12.4 points and 6.5 rebounds in 102 career games, is tenth all-time at Tusculum in field goals made with 476, eighth in three-pointers with 109, fourth in three-point percentage at 40.7 percent and eighth in blocked shots with 70.

Williams played all 31 games off the bench and averaged 2.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game, while ranking 12th in the SAC in blocked shots at 0.9 per game. She scored a season-high 19 points against Mars Hill on Feb. 12, and had two or more blocked shots in eight games. The Morristown, Tennessee native averaged 3.0 points and 3.1 rebounds in 92 career games, and ranks seventh in program history with 88 career blocked shots.

Patton did not play during the 2019-20 season, and the Nashville, Tennessee native finished with 4.1 points and 5.4 rebounds in 32 career games, which included 27 starts during the 2017-18 season.

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