Two former Southwest Florida girls basketball standouts were honored by their respective college conferences recently.
Dunbar graduate and Lamar University forward Kiara Desamours was named Freshman of the Year by the Southland Conference on Tuesday. Cape Coral graduate and Stetson University guard McKenna Beach was named Freshman of the Year by the Atlantic Sun on March 2.
Desamours led all Southland conference freshmen in scoring (10.9) and rebounding (7.0) over the season, yet she upgraded her play in conference action, averaging 13.3 points and 7.6 rebounds over 18 games, both tops among conference freshmen.
“There were a lot of expectations on Kiara when she came in, and she lived up to those expectations,” Lamar coach Robin Harmony told LamarCardinals.com. “Her ceiling is incredibly high. If she continues to work on her game and improve, she can accomplish great things.”
Beach, the Hatters’ starting point guard, averaged 7.4 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in conference play. In 28 games, she’s connected on 24 3-pointers and played over 750 minutes, adding 2.5 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Beach was the third Hatters player to be named freshman of the year. Stetson (18-10) will play FGCU on Wednesday at Alico Arena in the semifinals of the conference playoffs.
Desamours was the fifth Lamar women’s basketball player to be named conference freshman of the year. Lamar (11-18) opens up Southland Conference play on Thursday against Houston Baptist University.