NORFOLK, Va. Hampton junior guard Malia Tate-DeFreitas was named the 2016 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Year, the conference announced today.Delaware State’s NaJai Pollard was selected as the Rookie of the Year, whileKailyn Williams from Bethune-Cookman earned the Defensive Player of the Year honor. Bethune-Cookman Head Coach Vanessa Blair-Lewis was selected the MEAC Coach of the Year.
All awards are voted on by the conference’s head women’s basketball coaches and sports information directors.
Tate-DeFreitas led the conference in scoring, averaging 21.4 points and was second in steals per game (2.6), after starting in all 29 games for the Lady Pirates. She ranked 7thnationally in field goal attempts and 18th in points per game. Tate-DeFreitas notched a triple-double of 13 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists against Bethune-Cookman. She also recorded five 30-point games this season. A six-time MEAC Player of the Week and the MEAC Preseason Player of the Year, Tate-DeFreitas totaled 205 rebounds, 77 assists and 76 steals.

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First Team
Name
Pos.
Cl.
School
Hometown
Malia Tate-DeFreitas
G
Jr.
Hampton
Harrisburg, Pa.
Khadejra Young
G
Sr.
Florida A&M
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Moengaroa Subritzky
G/F
r-So.
Maryland Eastern Shore
Auckland, New Zealand
Victoria Gonzales
F
Sr.
Howard
Atlanta, Ga.
Kailyn Williams
C
r-Jr.
Bethune-Cookman
New Orleans, La.
Second Team
Name
Pos.
Cl.
School
Hometown
Kendra Cooper
G
Jr.
Bethune-Cookman
Spring, Texas
Braennan Farrar
G
So.
Morgan State
St. Louis, Mo.
Sydni Johnson
G/F
Jr.
Howard
Homewood, Ill.
Olivia Antilla
F
Sr.
Florida A&M
Minneapolis, Minn.
Aprill McRae
C
Gr.
North Carolina A&T State
Raleigh, N.C.
Third Team
Name
Pos.
Cl.
School
Hometown
Dana Brown
G
r-Jr.
North Carolina A&T State
Willow Springs, N.C.
Jasmine Knowles
G
r-Sr.
Bethune-Cookman
Romulus, Mich.
Taylor Houston
G/F
r-Jr.
Bethune-Cookman
Raleigh, N.C.
Kaylah Lupoe*
F
So.
Hampton
Phoenix, Ariz.
Janelle Lane*
F
Sr.
Coppin State
Baltimore, Md.
Tiyonda Davis
C
Jr.
Savannah State
Athens, Ga.
*Denotes Tie
All-Rookie Team
Name
Pos.
Cl.
School
Hometown
Ciani Byrom
G
Fr.
Maryland Eastern Shore
Winston-Salem, N.C.
K’lynn Willis
G
Fr.
Hampton
Detroit, Mich.
NaJai Pollard
F
Fr.
Delaware State
Richmond, Va.
Angel Golden
G
Fr.
Bethune-Cookman
Tampa, Fla.
Yazmen Hannah
G
Fr.
Norfolk State
Hickory, N.C.
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