Men's and Women's Basketball to Hold Awards Banquet April 14

Men's and Women's Basketball to Hold Awards Banquet April 14

The Youngstown State men's and women's basketball teams will be holding their end of the year awards banquet, Sunday, April 14, at 4 p.m. in the Chestnut Room of Kilcawley Center.

Fans can purchase tickets for $20. Please contact Jason Pacanowski in the basketball office at (330) 941-3712 or by email at jfpacanowski@ysu.edu. The deadline for purchasing tickets is Monday, April 8.

The two programs combined for 41 wins in 2012-13, the most since 1997-98 when the women won 28 games and the men won 20.

The women's program is coming off the best season in 15 years, posting a 23-10 overall record and a second-place mark of 11-5 in the Horizon League. The 23 wins are third most in school history and the most since the 1997-98 team won 28.

Senior Brandi Brown was named the Horizon League's Women's Basketball Player of the Year and became just the second player in school history to score 2,000 career points with 1,000 career rebounds.

Brown finished her career with 2,079 points, second all-time, and a school-record 1,239 rebounds and a list of accomplishments that cemented her as one of the top players in school history.

Freshman Shar'Rae Davis, who averaged 9.6 points and 4.3 assists per game, was named to the Horizon League All-Defensive Team.

The men's team finished with an 18-16 overall record, earned a berth to the program's first Division I postseason tournament and won its Division I first postseason tournament game with a 99-87 win over Oakland.

The Penguins, who posted consecutive winning seasons for the first time since 1983-84 and 1984-85, set the school's single-season scoring record with 2,426 points.  

Junior Kendrick Perry was named to the All-Horizon League and NABC All-District 12 First-Teams after ranking second in the league in scoring with 17.3 points per game. He was also a All-Defensive Team selection.

Senior Damian Eargle was named the Horizon League's Defensive Player of the Year after leading the league in blocks with 102 and blocks per game 3.2

Junior Kamren Belin was selected to the Horizon League's All-Newcomer Team after averaging 12.3 points per game against league foes.

Senior Blake Allen joined Perry and Eargle in the YSU 1,000-point club and became the school's all-time 3-point leader with 232 career 3-pointers made.