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Calhoun Named VaSID All-State Rookie of the Year

Calhoun Named VaSID All-State Rookie of the Year

WINCHESTER, Va. – Mary Baldwin University women's basketball player Leah Calhoun has added to her collection of awards as she was named the 2018-19 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) College Division All-State Rookie of the Year, which was announced by the organization on Thursday.

Calhoun, a freshman guard from Churchville, Virginia, received Rookie of the Year honors and claimed a spot on the all-state second team. She adds to her USA South Rookie of the Year and first team All-East selection from this winter. 

This season, Calhoun led the team with 17.3 points per game, which ranked second in the conference and stands as the second-best season average in team history. She also led the Fighting Squirrels with 7.7 rebounds per game. In addition, Calhoun finished fourth in the USA South with 58 total steals, or 2.1 per game. She totaled at least 20 points in eight games, including three 30-point performances and a season-high of 37, and ended the year with six double-doubles.

Calhoun assisted the Fighting Squirrels to one of its best years in recent team history surging MBU to a 17-10 record, which was a 15-win turnaround from the 2017-18 season, and is the most wins in a season since 2004. The team's 10 USA South victories are the best in program history. The Fighting Squirrels also advanced and hosted a USA South Tournament for the first time, defeating N.C. Wesleyan 114-108 in OT.

Katie Garrish of Southern Virginia claimed Player of the Year accolades from VaSID a year removed from winning Rookie of the Year honors. Bill Broderick closed out the yearly awards from the organization as he was recognized as Coach of the Year.

Joining Calhoun on the all-state list from the USA South is Brooke Carthon of Averett who also grabbed a second-team nod.

Calhoun is the first Fighting Squirrel to be named to the VaSID College Division All-State tam since Katrina Scruggs received an honorable mention in 2005.

The VaSID All-State teams are selected by sports information directors of member institutions of the Virginia Sports Information Directors across the Commonwealth of Virginia. VaSID, founded in 1983, selects teams in two divisions (University and College) for 12 sports and three single-division teams in addition to Academic All-State teams across all sports.