AMERICUS - Georgia Southwestern women's basketball team finish their 2013-14 season 9-17 overall and 4-15 in the Peach Belt Conference.
It was a good year of breaking through barriers for the Lady 'Canes. This is the fourth best season for the Lady 'Canes out of eight seasons in the NCAA-era.
The Lady 'Canes beat Fort Valley for the first time since the DII NCAA era. The Lady 'Canes also recorded their second wins against UNC Pembroke and Armstrong Atlantic over this year among other important wins.
The Lady 'Canes are currently ranked nationally fifth in steals per game. Out of the 26 games played, the Lady 'Canes had 325 steals. This averaged to be 12.5 steals per game.
Senior Shaniece Sheffield experienced a warm greeting as she played her last home game on February 22nd.With 16 seconds left on the clock, Sheffield checked out of the game with a big round of applause on Senior Day. In her final game at home, Sheffield added six points, four rebounds, and two steals while playing for 24 minutes. Sheffield was rewarded for her two years of hard work and dedication to the team after the final buzzer.
During the 2013-14 season, Sheffield played in all 26 games and started 17 of those. She averaged 6.7 points per game, shooting 55-162 from field goal range and 48-70 from the free throw line. Sheffield contributed 173 points, 52 rebounds, 35 assists and 53 steals. Sheffield is still ranked ninth in the Peach Belt Conference for most steals.
Shanedra Lockett added four double-doubles for the Lady 'Canes in her first season. Lockett, a junior, had a career and game high of 26 points against Francis Marion, on January 1st, she also matched her career high of eight free throws during this game. Lockett is ranked ninth in the PBC with a field goal shooting percentage of 50.9%.
Sophomore Danyelle Jones goes down in the record books for GSW as she currently holds Georgia Southwestern's single game individual record in assists. During the UNC Pembroke game, Jones recorded 10 assists. During the season, Jones matched her career high of 15 points during a game at Georgia College on December 7th. Jones played in all 26 games and started 14; she averaged 4.2 points per game. Jones finished the season with a team high of 79 assists.
Jasmine McSwain, a sophomore, played in 25 games and started 19 of those games. She missed this one game due to an injury from the past game. McSwain contributed about 11.1 points per game and 4.3 rebounds per game. McSwain recorded one double-double against Georgia College. McSwain also matched a season high of 17 points during two games, Armstrong Atlantic and Albany State.
Danisha Green was a steady point guard for the Lady 'Canes during the season. Green currently holds the most steals record for GSW in an individual game with eight steals during the Paine University game. Green achieved her season high of 18 points during the Northwood University game at the beginning of the season. Green's season was slowed down with a shoulder injury just before the Montevallo game in February. However she finished the last two games strong. Green had the second high in assists for GSW with 67.
Fellow juniors Tiara Thompson and Shatoria Hudson were forces to be reckoned with in the post for GSW. Thompson recorded a career high of 25 points against North Georgia and a high of nine rebounds against Converse College. Hudson recorded a career high of 11 rebounds against Lander and a high of 21 points against Francis Marion.
The Lady 'Canes expect great things from the freshman in coming years after playing an integral role off the bench. Sierra Barrino-Kennedy contributed a high of 13 points against USC Aiken and eight rebounds from North Georgia. Barrino-Kennedy had the second most blocks for the Lady 'Canes this season with 18. Alejandra Anderson, Kiana Griffin, Joedelle Dixon, Khabriyah Brown, and Tanyette Hill are all expected to come back and contribute big plays next season.
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