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Sheehan named Defensive Player of the Year

Two JB Hoops graduates and University of Scranton teammates, Emily Sheehan and Bridgette Mason, were honored when the Landmark Conference announced its postseason women’s basketball awards and all-star teams Wednesday.

Sheehan, a junior guard from Dunmore, was selected Defensive Player of the Year and as a second-team all-star.

Mann, a senior guard from Wallenpaupack, was named as a first-team all-star for the second straight year.

Sheehan is the leader of a defensive unit that has given up just 48.3 points per game, sixth-best nationally among National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III teams. The Lady Royals rank seventh in opposing field goal percentage at 30.7.

While also averaging 9.4 points per game, Sheehan leads the Lady Royals with 38 steals.

Last season’s conference Player of the Year, Mann was limited to 17 games so far this season because of injuries. She averaged 11.1 points in her 13 starts and led the Lady Royals with 45 made 3-pointers.

Scranton, which is ranked eighth nationally by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and ninth by, opens the NCAA Division III Tournament at home Friday. The Lady Royals are 27-2.

Like Mann and Mason, Elizabethtown junior Lydia Lawson, a Holy Redeemer graduate, is a repeat selection as a first-team, all-star.

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