SEWANEE, Tenn. - Junior guard Bella Taylor has been selected to the Second Team of the All-South Region, announced by D3hoops.Com on Tuesday.
A two-time All-Southern Athletic Association First Team member and three-time All-Conference selection, Taylor becomes the first Sewanee student-athlete named to the region team in the organization's 17-year history of offering the award.
Taylor was a strong contributor to the Sewanee program in 2018. She became the 14th Sewanee women's basketball player to hit the 1,000-point mark in her career on Dec. 29 against Wooster (Ohio).
Leading the conference in scoring with 21 per game, the junior is ranked 14th nationally, tied for third regionally in the category, and she is 18th nationally, third regionally in total points (526).
The Sparta, Tenn. native surpassed her own school record of 505 that she set a year ago. Taylor set another record for the Sewanee program that was 37 years old, points in a game. At Berry on Jan. 14, she scored 40 points in the contest, breaking the previous record of 37 set in 1981.
The 2018 All-SAA First Team representative is ranked in the top 40 nationally in field goals made (184, 6th regionally) and free throws made (126, 9th regionally). She finished with an 80.3 free throw percentage, and led the league in assists (3.8).
Sewanee finished 10-15 in the 2018 campaign under first year head coach Tracey Braden.
Braden on Taylor: Bella's basketball instincts and her ability to score in a variety of ways makes her a special player. She had a remarkable year! This recognition and honor is well-deserved!
Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. There were more than 680 players nominated nationwide. The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for a predetermined number of players in their region.