RICHMOND, Virginia – A trio of UNCW student-athletes, including redshirt senior guard Shrita Parker, redshirt junior guard GiGi Smith and junior guard Lacey Suggs, has been recognized by the Colonial Athletic Association’s coaches following outstanding performances during the 2018-19 women’s basketball regular season.
The league announced its all-conference teams and major award winners Tuesday on the eve of the CAA Women’s Basketball Championship in Newark, Del.
The Seahawks, who authored an 18-11 record during the regular season, will face Northeastern in a CAA quarterfinal game at the Bob Carpenter Center on Thursday, Mar. 14, at 7:30 p.m.
Parker joined Smith on the All-CAA Second Team, while Suggs garnered a spot on the Third Team, marking the first time in program history the Seahawks have had three all-league selections in the same year.
A 5-7 guard from Virginia Beach, Va., Parker has started 23-of-24 games and enters the CAA Championship as the Seahawks’ second-leading scorer with a 15.1 points per game average. She has scored 20 or more points six times, including a career-high 36 points in the Seahawks’ win at North Carolina Central on Nov. 20.
The Rutgers transfer earned USBWA National Player-of-the-Week and CAA Player-of-the-Week notice in mid-January after leading the Seahawks to victories over James Madison and Towson. Parker netted 20 points against the Dukes, including the game-winning three-pointer in the closing seconds, before adding a 17-point effort in the win over the Tigers.
Smith, meanwhile, has started all 29 games for Coach Karen Barefoot’s squad and leads the team with 15.3 ppg. The Norfolk, Va., product has reached double figures in 28-of-29 contests, including 16 consecutive games, and has tallied 20 or more points seven times.
The 5-10 guard, who transferred from Old Dominion, opened her UNCW tenure with a career-high 27 points in the season opener against Belmont Abbey and collected 22 points in a comeback victory at two-time defending CAA champion Elon on Jan. 13. In the regular season finale at Charleston last Friday, she recorded her third double-double of the season with a 20-point, 10-rebound performance.
Suggs, from White Lake, N.C., earned her first All-CAA honor after closing the regular season as the Seahawks’ third-leading scorer with a 10.2 ppg clip and starting 28-of-29 contests. The 5-10 guard nabbed CAA Player-of-the-Week honors after averaging 23.5 points per game in UNCW’s home wins over Elon and William & Mary in February.
After reaching double figures just three times in the first 11 games, Suggs has emerged as a scoring threat in conference play, with 10 double-digit efforts in 18 league contests. She tallied 14 points with eight rebounds in a 66-62 victory vs. Charleston in the regular season finale last Friday.