Chicago, Ill. - The Roosevelt women's basketball team took home plenty of hardware as the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference announced its postseason awards on Saturday. Casey Davis was honored as the CCAC Freshman of the Year, while junior Peggie Parhas earned All-CCAC First Team honors. Davis was joined by fellow freshman Kiara Towles on the All-CCAC Second Team.
"All three players are very deserving of the recognition," Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells said. "It is a testament to where our program is heading."
Davis led the Lakers in scoring at 14.4 points per game, which rated fifth overall in the CCAC and was tops amongst league freshmen. She also ranked in the top 10 in the CCAC in steals (2.1 spg/10th) and free throw percentage (.699/7th). The Marian Catholic product proved she belonged in her Roosevelt debut, which double as the first game in program history, scoring a team-high 17 points to lead the team to victory over Trinity Christian College. Davis went on to score 20 or more points in a game on seven occasions, while scoring a career-best 28 points twice as a rookie.
"While there were a number of outstanding freshmen in the conference this year, including many of her own teammates, Casey stood above them all," said Scherr-Wells. "For a freshman to be ranked fifth in the league in scoring behind four upperclassmen is impressive.
"The exciting part is that Casey has only scratched the surface of her talents."
Parhas, a former junior college All-American at Harper College, rated seventh in the CCAC in scoring at 13.1 ppg, which was second-best on the team behind Davis. A constant threat from behind the three-point line, she ranked in the top five in the league in both three-pointers made (71/2nd) and three-point accuracy (.335/5th). Parhas scored 20 or more points in a game on five occasions this season and netted a career-high 30 points twice, including in the final game of the year versus Olivet Nazarene.
"Peggie is a fierce competitor," said Scherr-Wells. "There is a reason why she and (teammate Erin) McCaslin are the conference leaders in three-pointers made. You have to kick them off the court after practice. They always want to get one more shot in.
"Peggie's ability to score created a lot of problems for other teams," Scherr-Wells continued. "What I feel goes unnoticed is her ability to come up with big steals on defense off the ball."
Towles earned All-CCAC Second Team honors after finishing the year as the league's third-leading rebounder, averaging 7.8 rpg. She also ranked third in the conference in field goal percentage, converting on 54 percent of her attempts. Both rankings were tops amongst league freshmen. Towles also averaged 8.5 points per game on the year and led the team with six double-doubles.
"Kiara was instrumental to everything we did this season," Scherr-Wells said. "She played out of position and with tendonitis in both knees for the entire season and never stopped battling. She finished third on the conference in both rebounding and field goal percentage all while playing against bigger players.
"She has a great work ethic on the offensive boards as is evident by her leading the league in that category."