Sul Ross’ Hampton claims ASC West Player of the Year in women’s basketball 

ALPINE — Sul Ross State University sophomore Vania Hampton took home ASC West Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, and was joined by several teammates and her head coach in receiving season honors in women’s basketball in an announcement made Tuesday by the conference office.

Vania Hampton earned ASC West Division Player of the Year and ASC West Newcomer of the Year, All-Conference Team and West All-Division First Team honors this week. The Austin native helped lead the Lobos to their second tournament appearance in program history. She led the team in several statistical categories, including 13.3 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. She added 27 assists, 11 blocks and 29 steals while shooting 41.5 percent from the field, 39.2 percent from three-point range and 74.4 percent from the line. Her 9.3 rebounds per game was second in the conference.

Hampton totaled nine double-doubles on the season, including a career-high 30 points with 15 rebounds in a 76-65 win over Howard Payne on February 25. She played more minutes than anyone else in the conference with 784 and was fourth in minutes per game with 32.7. Hampton was named ASC West Player of the Week four times during the season, the single-season record in program history.

Joining Hampton is the coach that led her through the season, Katie Novak, named West Division Coach of the Year. In her fourth season, Novak finished with a 10-14 record in the regular season but went 7-5 in conference for a third place finish in the West Division. It was the highest seed of any women’s team, the most wins in conference and the best winning percentage in conference in program history. The team also defeated Mary Hardin-Baylor for the first time since 2004.

The Lobos went on the road and defeated Howard Payne Lady Jackets in a 75-65 triumph for the first tournament win in program history. Sully then hosted the remainder of the conference tournament for the first time.

Teammate Keona Loftis was named to the West All-Defensive Team, after the Amarillo native led the Lobos in steals on the season with 37 and was fourth on the team in rebounds with 3.1 per game.

Loftis was ninth in the conference in assists per game with 2.6. Her 67 assists on the season was also a team-high. She was also 15th in the conference in minutes played with 28.6 per game.

Also garnering attention were players Alexis Carmosino and Teresa Quintana who received honorable mentions.

Carmosino was second on the Lobos in scoring and rebounding with 11.3 points and 7.4 boards per game. She tallied five double-doubles on the season and was third in the conference in defensive rebounds per game with 6.3.

Quintana averaged a third-best 9.2 points per game and shot a team-best 84.8 percent from the free throw line. She also shot 38.5 percent from three-point range which was good for best on the team and second in the conference.