De­fense per­me­ates

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Em­bry-Rid­dle on Nov. 9 and 42 against Palm Beach At­lantic on Nov. 16. McNeil’s year was cut short in De­cem­ber be­cause of in­jury, though.

But her twin sis­ter, Shameka, led the Pan­thers with an aver­age of 12.1 points over 27 games and was an all-CIAA se­lec­tion. She helped lead them to a 23-4 record through the CIAA tour­na­ment.

Vir­ginia Union earned an at­large berth to the NCAA tour­na­ment and was set to face Bowie State last Fri­day, be­fore the event was can­celed.

Play­ers and teams across Vir­ginia ex­celled on the de­fen­sive end this year.

At VCU, Danielle Ham­mond was named At­lantic 10 de­fen­sive player of the year, with a school­record 87 blocks. That to­tal tied for ninth in the coun­try.

At Hamp­ton, Ashley Bates was named Big South de­fen­sive player of the year for the sec­ond year in a row. Her 3.45 steals per game ranked eighth in the na­tion.

At Nor­folk State, Chanette Hicks av­er­aged 4.89 steals (sec­ond in the coun­try) and be­came the first player to be named both player of the year and de­fen­sive player of the year in the MEAC.

At JMU, CAA de­fen­sive player of the year Kayla Cooper-Wil­liams av­er­aged three blocks, which tied for ninth in the coun­try. She also av­er­aged 9.2 re­bounds, third in the CAA.

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