Dickson Named to C-USA All-Conference Squad; Hearn Named All-Freshman
March 10, 2013
IRVING, Texas - - Senior forward Nicole Dickson (Greeneville, Tenn./Greeneville HS) was named to the Conference USA First Team it was announced, Sunday. It is the second career all-conference honor for Dickson and her first first team honor. Freshman Ariel Hearn (Memphis, Tenn./Arlington HS) was named to the C-USA All-Freshman Team.
Dickson ranks 10th at Memphis in career scoring with 1,630 points, seventh in career rebounding with 775 rebounds, sixth in blocked shots with 61 and fourth in three-point field goals made with 172. She became the first player in Memphis history to be named the C-USA Player of the Week four times in a single season and scored 30 or more points in five games this year, including a career-best 36 in the win at Illinois State in the Preseason WNIT. She has scored 20 or more points in 13 games this year and has scored double digits in 28 of 30 games.
She becomes the fourth Tiger under Melissa McFerrin to earn C-USA First Team honors, following Brittany Carter (2010, 2011) and Jasmine Lee (2012). She is just the second Tiger under McFerrin to earn multiple C-USA all-conference honors (Brittany Carter was a three-time honoree).
This is the third post-season award from C-USA for Dickson. In 2010, she was named to the C-USA All-Freshman team, an honor earned by freshman guard Ariel Hearn (2013), Sunday.
Hearn finished her freshman campaign as the Tigers' second-leading scorer, averaging 13.5 points per game. Memphis needed Hearn to step up as the team's starting point guard with the injury to Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir just four games into the season, and the freshman responded in a big way.
When Abdul-Qaadir rejoined the line-up, Hearn had added more weapons to her game and led the Tigers in assists and ranked among the team's leaders in three-point shooting. She finished the regular season with 103 assists, the most-ever by a Memphis freshman and became just the second freshman in the program's 41 year history to hand out 100 or more assists in a season. Her 96 made free-throws ranks third-best in the freshman records book and her 140 attempts is second-best. Her 26 made three-point field goals ranks ninth among Tigers freshmen and her 406 points makes her the fifth-most prolific Memphis freshman scorer in program history.
Memphis is the No. 7 seed for the Conference USA championships that begin Wednesday in Tulsa, Okla. The women's tournament will play the first two rounds in the Tulsa Convention Center, then will move to the BOK Center for the semifinals and finals. The Tigers will face No. 10 seed Southern Miss at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday. The two teams will meet to determine who will face No. 2 seeded East Carolina, Thursday, at 7:30 p.m.