Fisher Named Coach of the Year As Women's Basketball Earns Honors
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Presbyterian College women’s basketball team earned three Big South Conference honors on Monday, led by head coach Ronny Fisher earning the Coach of the Year award as voted by the League’s head coaches and media panel. Karlee Taylor (Asheville, N.C.) was also voted Scholar-Athlete of the Year by the League's sports information directors and Mariah Pietrowski (Elizabethton, Tenn.) was selected to the All-Big South Conference Second Team.
Fisher, in his fifth year at the helm, set the school record for wins in the Division-I era as the Blue Hose finished with a 19-10 overall record. In its first year that it is eligible for the Big South Conference Tournament Championship, Presbyterian College enters as the No. 3 seed. The Blue Hose won a school-record 14 Big South games during the 2012-13 season and posted their first ever win over Liberty on Jan. 3. PC got another monumental win this season as it recorded its first-ever win over an ACC opponent, downing Clemson on Nov. 11. Fisher notched 16 top-votes to finish with 56 points from the panel as Winthrop's Kevin Cook received two first-place votes and 26 points.
Taylor, a junior guard, ranks second in the country in three-point field goal percentage, shooting at a 48.5 percent clip from distance. Taylor needs just two more treys to tie for PC’s single-season three-point field goal record and boasts a 3.73 grade point average as a mathematics major and a secondary education minor. A two-time member of the Big South Conference Presidential Honor Roll, the guard earned a spot on the 2011-12 All-Academic Team as well.
Pietrowski, a senior center, leads the Big South in field goal percentage (56.8 percent) and free-throw percentage (86.2) while ranking in the overall top 20 in scoring (13) and rebounding (16). The senior posted double-doubles in wins over Campbell and UNC Asheville this season and is one of seven players in PC history with 1,200 points and 600 rebounds. Pietrowski holds the school’s Division I records in scoring, scoring average, rebounds, field goals made, field goals attempted and field goal percentage.
The third-seeded Blue Hose will play in the Friday quarterfinals at the VisitMyrtleBeach.com Big South Championships at The HTC Center. Tip-off is slated for 2 p.m. and PC will face the winner of Wednesday’s game between No. 6 Radford and No. 11 UNC Asheville.