State Colleges

Nova’s Wright adds to postseason honors

From Miami Herald Wire Services

Nova Southeastern University women's basketball forward Kayla Wright and head coach LeAnn Freeland were both recognized in the postseason review edition of Women's Division II Bulletin.

Wright, a junior who starred at Fort Lauderdale Dillard, becomes the fourth consecutive Shark to be honored by the publication as she was chosen Third Team All-American. Earlier, she was named Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year, All-SSC First Team and First Team All-South Region by D2CCA.

Other Sharks to be honored were Jasmine Wilkins, third team in 2015; Taylor Buie, honorable mention in 2014; and Meixandra Porter, third team in 2013.

In addition, Freeland earned Co-Coach of the Year in the SSC, an honor she shared with Betsy Harris of Florida Southern.


▪ The No. 37 University of Miami women’s golf team will get its final tune-up before the ACC Championship this weekend as it competes in the Bryan National Collegiate in Greensboro, North Carolina on Friday.

The 54-hole event will take place through Sunday. Other Florida teams competing include No. 21 Florida State and No. 65 UCF. The Hurricanes will then compete at the ACC Championship tournament in Greensboro on April 15.

UM is led by Daniela Darquea, who has five top 10 finishes this season and holds the team’s best scoring average of 69.55, and Delfina Acosta, who shot a season-low 66 at the Dick McGuire Invitational.

Other top UM golfers competing include: Dewi Weber, who posted a career-best fourth-place finish at the Wildcat Invitational and who has three top 10 finishes this season; Luiza Altmann, who finished the Wildcat Invitational tied for 43rd and whose 74.91; and Kailey Walsh, one of the three seniors on the team, and who finished the Wildcat Invitational with a three-round total of 233.

▪  Senior Meghan MacLaren, who has five top 10 finishes this season, leads the FIU women’s golf team to its final regular season match at the two-day SMU/DAC Invitational this weekend at Dallas.

FIU is joined by Baylor, Central Arkansas, Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, New Mexico State, No. 11 Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU, Tulane, No. 18 UNLV, No. 13 Washington and the host SMU Mustangs. The Panthers will share the course with conference foes North Texas and UTSA.

MacLaren will be joined at the tournament by junior Camila Serrano, seniors Carla Jane and Sophie Godley, and sophomore Katerina Krasova.

Serrano holds the low round of the year so far for the Panthers, shooting a four-under-par 68 at the Notre Dame Clover Cup in mid-March. Godley holds two under-par rounds shot this season, while Jane is the other Panther to land in the Top 10, which she did at Notre Dame. Krasova shot a 69 in the final round of the Johnie Imes Invitational back in September, the second-lowest round posted by a Panther this season.

The Panthers will host for the Conference USA Championships, April 18-20, at the Verandah Country Club in Fort Myers.