AUGUSTA, Ga. – Lander junior Jessica Harris was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches, the conference announced Friday night at the PBC Basketball Awards banquet.
Harris also earned first team All-Peach Belt Conference honors, while senior Mylea McKenith earned second team All-PBC accolades.
Harris, a native of Sumter, S.C., is just the fourth Bearcat in program history to be named Peach Belt Conference Player of the Year, along with two-time winner Tiara Good, Shannon McKever, and Breshay Johnson. The first team All-PBC selection was the first all-conference honor of her career.
In 29 games this season, Harris averaged 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, 5.2 assists, 2.8 steals, and shot a league-best 38.7 percent from beyond the arc. She registered 20 or more points in 11 of Lander's 22 conference games, including five 25-point games. She recorded at least seven rebounds, steals, or assists in 19 games and was the only player in the conference to finish in the top-10 in the league in points and rebounds, assists, and steals, leading the league in assists and steals.
Harris ended the regular season ranked in the top-25 nationally in six statistical categories. She ranks 12th in steals (82), 16th in made free throws (143), 18th in assists (151), 19th in steals per game (2.83) and free-throw attemps (186), and 21st in assists per game (5.21),
McKenith earned the second All-Peach Belt Conference honor of her career. She averaged 17.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 2.2 steals. She has scored in double figures in 26 of Lander's 29 contests and has shot 50.0 percent or better from the field 15 times.
The Durham, N.C., native finished the regular season second in the league in scoring and third in made three-pointers (67), made field goals (175), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8).
The second-seeded Bearcats face sixth-seeded Columbus State on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the PBC Tournament semifinals.