Dayton Flyers win three top honors in A-10 women’s basketball awards

Dayton honors seniors Araion Bradshaw, Erin Whalen and Jenna Giacone after a game against Saint Louis on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

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Dayton honors seniors Araion Bradshaw, Erin Whalen and Jenna Giacone after a game against Saint Louis on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, at UD Arena. David Jablonski/Staff

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The Dayton Flyers received three of the major honors when the Atlantic 10 Conference women’s basketball awards were announced Tuesday.

• Redshirt senior guard Araion Bradshaw was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Year. She led the team with 23 steals and ranked sixth in the A-10. Dayton’s defense ranked 20th in the nation in field-goal percentage defense.

• Redshirt senior guard Jenna Giacone was named the A-10′s Most Improved Player. She increased her scoring average from 6.4 points to 12.9 points per game.

• Freshman center Tenin Magassa was named the Sixth Woman of the Year. She averaged 9.0 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game.

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In addition to those awards, Giacone was named to the A-10 first team, while redshirt senior Erin Whalen made the second team for the second straight year and Bradshaw made the third team. Whalen made the all-academic team. Bradshaw made the all-defensive team for the second straight year. Magassa was on the all-rookie team.

Dayton won the A-10 regular-season championship with a 12-1 record and will play No. 8 seed La Salle (11-13, 7-10) or No. 9 Duquesne (5-10, 4-7) in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament at 11 a.m. Friday at the Siegel Center in Richmond, Va.

Here are the other A-10 awards:

Co-Players of the Year: Anna DeWolfe, Fordham / Emmanuelle Tahane, Rhode Island.

Rookie of the Year: Addie Budnik, Richmond.

Coach of the Year: Tammi Reiss, Rhode Island.

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