Roberts named Southland Conference freshman of the year, Mells newcomer of the year

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Freshman center Porsha Roberts was selected the
Southland Conference Freshman of the Year while junior guard Ashlee Mells
was named the SLC Newcomer of the Year, league officials announced Monday

Roberts becomes just the fourth Ladyjack in school history to win the award
and the first since LaToya Mills in 2002-03 league officials announced
Monday morning. The Waco, Texas native has started in all 29 games this
season and is second on the team in scoring at 8.8 points per game, first in
field goal percentage (.479) and leads the team in rebounding (6.0 rpg) and
blocks (54).

Roberts tied Kendria Smith and Amy Collins for the SFA single-game record
for blocks in a game with eight at Texas State (2/1) and has recorded three
or more blocks in a single contest on six different occasions. Roberts' 54
blocks this season is the sixth-most in a single-season in Ladyjacks

Mells becomes just the second player in SFA history to be selected the SLC
Newcomer of the Year, joining Lori Davis from the 1989-90 campaign. Mells,
who took a redshirt last season after transferring from Indiana University,
was inserted into the starting lineup 18 games into the season at Sam
Houston State (1/25) and the Grand Prairie, Texas native's game took off.

Mells averaged 10 points and 6.2 rebounds in conference play and shot a
sizzling 49 percent from the field. She enters the tournament as SFA's
third-leading scorer overall (6.4 ppg) and had three consecutive games in
double-digit scoring. Mells established a career high with 19 points in big
road victories at both Southeastern Louisiana (1/7) and Sam Houston (1/25).

Both Roberts and Mells were an honorable mention nod for the All-Southland
Conference teams as well.

Senior guard Tammara Marion earned her third consecutive All-Southland
Conference selection, making the second-team for the first time in her
illustrious career. The Houston, Texas native had made the third-team in
both the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons.

Marion leads the Ladyjacks in scoring this season at 15.1 points per game
(8th-best in the SLC) and was far and away the leading three-point shooter,
connecting on a career-best .398 percent of shots from beyond the arch (1st
in the SLC). Marion, who has started in all 29 games and registered 936
minutes, also leads the Ladyjacks in free throw shooting, converting at a
.815 percentage (75-of-92), the fifth-best mark in the league.

The Bellaire High School graduate scored 15-plus points in 15 games this
season, including a season-high 30 points at Texas State (2/1).

Marion, Roberts, Mells and the rest of the Ladyjacks will open up the SLC
Tournament on Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. as the No. 4 seed against No. 5 Lamar at
the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas. The winner of that game will
move on to the semifinals to take on either No. 1 Central Arkansas, or No. 8
Nicholls State.


Kenny Bybee