Texas A&M Celebrates Sweet 16 Season At Annual Banquet

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Student-athletes, coaches, support staff and fans gathered Tuesday inside at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center to celebrate the 2018-19 women's basketball season, which resulted in the Aggies' second straight appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Chennedy Carter (Mansfield, Texas) was named the team’s MVP after a season where she earned All-America Second Team honors from the USBWA and All-SEC First Team honors. She averaged a school-record 23.3 points per game and led the NCAA Tournament in scoring average for the second consecutive season. After just two seasons, Carter holds Texas A&M career records for points per game, 20+ point games, 30+ point games and 3-point field goal percentage.

Kayla Wells (Dallas, Texas) earned the team’s Miss Offense award. Wells was the most-improved scorer in the Southeastern Conference, raising her average from 2.8 points in 2017-18 to 15.1 in 2018-19. She hit the game-winning shot with 5.3 seconds remaining against Auburn in the SEC Tournament Quarterfinals, scoring 28 points in the game, the most for an Aggie in an SEC Tournament game.

Shambria Washington (Ocala, Fla.) was tabbed as the team’s Miss Defense, after moving into the starting lineup in December. She led all players in SEC play with 37.4 minutes per game, and averaged 6.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists after moving into the starting lineup. She sent the Aggies to the Sweet 16 with a go-ahead 3-pointer against Marquette, taking the lead with 22.9 seconds left to play.

In a season where much of the team stepped up their game, N’dea Jones (Lawrenceville, Ga.) was the one to take home the Most Improved Award. Jones was the first Texas A&M player to have two games of 20+ rebounds in the same season, and ranked second on A&M’s single-season list with 384 rebounds. Jones averaged 7.7 points and 11.3 rebounds for the season, after averaging 1.4 in both categories a year ago.

Ciera Johnson (Duncanville, Texas) was rewarded for a breakout season with the teams’ Newcomer Award. Johnson, playing her first season with the Aggies, ranked among the SEC’s leaders in points, rebounds and blocks. She finished the season with 12.0 points per game—scoring in double figures 27 times in 34 games—and 8.4 rebounds, which ranked sixth in the conference.

The team’s prestigious Miss Aggie Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the women’s basketball program, was shared by Anna Dreimane (Riga, Latvia) and Aja Ellison (Voorhees, N.J.) for their leadership. Dreimane, who sat out the season due to NCAA transfer rules, was a stalwart in practice, while Ellison set season career-highs for minutes played, points, rebounds, assists and field goal percentage during her one season in Aggieland.

Jasmine Williams (Houston, Texas) earned the team’s Miss Hustle Award. Williams provided a spark for the Aggies, on-and-off the court. She was named to the SEC Community Service Team for her contributions in the community, and was selected as the SEC’s representative to the NCAA Leadership Forum.

Aaliyah Wilson (Muskogee, Okla.) received the team’s Academic Award, excelling in the classroom despite a season-ending injury on the court. Through the first nine games of the season, Wilson averaged 13.8 points per game, plus ranked among the league’s leaders in assist-to-turnover ratio, blocks and steals.

The 6th Man Award went to the Aggies’ men’s practice team of Stanley Ayala, Drew Trusty, Chandler Jackson and Ryan Schuessler, who helped Texas A&M prepare for upcoming games during practices.

The Noel Devin ’04 Season’s Greatest Fans Award was given to David & Andrea Heath.

Texas A&M is the only Sweet 16 team to return all five starters, and has been ranked as high as No. 4 in early preseason rankings. Season tickets for 2019-20 are currently on sale at 12thMan.com/tickets –and prices will not increase for next season.

2018-19 Texas A&M Women’s Basketball Awards

MVP – Chennedy Carter

Miss Offense – Kayla Wells

Miss Defense – Shambria Washington

Miss Hustle – Jasmine Williams

Most Improved – N’dea Jones

Newcomer Award – Ciera Johnson

Miss Aggie – Anna Dreimane & Aja Ellison

Academic Award – Aaliyah Wilson

6th Man Award – Men’s Practice Team – Stanley Ayala, Drew Trusty, Chandler Jackson, Ryan Schuessler

Noel Devin '04 Season's Greatest Fans – David & Andrea Heath