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Embry-Riddle freshman headlined three Eagle women’s basketball players were garnered All-Conference recognition as she was named The Sun Conference Freshman of the Year at the conference tournament banquet hosted by St. Thomas on Thursday evening. The All-Conference team was selected based on voting by league’s coaches.
Whiting, who was also a second team All-Conference and an All-Defensive team selection, was joined on the All-Conference roster by first team honoree Mercedes Jorge and second teamer Taylor Cyphers.
A 5-7- guard from Temple Terrace, Fla., Whiting started in each of the Eagles’ 28 games and averaged 32.8 minutes per contest. She led the Blue and Gold in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game and scored in double figures in 20 contests, including a season-high 26 against Northwood on Feb. 10. She had a team-high 61 steals and was second in assists (84) in addition to pulling down 5.2 rebounds per game.
Jorge is a 5-9 guard who capped her sophomore season as the Eagles’ leading rebounder, grabbing 8.5 boards per contest. A force to deal with on the inside, the Lake Mary, Fla. native is second in the league in rebounds per game per contest. Jorge was second behind Whiting in scoring with a 12.9 points-per-game average and turned in the Eagles’ highest single-game scoring total of the year with 28 against Southeastern on Feb. 12. She posted nine double-doubles on the year and contributed 55 assists and 32 steals in 27 appearances and 31. 2 minutes per game.
At 6-3, Cyphers was one of the most imposing players in the league this season. The junior was second on the team in scoring (10.2 ppg) and second in rebounding (7.7 rpg), but was most effective as a shot-blocker. She totaled 67 blocks on the year and averaged 2.3 blocks per game, both of which were the best in the conference.
The trio led the Eagles to a 17-12 overall record and a fourth place finish in the league’s regular season standings in the program’s inaugural
season of competition.