VanArsdale Second Team Selection As Lady Pirates Picked 2nd
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Oct. 29, 2019) – The Hampton Lady Pirates came away with some honors on Tuesday at the annual Big South Conference Basketball Media Day.
Senior Ashley Bates, the 2018-19 Big South Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year, was picked as the Preseason Player of the Year and a first-team All-Conference selection. Sophomore Laren VanArsdale, the 2018-19 Big South Rookie of the Year, was selected to the preseason second team.
The team was picked second behind defending conference champion Radford, a team that Hampton put the only league loss on last year. Radford had six first-place votes and 113 points, while Hampton had three first-place votes with 104 points. UNC Asheville had one first-place vote for 94 points and third, while Campbell had one first-place vote with 91 points and fourth place.
Bates (Hopkins, Minn.) tops in the Big South with 17.7 points per game as well as 4.4 steals per game -- good for third in the nation -- and also ranks second in free throws made (117) and eighth in field goal percentage (46.5 percent). Bates scored a career-high 34 points in the regular-season finale against Winthrop on March 9, tied for the league-lead with nine games with 20+ points, and scored in double figures in every game in 2018-19. Defensively, her 122 steals are a Big South single-season record and third-most in NCAA Division I this year. She had nine games with at least six thefts -- including four games with seven, and grabbed at least seven rebounds in a game seven times. Bates also recorded more steals than turnovers in 18 contests in 2018-19. In Big South games, Bates led the league with 18.2 points per contest -- the only player above 17.0, and averaged 4.5 steals against conference foes.
VanArsdale (Powder Springs, Ga.) leads all Big South freshmen in scoring at 15.8 (fourth overall), and has made a league-best 130 free throws. Her 78.3 free throw clip is seventh in the conference, and she also ranks eighth in steals (2.0), 10th in assists (3.0) and is the only freshman player among the Top 15 in field goal shooting. VanArsdale scored a career-high 33 points vs. High Point on March 2, and had 29 in Hampton's win over CAA regular-season champion James Madison on Nov. 20. She tied for the league-lead with her nine 20-point games. Against Big South competition, VanArsdale averaged 15.7 points (4th), made 82.1 percent from the charity stripe (4th), handed out 3.2 assists (T-9th), and tallied 2.3 steals (6th). VanArsdale received eight first-place votes and 44 total points, ahead of Campbell's Lauren Carter (two first-place votes and 30 points).
Hampton opens the 2019-20 season on November 6 at Alabama and will host Florida Atlantic on November 14 for its home opener at 7 pm.
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