Fowler named Coach of The Year, Lions on All GSC Teams

UNA head coach Terry Fowler was also named the league's Coach of the Year for the second time in the previous three seasons.

Fowler picks up his second coaching award but first since the GSC did away with East and West Divisions. He was the 2011 GSC East Coach of the Year after guiding the Lions to a 21-7 record and a berth in the NCAA South Region Tournament. This year, the Lions are poised to make the tournament again despite returning just one starter from a year ago and being picked to finish fifth in the league standings in the GSC preseason coaches' poll.

A pair of juniors received All-Gulf South Conference honors for the University of North Alabama women's basketball team. Mekena Randle earned first-team honors while Nichelle Fillmore was named to the second team.

Randle, a transfer from Arkansas State, led the Lions in scoring and rebounding during the 2012-13 season, averaging 11.8 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. She reached double digits in scoring 19 times, including a career-high 21 points on Feb. 2 at Valdosta State. She also recorded 12 double-doubles on the year and was a two-time GSC Player of the Week.

Fillmore was also a solid force in the paint for the Lions, averaging 10.6 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest. She led the team with 19 blocked shots and was first in the GSC with a 56 percent shooting percentage after going 122-of-218 from the floor. She posted back-to-back 20-plus point totals, getting a career-high 23 points on Jan. 26 against West Alabama before scoring 22 points five days later at West Florida.

The University of North Alabama men's basketball team had two players receive All-Gulf South Conference accolades according to the league's official release on Wednesday. Rashaun Claiborne and Bruce Adams received first- and second-team honors respectively.

Claiborne, a transfer from Delgado Community College, started all 26 games for the Lions this season. He averaged 13.9 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. He recorded double digits in scoring 20 times, reaching the 20-point plateau in three games. The junior from Darrow, La., also equaled his season-high total of 22 points twice, during home wins over Lane and Oakwood, and added a 19-point, 14-rebound performance during an 81-71 win on Jan. 19 at No. 4 UAH.

Adams, a junior from Leavenworth, Kan., led UNA in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (8.1 rebounds per game). He closed the regular season with two straight double-doubles to help the Lions record wins over West Georgia and West Alabama. His 20-point, 10-rebound per-game average earned him GSC Player of the Week honors. The transfer from Independence Community College also had a season-high 24 points and eight rebounds on Dec. 1 during a 95-94 home win over Valdosta State.