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WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Barrs hailed Southland player of year

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FRISCO — Chastadie Barrs, Moe Kinard and Miya Crump of Lamar have been named to the 2019 All-Southland Conference teams, announced by the league office on Wednesday morning.

Barrs was named Southland Player of the Year, Defender of the Year and First Team All-Southland. Crump was named SLC Freshman of the Year and Second Team All-Southland, while Kinard took home First Team All-Southland honors.

The Cardinals are coming off a 24-5 season and 17-1 SLC mark. The 24 wins are the most wins for LU under head coach Robin Harmony. The Red and White won its second straight Southland regular season title. This is the first time in school history LU as won back-to-back regular season titles.

For the first time since 2010, the Cardinals had a player earn Southland Conference Player of the Year, as Chastadie Barrs took home the honor in 2019. Barrs was named Southland Player of the Week seven times this season. She finished averaging 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 6.3 steals per game this season.

“It is such an honor for Chastadie to be named Southland Player of the Year and be only the third Cardinal to earn this honor,” Harmony remarked. “She has been a key player for us over the last four seasons and helps the team in so many aspects.”

Barrs earns her fourth straight Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Year award and is the only player in league history to win it for four straight seasons. Besides being named Southland Defensive Player of the Year, Barrs was also named to the Southland All-Defensive team. She leads the NCAA in steals this season with 183 and is averaging 6.3 steals per game this season. On Feb. 27, Barrs set the NCAA career steals mark that was held by Natalie White for 23 years.

“It’s unbelievable that Chastadie has won this award for four years in a row and is the only player to win this award three or more times,” Harmony said of Barrs being named defensive player of the year. “She pretty much can take the ball whenever she wants.”

For the second straight season, Barrs was named to the All-Southland First Team. The DeSoto native, led the Cardinals in rebounding and assists this season. On Feb. 16, Barrs set the LU career assists mark, and has 701 assists in her career. She has collected 211 rebounds on the season, averaging 7.3 rebounds per game, leading the Cardinals. She became only the second player in NCAA history to score 1,000 points, collect 500 rebounds, dish out 500 assists and record 500 steals in her career.

Barrs was not alone earning First Team All-SLC honors as Kinard earned her second straight. Kinard finished the regular season as the Southland scoring leader as she averaged 20.7 points per game. She set the NCAA single game three-point record when she hit 13 threes at Denver on Nov. 23. In that game, Kinard set the single game scoring record for LU with 58 points, also the most points scored in an NCAA game this season.

“Moe has been consistent all season,” Harmony said. “She finds some way to contribute. Even if her shot isn’t falling, she will find another way to help us.”

Kinard, a native of New Iberia, Louisiana, appeared in all 29 games for the Cardinals this season. She led the Cards in scoring averaging 20.7 points per game. She shot a career-best 45.2 percent from the floor and 33.1 percent on three pointers this season. She made a career-high 82 threes this season. Against Incarnate Word on Feb. 20, Kinard broke the LU school record for most three pointers made in a career with 218. Besides scoring, Kinard recorded 5.1 rebounds, 1.9 steals, 1.5 assists per game during the 2018-19 season.

Crump becomes the fourth Cardinal to earn Southland Freshman of the Year honors and the second straight as Jadyn Pimentel earned the honor last year. Crump also earned Second Team All-Southland honors this season. She finished second on the Cards in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game. She scored a career-high 31 points on Jan. 16 against Southeastern Louisiana.

“We knew when we recruited Miya that she had the potential to be freshman of the year,” Harmony said. “She has great years ahead of her. She’s so quick, she’s hard to stop. She is in a good situation here.”

In addition to scoring, the Houston native collected 5.3 rebounds, 2.3 steals, 1.3 assists per game while shooting 44.5 percent from the floor. Crump scored in double-figures in 20 of the 29 games this season.

Lamar enters the Southland Conference Tournament as the top seed and play in the semifinals on Saturday at 1 p.m. Tickets for the Southland Championships are available through the LU Ticket Office (880-1715). Fans can also purchase tournament tickets in Katy by going to LU Ticket kiosk at the Merrell Center. The kiosk will open 90 minutes prior to start of the session.