Hatton wins Freshman of Year in Southern Conference
The Southern Conference announced its All-Conference team and awards, voted on by the coaches and the media, and North Harrison alum Lilly Hatton, who is a freshman this year at Wofford College, was recognized.
Both the coaches and media voted Hatton as conference Freshman of the Year.
This is Wofford’s second Freshman of the Year, with the only other being Mahagony Williams in 2007-08.
Along with Hatton, Chloe Wanink was named to the All-Conference First Team, Da’Ja Green was named to the All-Conference Second Team and Cairo Booker was named to the All-Defensive team.
“I am really excited and proud of Chloe, Da’Ja, Cairo and Lilly for making the SoCon All-Conference teams,” said Wofford coach Jimmy Garrity. “They each have had fantastic seasons and are very deserving of this recognition.”
Hatton was a force to be reckoned with this season, as she played in all but one game and started in 27. The Georgetown native averaged 23 minutes during the regular season and shot 43.7% from the field, including 39.4% from beyond the arc. She is the team’s leading rebounder at six rebounds per game and also leads the team in blocks with 40, which ranks her 14th in the nation among freshmen.
Hatton recorded her first collegiate double-double in a win over Western Carolina on Jan. 23 with 11 points and 10 rebounds. She scored another double-double in a loss at Mercer, where she was the team’s leading scorer with 14 points. In the penultimate game of the regular season, Hatton set a career-high with 18 points in the win over Western Carolina.
“Lilly has had a terrific freshman campaign,” Garrity said. “To come in as a freshman and earn the starting spot from the center position is not easy. She has done a great job not only on the offensive side of the ball, but defensively, too. She is a tough match-up with her opponents because she can score the ball at all three levels. Lilly’s future is extremely bright.”
Hatton and the Terriers lost in the SoCon tournament March 5 to Furman, 68-54. They finished 15-15 overall and 8-6 in the SoCon.