Three Lady Tigers Earn American Honors
Memphis, TN-Sophomore guard Ariel Hearn leads a trio of Memphis women’s basketball team members on the American Athletic Conference post season awards list announced Tuesday. Hearn was named a first team, all-conference honoree, while freshmen Breigha Wilder-Cochran and Mooriah Rowser were named to the all-freshman team.
Hearn currently ranks third in the American Athletic Conference with 17.5 ppg and also ranks ninth with 3.5 assists per game. The Arlington High School graduate also ranks sixth in the league in steals (with 1.9/game) and ranks fourth in both three-point field goal percentage (37.2) and three-point field goals made (2.1). She was a member of the Conference USA All-Freshman team last season and is earning her first career all-conference honor. This is the fourth straight season the women’s basketball team has had a first team all-conference honoree. Hearn follows in the footsteps of Brittany Carter (2010, 2011), Jasmine Lee (2012) and Nicole Dickson (2013).
Wilder-Cochran has appeared in 29 of Memphis’ 30 games (missing one game due to injury) and has set the Memphis freshman single season assist record with 122 assists heading in to the conference tournament. Wilder-Cochran also ranks second on the team in steals and adds 8.0 points per game. This is her first career honor from the conference.
Rowser was also named to the all-freshman team with Wilder-Cochran. The guard is working her way back from a knee injury suffered three games in to last season and has come back to rank as one of the Tigers’ top three scorers, averaging 8.2 ppg. This is the second career honor for Rowser from the American Athletic Conference as she was named the conference’s first freshman of the week at the start of the season.
Memphis is in Uncasville, Conn., and will face Houston, Friday, at 8 p.m. (ET) in the first round of the American Athletic Conference women’s basketball championships.