FOREST, Va. – Bridgewater College senior guard Jessica Lam was named ODAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year and junior center Kaitlyn Lehan was named to the all-conference third team Thursday night at the annual Old Dominion Athletic Conference banquet held at the Salem Civic Center.
Lam is the third Bridgewater player in the past seven years and the fourth overall to claim the coveted Player of the Year honor. Debbie Litten was the conference's first Player of the Year in 1983. More recently, Jordan Burkholder took home the award in 2011 and Jessica Mullen received the honor in 2013.
Lam capped off her career with one of the best seasons in Bridgewater history. She led the ODAC in scoring with a 21.1 average. She also averaged 4.7 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 1.5 assists per game. Lam ranked fourth in the conference in free-throw percentage (79.9%) and ninth in field goal percentage (48.0%). Lam ranks No. 16 in the nation in points per game and No. 4 in free throws made with 156.
Lam also owns the three highest-scoring games in program history. She set the single-game record early in the season with 36 points on an overtime loss to Ferrum. She then shattered that mark with a 41-point outburst in a road victory over conference foe Randolph-Macon. In her final game at Nininger Hall, she scored 35 points in a victory over Roanoke.
Lam's 21.1 scoring average is a new program season record, breaking the mark set in 1969-69 when Nancy Boller scored 20.1 points per game. Lam's total of 548 points this season ties the program record set by Marsha Kinder during the Eagles' 2005-06 run to the Sweet 16.
Lam finished her career with 1,344 points to rank No. 6 on the Eagles' all-time scoring chart.
Lehan also had a record-breaking season for the Eagles. The junior averaged 10.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 4.1 blocked shots per game. She ranks third in the nation and leads the ODAC in blocked shots. Lehan recorded the only triple-double in the conference this season when she posted 14 points, 10 rebounds and 12 blocked shots in a win over Apprentice.
Lehan set a new single-game record with the 12 blocks against Apprentice and she is the first player in program history to reach 100 blocks in a season, finishing the year with 107. She currently ranks No. 2 at Bridgewater in career blocks with 184.
Lynchburg's Abby Pyzik Smith was named the ODAC Coach of the Year after leading the Hornets to a 20-5 record and the No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. Randolph-Macon's Kelly Williams was named the conference's Rookie of the Year. The first-year center averaged a double-double with 18.5 points and 12.8 rebounds per game. Roanoke senior Cary Beahm was named the ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
2017 ALL-ODAC WOMEN'S BASKETBALL TEAMS
ODAC Player of the Year: Jessica Lam, Sr., G., Bridgewater
ODAC Coach of the Year: Abby Pyzik Smith, Lynchburg
ODAC Rookie of the Year: Kelly Williams, Fr., C., Randolph-Macon
ODAC/Farm Bureau Insurance Scholar-Athlete: Cary Beahm, Sr., F., Roanoke
Charmaine Hairston, Sr., G, Lynchburg
Jayla Harris, So., G, Virginia Wesleyan
Jessica Lam, Sr., G, Bridgewater
Emily Perszyk, Sr., G, Washington and Lee
Anais Weatherly, Sr., F, Guilford
Kelly Williams, Fr., C, Randolph-Macon
All-ODAC Second Team
Cary Beahm, Sr., F, Roanoke
Taylor Blevins, So., F, Emory & Henry
Megan Jacoby, Sr., G, Emory & Henry
Caroline Naumann, Jr., F, Lynchburg
Myneshia Walker, Jr., G, Eastern Mennonite
Heaven Walters, Sr., F, Guilford
All-ODAC Third Team
Jonae Guest, Sr., C, Eastern Mennonite
Amber Lee, Fr., F, Randolph-Macon
Kaitlyn Lehan, Jr., C, Bridgewater
Lauren Ramsey, Jr., G, Guilford
Chloe Roach, Fr., G, Eastern Mennonite
Molly Shephard, So., F, Lynchburg