Wahl, Washington, Johnson named to All-OVC teams

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

Three Eastern basketball players received individual honors from the OVC Tuesday.

For the women’s team, junior forward Abby Wahl was named first team All-OVC and sophomore guard Lariah Washington was named second team All-OVC.

For Wahl, this marks the first time she has made an All-OVC team in her career. She led the Panthers in scoring and rebounding this season, averaging 14.2 points per game and 7.4 rebounds. She also ranked seventh in the conference in scoring and fifth in rebounding.

For Washington, the second-team honor comes a season after she was named first team All-OVC and the OVC Freshman of the Year. She averaged 14.2 points per game this season, ranking second on the team and eighth in the conference. 

She also ranked third in the OVC in both free-throw percentage (82.4 percent) and minutes per game (33.4).

The women’s team will continue its season Wednesday against Tennessee-Martin in the first round of the OVC Tournament.

For the men’s team, senior guard Marvin Johnson was named first-team All-OVC. He is only the seventh Eastern player to be named first team All-OVC since the Panthers joined the conference in 1996.

Johnson ranked sixth in the OVC in scoring (15.3 points per game), fourth in assists per game (4.7) and 14th in rebounds per game. (5.2).

He also ranked 11th in the conference with 30.4 minutes per game.

One of Johnson’s most valuable qualities this season was his availability.

In a season where the Panthers were often missing multiple players with injury or as a result of COVID protocols, Johnson played 26 of the Panthers’ 27 games.

This season also marked a massive improvement for Johnson from his junior to senior seasons.

Last season, he averaged 8.8 points, 3 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game.

The OVC Players of the Year were Tennessee-Martin senior Chelsey Perry for the women’s side and Austin Peay senior Terry Taylor for the men. Both players also earned this honor last season.

 

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