The Heartland Conference presented their annual basketball awards Wednesday evening at the Heartland Conference Tournament Social before the tournament began.
Lubbock Christian University's Tess Bruffey was named Heartland Conference Player of the Year, the conference’s most prestigious honor.
Bruffey was also named First Team All-Conference with teammate Bailey Haist claiming All-Conference Honorable Mention. On the men’s team, Tyler Rogers was named Second Team All-Conference, while Ridrell Holman, Marcus Arrington, and Brennen Fowler claimed All-Conference Honorable Mention.
- Bruffey (#54), a junior from Lubbock, Texas, becomes a three-time All-Heartland Conference selection and a two-time First Team member. She was an Honorable Mention recipient as a freshman (2014-15) when she also claimed the conference's Freshman of the Year honor. Bruffey is the second Lady Chaparrals player to receive the Heartland Conference Player of the Year honor, joining Nicole Hampton, who claimed the accolade last season. Bruffey averages 16.1 points (second in the conference), 8.6 rebounds (fourth in the conference) and 3.8 blocks per game (leads the conference and ranks second nationally). Bruffey averaged 19.4 points per game in conference play and 22.8 points a game in February. She was the Heartland Conference's all-time career leader in blocks (258), was a five-time conference Player of the Week recipient, a two-time USBWA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Week this season, and was also one of four players nationally to record a triple-double in a contest this season.
- Haist (#3), a senior from Colorado Springs, Colo., claims her first All-Conference honor. Haist, is a current stand-out athelete in the conference with 53 three-pointers this season (fifth in the conference) at a mark of 36.1% (third in the conference). She has 144 three-pointers in her three-year LCU career.
- Rogers (#32), a redshirt senior from Lubbock, Texas, finished his 2016-17 regular season campaign averaging 11.5 points per game on 55.6% shooting from the field. He was also recently nominated for the GEICO Best of College Basketball 2017 Play of the Year and made the final five.
- Holman (#24), a redshirt senior from Amarillo, Texas, is second on the Chap squad averaging 12.3 points per game.
- Arrington (#3), a senior from Carlsbad, N.M., averages 7.2 points and 3.9 assists per game. The senior has racked up 109 assists for the season and is now fourth all-time in Heartland Conference history with 381 career assists.
- Fowler (#12), a sophomore from Smyer, Texas, leads the Lubbock Christian squad with 13.3 points and 7.9 rebounds per game.
The Chaps and Lady Chaps play in the Heartland Conference Tournament this weekend in Tulsa, Okla.