Castle named First Team All-MSC

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PIKEVILLE - On the eve of the 2018 Mid-South Conference Women's Basketball Tournament, a pair of University of Pikeville players picked up all-conference honors at the annual awards banquet on Wednesday, Feb. 28.

Jamie Castle was named First Team All-MSC while Aundrea Matchen earned second team honors.

For Castle, this is her first award at the banquet since being named MSC Freshman of the Year in 2015. Castle is a Magoffin County High School graduate. 

Matchen was honored again after being named First Team All-MSC in 2016.

At the time she was honored, Castle was UPIKE's leading scorer with a 13.9 points per game scoring average, which included high games of 37 points and 36 points. The senior from Salyersville played in all 30 UPIKE women's basketball games and made starts in 29 contests. The former Magoffin County Lady Hornet ranked 22nd nationally in total assists with 109.

Matchen was averaging 10 points per game while also pulling down more than four rebounds an outing. She was shooting nearly 45 percent from the field and had her best showing against Lindsey Wilson College, finishing with 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting.

Lindsey Wilson's Kayla Styles was named the MSC Player of the Year as the Blue Raiders swept all of the major awards except for coach of the year, which went to Shawnee State's Jeff Nickel. Defensive Player of the Year went to Gerda Paulauskaite and freshmen of the year was won by Regan Turner, each of whom are from the Lindsey Wilson women's basketball program.