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Saints trio selected to All-PBC teams; Lang-Montgomery tabbed as Coach of the Year

Mar 8, 2019
by John Jordan, Athletics

The Flagler College women's basketball team brought home some Peach Belt Conference hardware from the pre-tournament banquet tonight. Tabitha Odabe, Chris Wilson, and Kierra Crane were selected to the all-conference teams while Erika Lang-Montgomery was named as the PBC Coach of the Year and Odabe took home PBC Defensive Player of the Year honors for the second year in a row.

Lang-Montgomery, who is in her 10th year at Flagler, coached the Saints to a 21-8 overall record and a 17-5 mark in the conference. The 17 league wins are the most recorded by a Flagler team since joining the PBC in 2009-10. The 21 wins are the most in program history since the 1976-77 season. Flagler's third place finish in the standings is the best finish ever for the program.

Odabe earns her second all-conference nod, but this is the first time she has been selected to the first-team. The 6-foot-5 senior leads the nation in blocked shots (116) and is third in blocks per game (4.0). In the tournament quarterfinal game last Wednesday, she broke the blocks in a game (13) record, blocks in a season, and rebounds in a season. Odabe also broke the conference record for blocks in a game. The Keystone Heights, Florida native via Nigeria is 13th in the nation in rebounds (318), 18th in rebounds per game (11.0), 21st in defensive rebounds per game (8.0), 30th in field goal percentage (54.6), and 39th in offensive rebounds per game (3.0). She has 18 double-doubles this year, which ranks 10th in NCAA Division II, and leads the Saints with a 13.6 points per game average. Odabe earned PBC Player of the Week honors on Feb. 25.

Wilson earned second-team all-conference honors after averaging 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. She leads the team with 70 steals and is second on the team with a 51.7 field goal percentage. The 5-foot-10 junior has nine double-doubles this season. The St. Louis, Missouri native is second in the PBC in defensive rebounds (193); fourth in field goals (166), total rebounds (252), rebounds per game (8.7), and steals; and, fifth in field goal percentage. Wilson was selected as the PBC Player of the Week twice (Jan. 14 and 28).

Crane earns her first all-conference honor as she was selected to the third-team. She is averaging 11.1 points per game and has made a team-high 49 three-pointers. The 5-foot-5 junior guard leads the PBC in free throw shooting percentage (81.5) and is fourth in three-point field goal percentage (41.6). The Kissimmee, Florida native scored a career-high 27 points in the season-opener vs. Lincoln Memorial University. Crane was the first PBC Player of the Week (Nov. 12) this season.

Flagler will wait to see if it is one of the five at-large berths for the regional tournament. The selection show is Sunday at 10 p.m. on ncaa.com.

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