Texas State Bobcats’ Taeler Deer and Toshua Leavitt have earned Sun Belt All-Conference postseason honors, it was announced on Monday morning.
Deer was named the 2017-18 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and earned a spot on the conference first team. The senior guard scored a career-high 44 points in Texas State’s season-opening victory over Texas Tech.
She averaged 17.1 points, 6.4 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 steals per contest. Deer also scored 1,000 career points and dished a minimum 400 assists, becoming just the second player in Texas State history to do so.
“Taeler Deer receiving Sunbelt Conference Player of the Year is not only an honor for Taeler, but it is an honor for Texas State University and our program,” Texas State Head Coach Zenarae Antoine said in a press release. “Taeler is a team first player and it is not a mistake that she led the SBC in assists and was ranked nationally as well. It is a great day to be a Bobcat!”
Leavitt was given to the Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference honors. She averaged 19.6 points per contest against Sun Belt Conference opponents. She is also on pace to break the NCAA record for most three-pointers in a single season, knocking down 125 so far.
“Toshua has evolved over the course of the season both on and off the floor,” Antoine said. “It is awesome to see her efforts recognized. She is one of the premier shooters in the country who finished as the regular season second-leading scorer and is the current NCAA leader in season 3-point shots made this season.”
Texas State No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 2018 Sun Belt Conference Championship. They will take on the winner of No. 7 Coastal Carolina and No. 10 Georgia State at 5 p.m. March 8 in the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.