Women’s Basketball Places Two on SoCon All-Tournament Team
GREENSBORO, N.C. – After helping UNCG advance to the semifinal round of the Southern Conference Tournament for the first time since 2006, freshmen Mangela Ngandjui (Upper Marlboro, Md./Riverdale Baptist) and Nadine Soliman (Cairo, Egypt/Mokattam Language School) have been selected to the SoCon All-Tournament Team, both landing on the Second Team.
Ngandjui and Soliman are the first Spartans to be tabbed to the all-tournament team since Lakiah Hyson’s second team nod in 2010. It is the first time that UNCG has had multiple players make the team since the 2005-06 season, when Kristen Boone, Irene Otamiri and KaLeah Latham received the honor.
UNCG is the only team with multiple members of the all-tournament team that did not compete in Sunday’s SoCon Championship Game. Chattanooga’s Jasmine Joyner was named the tournament’s most valuable player.
Ngandjui saved her best performance of the season for Thursday’s tournament opener against five seed Furman, pouring in 19 points and 12 rebounds, both career-highs for the freshman. The performance was good for the Maryland native’s first-career double-double in Blue and Gold. She added eight points and a pair of boards in Friday’s semifinal game against the Mocs.
Soliman had an uncharacteristic off night in the quarterfinals, scoring six points and grabbing four rebounds in the Spartan win. However, the freshman guard made up for it against Chattanooga, leading all scorers with 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting, knocking down three-of-seven attempts from behind the arc.