Paine College coach Selina Bynum attributes Tuesday night's banquet for her team's success Wednesday.
But not because of the food.
Bynum earned women's coach of the year honors in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference after leading her Lady Lions to a fifth-place finish during the regular season.
After Wednesday's 79-70 overtime victory over LeMoyne-Owen in the first round of the conference tournament, Paine holds an 11-16 record that is much improved from last year's 6-22 outing.
"I told our girls that the award was for us as a team because it really was," said the third-year coach. "I didn't come here expecting this, but it was a great surprise. It was a great lift for the team."
What wasn't a surprise to Bynum was the selection of Germaletta Dyson to the all-conference team. The 6-foot-1 sophomore dominated in the second half of the season, averaging 13 points per game and 10 rebounds for the season.
The Jacksonville, Fla., native was first in the conference in rebounds and second in scoring in leading the Lady Lions to a 10-16 regular season mark.
The Paine men landed two players on the all-conference squad. Guards Colin Jamerson and Yari Scott each earned a spot after averaging 16 points apiece during the season.
Reach Patrick Green at (803) 648-1395.