VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Jayla Harris of the Virginia Wesleyan University women's basketball team has been named a First Team All-State member by the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID). This is her third time in her career earning All-State honors, but the first time she has been named to the top team (Second Team in 2016-17 and 2017-18).
Harris had a tremendous senior year, setting career-highs in nearly every statistical category. Over the course of the season, the guard averaged 21.1 points which not only topped every player in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) but also ranked ninth in all of Division III. Out of her 26 games played, Harris hit the 20-point mark in 16 games and the 30-point mark in three games. The Fredericksburg, Va. native also made her way into the VWU record books as she eclipsed the career points mark of 1,910 set by Amy Simpson 33 years ago. Harris finishes out her career with 1,931 points.
Her actions have not gone unnoticed this year either as Harris has received numerous awards. The senior was tabbed a First Team All-ODAC member for the third time in her career as well as being named the conference's Player of the Year (just the second Marlin to ever earn the accolade). She was named the South Region's Player of the Year by D3hoops.com as well, leading to her Third Team All-America selection a little while later.
In her final moment of Marlins basketball, Harris was one of 20 players across Division III selected to play in the Women Basketball Coaches Association's (WBCA) Division III All-Star Game which was played on Saturday in Salem, Va.