Already named the CoSIDA NAIA Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the SSAC Player of the Year, WBCA NAIA All-American and to the National Championship All-Tournament team, the former Polk County all-stater was selected as a first-team member of The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics 2012-13 Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams on Wednesday.
Players were picked by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee.
German led the Lady Flames to a school record 34 wins against just three defeats. Lee claimed the SSAC regular season and tournament championships. The Lady Flames also became the first Lee squad to reach the final round of NAIA National Championship.
She was listed near the top in almost all NAIA offensive statistical categories and finished the season with a 19.5 scoring average. She made 101 3-point shots and converted 148-of-187 free throws attempted. Sophomore Janna Adams was named honorable mention and finished the year with a 14.9 per game average. Adams shot .485 percent from the field and made 86 of 102 free throws attempted. She averaged 9.3 rebounds and recorded 16 double-doubles.
Tugce Canitez of Westmont was selected as the NAIA National Player of the Year and Kirsten Moore of Westmont was tabbed as the Phyllis Holmes NAIA National Coach of the Year.
A key member of Westmont’s recent title run, Canitez is the first Warrior to earn the Player of the Year honor since the award was established in 1998. The senior forward from Izmir, Turkey, led the NAIA in defensive rebounds per game (9.2) and was second in points per game (21.6), total scoring (714) and total rebounds (414).
Moore received Coach of the Year honors after leading Westmont to its first-ever NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship with a 71-65 victory over Lee on Tuesday. In addition to the national title, Moore guided the Warriors to a 30-4 overall record and its second-straight Golden State Athletic Conference regular-season championship.
Barnes named to
NAIA first team
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lee University senior guard Will Barnes was honored by the The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics when he was named first-team 2012–13 Division I Men’s Basketball All-American on Wednesday.
The selections are made by the NAIA Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.
Barnes averaged 20 points per game for coach Tommy Brown’s 29-4 club that earned a share of the SSAC regular-season title and advanced to the second round of the NAIA National Tournament. Barnes shot over 50 percent from the field and 41 percent from beyond the 3-point line. He also made 78 percent of his free throws.
Jamorris Gaines, who joined the Lee team at the semester break, was listed on the third team. Gaines averaged almost 15 points and five rebounds per game. He shot 48 percent overall and 42 percent from 3-point range.
As part of the national championship title run, Georgetown’s (Ky.) Vic Moses earned the NABC-Division I Men’s Basketball National Player of the Year honor. He is the first Tiger to win the award since the awards program started in 1994. The forward from Lexington, Ky., led the NAIA in field goal percentage (.669), was third in rebounding (9.7), 30th in blocks per game (1.16) and 31st in scoring (17.1). His 18 season double-doubles fell one shy of the NAIA individual best. He rattled through the national championship with 17.0 points and 13.6 rebounds while shooting 56 percent. Moses was a 2011 NAIA Second Team All-American.
Chris Briggs of Georgetown (Ky.) was named the 2012 –13 Rawlings-NAIA National Coach of the Year. He led the Tigers to their second national championship in school history and first since 1998. During a 28-8 campaign, Briggs had the program rank in the NAIA’s top 10 in numerous statistical categories, including second in blocks per game (4.6) and rebounding margin (plus-10.0), sixth in scoring offense (84.4) and field goal percentage (.491) . He wrapped up his second season as head coach with a 54-17 record.
Briggs is the third Georgetown coach since the awards were first given in 1954, joining Bob Davis (1959) and Jim Reid (1994 and 1996).