Three Cal Pac Women’s Basketball Players Earn All-American Honors
Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 16, 2017
For the first time in California Pacific Conference history, three Cal Pac players earned recognition on the 2017 Division II Women's Basketball All-America teams, the NAIA announced Thursday. Conference Player of the Year Emily Moore of Benedictine-Mesa was named to the Third Team, and Antelope Valley's Aunjanay Chambers and UC Merced's Courtney Danna each were selected to the Honorable Mention team.
Moore, only a junior, led the Redhawks to the Cal Pac Championship game in their first year of competition. Moore led the Cal Pac in scoring (18.39 points per game), was second in Field Goal Pct. (.523), second in Total Rebounds per Game (8.22), fourth in Free Throw Pct. (.756), sixth in Blocks per Game (1.08), and seventh in Steals per Game (1.83). Her seven double-doubles tied her for the most in the conference this season, and a 31-point effort on Feb. 4 matched the highest scoring output in the conference this season.
The Cal Pac coaches voted Chambers as the conference Defensive Player of the Year, but she was also a key component to the Pioneers' potent offense. Chambers pulled down 8.1 rebounds this season on a team that led the NAIA Division II in Offensive Rebounds per Game (23.52) and Total Rebounds (54.24).
Danna, the Player of the Year in 2016 and a two-time All-Cal Pac First Team honoree, earns her second Honorable Mention All America recognition. This season she was the heart and soul of a gritty, balanced Bobcat team that won the conference tournament for the third consecutive season and made a third trip to the NAIA National Championships. Danna led a UCM squad that pushed No. 1 seeded Saint Francis (Ill.) to double overtime before narrowly pulling out a win. Danna ranked No. 11 in the nation in Assists per Game (4.731) and 26th in Total Assists (123).
The NAIA also announced that Saint Xavier's (Ill.) Kara Krolicki was named the NAIA National Player of the Year. Five players who were named to First, Second, or Third teams last season are back again this year. Shann Sellers of Friends (Kan.) is the only back-to-back First Team honoree after leading the NAIA in points per game (24.4), steals per game (6.5), total steals (220) and total scoring (831). Charnelle Reed of St. Francis (Ill.) and Miranda Palmer of Huntington (Ind.) both moved into the First Team after finishing last season as Second Team All-Americans. Nicki Monahan from IU Northwest (Ind.) and Tia King of IU East (Ind.) also made a jump this season into Second Team from Third in 2016.
Cornerstone head coach Kim Elders was named the NABC-NAIA Division II Coach of the Year.
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