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2015-16 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-Americans Announced

Olivet Nazarene
March 17, 2016
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By Colbi Howser, Communications and Sports Information Intern

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2016 Division II Women’s Basketball All-America Teams on Thursday. Olivet Nazarene’s (Ill.) Abbey Hengesbach was named the NAIA National Player of the Year.

Hengesbach – a second team selection last year – spearheaded the Tigers 29-6 season and team’s first quarterfinal appearance at the national championship. The Westphalia Mich., native is the first Olivet athlete to earn the Player of the Year honor since the award was established in 1998. The senior guard led the Tigers in scoring in 2015-16 at 22.7 points per contest (681 total points in 30 games). She also ranked first in steals (225), steal per game (3.4) and assists per game (7.5). Hengesbach hit double-digit figures in all 30 games this year, including four 30-plus point showings.

College of Saint Mary (Neb.) center Deaundra Young, Nicki Monahan, IU Northwest (Ind.) and Brooke Ridley, Saint Francis (Ind.) highlights the repeat selections from last season. All three standouts are making their second-straight appearance on the first and third team.

Ridley, who was named to the third team last year now sees her name on the list of first team players. The senior led her team in points per contest at 20.3 in 28 games played. She also had NAIA-highs in points in a single tilt (43 against Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) on Nov 11, 2015), and also made 17 field goals in the same game.

Following the conclusion of the national championship final game, Marian (Ind.) head coach Katie Gearlds was named Coach of the Year. Gearlds, who is in her 3rd season with the Knights, guided her team to a 32-6 record en route the national title. The third-ranked team out of the Naismith Bracket took home the title after beating the lone No. 1 seed Southern Oregon, 59-48.

2015-16 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-Americans

First Team:

Name School Position Class Hometown
Deaundra Young College of Saint Mary (Neb.) C Sr. Mims, Fla.
Alex, Kneeland Mount Marty (S.D.) G Sr. Summit, S.D.
Jessica Tietz Morningside (Iowa) F Sr. Bancroft, Neb.
Abbey Hengesbach Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) G Sr. Westphalia, Mich.
Kara Krolicki Saint Xavier (Ill.) G So. Mokena, Ill.
Lakan Hasser-Smith Marian (Ind.) G Sr. Lafayette, Ind.
Brooke Ridley Saint Francis (Ind.) C Sr. Fort Wayne, Ind.
Ashley Claussen Southern Oregon G Sr. Santa Cruz, Calif.
Jessica Buck Jamestown (N.D.) F Sr. Burnsville, Minn.
Shann Sellers Friends (Kan.) G Jr. Dallas, Texas

Second Team:

Name School Position Class Hometown
Christin Strawbridge Southeastern (Fla.) F Jr. Lakeland, Fla.
Brandy Uchtman College of the Ozarks (Mo.) F Sr. Fordland, Mo.
Charnelle Reed St. Francis (Ill.) G Jr. Chicago Heights, Ill.
Erica Herrold Dakota Wesleyan (S.D.) F Jr. Dimock, S.D.
Miranda Palmer Huntington (Ind.) G Jr. Arcadia, Ohio
Sophia Sears Goshen (Ind.) G Jr. Paoli, Ind.
Julie Whitfill Brescia (Ky.) G Sr. Hardinsburgh, Ky.
Tena Loewen Tabor (Kan.) F Jr. Hillsboro, Kan.
Becca Sabol Madonna (Mich.) F So. Shelby Township, Mich.
Alex Law Davenport (Mich.) G Sr. Grand Haven, Mich.

Third Team:

Name School Position Class Hometown
Tia King Indiana East G So. Indianapolis, Ind.
Jessi Corrick Briar Cliff (Iowa) G So. Esko, Minn.
Karly LeVeque Oregon Tech G Sr. West Linn, Ore.
Halie Butler Lawrence Tech University (Mich.) F Sr. Fairport Harbor, Ohio
Cassidy Deno Purdue Calumet (Ind.) G Jr. Otterbein, Ind.
Kelsey Key Indiana Wesleyan G Jr. Anderson, Ind.
Sydney Greiner St. Ambrose (Iowa) G Sr. Washington, Iowa
Nicki Monahan Indiana Northwest G Jr. Portage, Indiana
Gabby Williams Goshen (Ind.) C Jr. Minooka, Ill.
Teeka, Thompson Hastings (Neb.) G Sr. Columbia Heights, Minn.

Honorable Mention:
Name School Position Class Hometown
Haley Cook Indiana Tech G So. Noblesville, Ind.
Lindsey Hernden Madonna (Mich.) G So. Romeo, Mich.
Kendall Bradbury Taylor (Ind.) F Fr. Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Bra'shey Ali Thomas (Ga.) F Sr. Plainfield, N.J.
Ashley Romig Ottawa (Kan.) C Jr. Waverly, Kan.
Jordyn Miller Southwestern (Kan.) F So. Wichita, Kan.
Hailey Davis Sterling (Kan.) G Jr. Haven, Kan.
Kristen Ward Johnson & Wales (Colo.) G Sr. Thornton, Colo.
Tyler Sumpter Haskell Indian Nations (Kan.) F So. Nixon, Nev.
Hannah Wisdom College of the Ozarks (Mo.) G Jr. Urbana, Mo.
Kassidy, DeJong Northwestern (Iowa) G Fr. Hospers, Iowa
Lexi, Ackerman Morningside (Iowa) G Jr. Rock Rapids, Iowa
Jessica Almeida Marian (Ind.) G Jr. Lisbon, Portugal
Catie Fletcher Asbury (Ky.) G Sr. Versailles, Ky.
Jordan Klembaum Eastern Oregon G Sr. Oregon City, Ore.
Jade Lowrey Corban (Ore.) G Sr. Oregon City, Ore.
Carly Meister Southern Oregon C Sr. Elma, Wash.
Megan Klein Dickinson State (N.D.) C Jr. Killdeer, N.D.
Haley Froelich Presentation (S.D.) G Jr. Lemmon, S.D.
Emily Neitzel Cardinal Stritch (Wis.) G Sr. Lomira, Wis.
Mikayla Leyden Saint Xavier (Ill.) G Jr. Chicago, Ill.
Devan Griffin St. Ambrose (Iowa) F Sr. Moline, Ill.
Dereese Owens Point (Ga.) G Jr. Nashville, Tenn.
Courtney Danna UC Merced (Calif.) G Jr. San Jose, Calif.
Jamesha Willis St. Thomas (Fla.) G Sr. Palatka, Fla.
April Watson Siena Heights (Mich.) F Jr. Detroit, Mich.

Championship Information

NAIA DII Women's Basketball Championship
Sports Rules - Basketball DII (W)