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2015-16 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams Announced

March 24, 2016
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By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications and Sports Information

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2015-16 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams Thursday. Players were selected by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee. Each team – first, second and third – consists of 10 individuals.

Campbellsville’s (Ky.) Lindsey Burd highlights the honorees, as the senior forward was selected as the 2016 NAIA National Player of the Year. Burd is the second Lady Tiger in program history to earn the honor since the award’s inception in 1998. Former Campbellsville standout Whitney Ballinger, who was a co-winner in 2010 and 2011, is the other.

Burd ended the season ranked among the top five nationally in total scoring (601) and total rebounds (309). The Hardyville, Ky., native averaged 17.2 points and 8.8 rebounds – both team-highs – on the year. Burd, who ends her career with 1,381 points and 902 rebounds, played a vital role in the Lady Tigers success this season, which culminated in a trip to the quarterfinals of the 2016 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship. She was named to the All-Tournament Team after averaging 19 points and 9.7 rebounds in three games at the championship.

MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) head coach Jon Lewis was named the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year. Lewis, who is in his fifth season with the program, led the Pioneers to their first-ever national championship with a 49-35 win over Heart of America Athletic Conference rival Baker (Kan.). Lewis owns a 142-28 (.835) career record at MidAmerica Nazarene.

Prior to the national championship, Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) head coach Christopher Minner was named Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA). This award is voted upon by a selection committee coordinated by the WBCA.

Minner led the Saints to both a Red River Athletic Conference regular season and tournament crown en route to the program’s fifth appearance in the national championship. Our Lady of the Lake, which finished the season with a 30-3 record, held a then-NAIA-best 30-game winning streak – four wins shy of tying the national record – before falling in the second round of the national championship.

Four programs had multiple players earn All-America status, led by three players from Westmont (Calif.) – Krissy Karr (first team), Aysia Shellmire (second team) and Lauren McCoy (third team). Central Methodist (Mo.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) and Vanguard (Calif.) all landed two each.

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2016 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams
First Team        
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Jatoria Carter Auburn Montgomery (Ala.) G Sr. Montgomery, Ala.
Lindsey Burd % Campbellsville (Ky.) F Sr. Hardyville, Ky.
DaJonee Hale Central Methodist (Mo.) G So. Anchorage, Alaska
Taleeah Cross Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) G Jr. South Fulton, Tenn.
Megan Balcom MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) G Sr. Olathe, Kan.
Natalee Faupel Montana State-Northern G Jr. Butte, Mont.
Taylor Hamilton Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) G Sr. Fairfield, Calif.
Ali Zieverink * Shawnee State (Ohio) F Sr. West Chester, Ohio
Melissa Norman Vanguard (Calif.) C Sr. Elk Grove, Calif.
Krissy Karr * Westmont (Calif.) G Sr. Anaheim, Calif.
         
Second Team        
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Chayla Rutledge * Benedictine (Kan.) F Sr. Stockton, Mo.
Erin Legel * Great Falls (Mont. G Sr. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Caelyn Orlandi Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) G Jr. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Chanel Roberts * Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) F Jr. Radcliffe, Ky.
Jamie Jackson Lyon (Ark.) G Jr. Beebe, Ark.
Daniela Wallen Oklahoma City F Jr. Caracas, Venezuela
Bianca Cubello The Master's (Calif.) F Jr. Riverside, Calif.
Samantha Doucette * Vanguard (Calif.) F Sr. Irvine, Calif.
Stephanie Afunugo Wayland Baptist (Texas) F Sr. Plano, Texas
Aysia Shellmire Westmont (Calif.) F Jr. Burbank, Calif.
         
Third Team        
Name Institution Pos. Class Hometown
Shamon Pearson Bethel (Tenn.) G So. Ridgely, Tenn.
Katie Estey Carroll (Mont.) G Sr. Spokane, Wash.
Alissa Campanero Central Methodist (Mo.) G Sr. San Diego, Calif.
Corri Hamilton Columbia (Mo.) F Sr. Fulton, Mo.
Chelsey Hall * Cumberland (Tenn.) G Sr. Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Brittany Tackett Lewis-Clark State (Idaho) F So. Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
Kourtney Pennywell * LSU Shreveport (La.) F Jr. Shreveport, La.
Shakeena Benton Talladega (Ala.) G Sr. Long Beach, Calif.
Lauren McCoy Westmont (Calif.) F So. Arcata, Calif.
Whitney Gathright Xavier (La.) G Sr. New Orleans, La.

* 2015 All-American
% 2016 National Player of the Year

Honorable Mention  
Name Institution
Madison Austin Arizona Christian
Reggotta Craig Auburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Macy Wallisch Baker (Kan.)
Jackliann Street Bethel (Tenn.)
Bryana Davis Blue Mountain (Miss.)
Emily Fox Campbellsville (Ky.)
Cassidy Hashley Carroll (Mont.)
Petrolina Chilaka Columbia (Mo.)
Randi Lee Plunkett Culver-Stockton (Mo.)
Nicole Bowers Cumberland (Tenn.)
LaTeesha DeLoach Cumberlands (Ky.)
Kyeshia Dawkins Edward Waters College (Fla.)
Faite LeGate Faulkner (Ala.)
Stevonna Scott Fisk (Tenn.)
Kenley Crowell Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Jessica Foster Georgetown (Ky.)
Nneka Nnadi Great Falls (Mont.)
Morgan Winkler Hannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)
Baily Cameron John Brown (Ark.)
Che'Ron Lewis Langston (Okla.)
T'Keya Mason Langston (Okla.)
Briana Oglesby Loyola (La.)
Carina Jackson Lyon (Ark.)
Brionna Taylor Martin Methodist (Tenn.)
Kelli Tolar Mid-America Christian (Okla.)
Jasmine Webb MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Deidra McCoy Missouri Valley
Starla Daggan Mobile (Ala.)
Kali Koenig Mobile (Ala.)
Jacy Thompson Montana State-Northern
Aniese Palmore Montana Western
Sonji Green Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Latice Butler Park (Mo.)
Aundrea Matchen Pikeville (Ky.)
Whitney Mitchell Rocky Mountain (Mont.)
Ashton Lovely Shawnee State (Ohio)
Rayvin Miller Southern-New Orleans (La.)
Maranda Janz Southwestern Christian (Okla.)
Katelynn Threats Texas Wesleyan
Megan Lindsley The Master's (Calif.)
Laura Castillo Wayland Baptist (Texas)
Alyssa Phillips William Penn (Iowa)
Julia Wells William Woods (Mo.)