FRANKFORT, Ky. – Four members of the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team were honored Wednesday night for their prowess in the classroom by the Mid-South Conference.
The awards were presented at the annual banquet thrown by the league to honor its women’s basketball teams.
Across the conference some 39 players were named to the academic all-conference for maintaining at least a 3.25 grade point average on a 4.0 scale and being a sophomore or higher standing.
For UPike, the honors were presented to:
• Kendra Badgett, a senior from Grayson majoring in elementary education
• Brogan Conley, a sophomore from Staffordsville majoring in business administration, emphasizing accounting
• Jennifer Grant, a junior from Ponce de Leon, Fla., who majors in business administration with a triple emphasis of accounting, management and information systems
• Brittany Swindall, a sophomore from Pikeville who majors in biology
University of the Cumberlands senior forward Lauren Wombles is the 2011-12 Mid-South Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year.
Wombles is one of 10 women's basketball student-athletes to earn all-conference first-team honors as voted on by the conference coaches. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own players.
Nine more student-athletes earned All MSC Second Team for their play during the season.
In addition to Wombles, Campbellsville's Courtney Clifton and Mackenzie Lee; Cumberlands' Jade Howard; Georgetown College's Andrea Howard; Lindsey Wilson College's Ashley Rainey; Shawnee State University's Abby Ballman and Alannah Sheets; St. Catharine College's Janae Howard; and University of Virginia's College at Wise's Chelsea Cluesman earns first-team all-conference this season.
Wombles ranks in the conference's top-five in six individual categories, including leading the MSC in scoring at 19.4 points per game. She is third in the conference in field goal percentage (49.0) and free throw percentage (83.6). She finished fourth in the MSC following regular season play in rebounds (8.1) and steals (2.5) and fifth in the conference with 10 double-doubles.
Nationally, Wombles ranks fifth in scoring, 15th in free throw percentage and 24th in field goal percentage.
Lindsey Wilson's Monny Niamke was voted MSC Freshman of the Year by the league coaches after averaging 12.6 points, 3.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game during the season for the Blue Raiders.
Ballman is the Mid-South Conference's Champions of Character recipient. She earned the award -- as voted on by the conference athletics director -- for her civic and servant leadership within the campus and community.
Cumberlands' Melissa Irvin and Georgetown's Andrea McCloskey were selected by their peers as MSC Co-Coaches of the Year.
Irvin led the Patriots to a share of the MSC regular season title while McCloskey led the Tigers to a third place finish in her first year as Georgetown's coach.
The other members of the Academic All-Conference team were Campbellsville's Clifton, Lee, Katie Allen, Hayley Hellyer, Megan Issacs and Mary Jehlik; Cumberlands' Wombles, Jackie Alexander, Haley Ratliff, Thali Rodrigues and Jessica Upchurch; Georgetown's Golden, Howard, Waddle, Gina Beining, Lindsay Fultz, Lizza Jonas and Mikkah Rogers; Lindsey Wilson's Michelle Copley, Ashley Franklin, Sarah Gillis, Stacia Jo Hill, Samantha Johnson and Tiffany Williams; Rio Grande's Iliana Gonzalez; Shawnee State's Ballman and Tristan Rumfield; St. Catharine's Machera Calhoun and Reilly Poirier; and UVa.-Wise's Cluesman, Jaydee Brewer, Emily Doane, Kristin Mullins, Christine Nyobe and Charlotte Reason earned academic all-conference.