Berea, Ky. (February 24th, 2013) – The KIAC coaches selected Alice Lloyd College forward Ariel Nickell as the conference player of the year and Point Park University head coach Tony Grenek as the conference coach of the year, conference officials announced Sunday, February 24th.
Ariel Nickell led Alice Lloyd to a 17-10 overall record and a 10-5 conference record. Nickell ranked near the top in several conference statistical categories and was also near the top nationally. The junior forward led the KIAC and NAIA Division II with 25.96 points per game. She led the conference and was second in the nation with 12.68 rebounds per game. Nickell also was 5th in the conference in field goal percentage (46.2), 3rd in steals per game (2.28) and 8th in blocks per game (0.72). The Eagles entered the KIAC Tournament as the No. 2 seed.
Point Park head coach Toney Grenek was named the KIAC Coach of the Year. Grenek led the Pioneers to a 22-6 overall record and claimed the conference regular season championship with an 11-4 conference record. Point Park is ranked No. 29 in the latest NAIA Division II women’s basketball coaches’ poll after receiving 23 votes.
Alice Lloyd College sophomore Carla Booth was named the KIAC Newcomer of the Year. Booth ranked 4th in the KIAC with 17.67 points per game and 2nd with 4.22 assists per game.
Player of the Year
Ariel Nickell, Alice Lloyd College
Coach of the Year
Tony Grenek, Point Park University
Newcomer of the Year
Carla Booth, Alice Lloyd College
Pos Name Class School Hometown
F Ariel Nickell JR Alice Lloyd Claiborne, Tn.
G Heather Wheat SO IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
G Trenia Barbee SR Asbury Detroit, Mich.
G Carla Booth SO Alice Lloyd Warfield, KY
G Laura Carroll SR Asbury Paintsville, Ky.
F Ja'Nia McPhatter SO Point Park New Castle, Pa.
G Ashmere Woods SR IU Southeast Louisville, Ky.
G Jillian Jones FR Brescia Owensboro, Ky.
C Olivia Moore JR Brescia Louisville, KY
G Emily Schartner SR Point Park Finleyville, Pa.