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Patriot senior Dace Bicane named NAIA Honorable Mention All-American

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women’s basketball program finished the 2012-2013 season on somewhat of a bittersweet note. Falling in the first round of the NAIA National tournament to the Westmont Warriors, a talented team who would later go on to win the NAIA National Championship, the Patriots fell short of their team goals for the season. However, the individual effort and talent behind one player’s journey was not overlooked as Patriot forward Dace Bicane (Riga, Latvia) was named an Honorable Mention NAIA All-American.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) officially announced the 2012-13 Division I All-Americans on Wednesday, awarding Bicane Honorable Mention status. The selections are made by the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-American Committee and comprise of a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team.

A senior forward who was a member of the Mid-South Conference Championship in 2011-12, Bicane led the Patriots in scoring and rebounding posting a near double-double with 12.0 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Starting all 30 games in which she played in, Bicane shot an impressive 53% from the field while presenting a deep-threat attack to defenders, shooting 36% from three-point range. Although Bicane was a difficult match-up for opponents on the offensive end, her defensive efforts were just as impressive, tallying 46 steals (a team high) and 8 blocks. Her leadership qualities on and off the floor also were demonstrated effectively, as Bicane was able to lead the Patriots to yet another winning record at 18-13 overall.

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