SIOUX CITY, Iowa - The NAIA has announced that 178 Division II Women's Basketball student-athletes have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and three members from Union made the grade. Seniors Laura Perkins and Lindsey Waters and junior Marah Rice all received the honor.
The three honorees are the most the Lady Bulldogs have ever had. Union had two Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes twice before in 2008 and 2012.
Davenport (Mich.), Morningside (Iowa), Olivet Nazarene (Ill.), Rochester (Mich.), Saint Mary (Kan.) and Tennessee Wesleyan tied for the lead amongst all institutions with five honorees.
For Perkins, this is the second time she has received this award, while this is the first time for both Waters and Rice.
Perkins, a 5-foot-7 guard from Myra, Ky., played in 31 games - starting 21, and averaged 5.1 points and 2.8 rebounds per game this season. She also had 53 assists and 36 steals to her credit. Perkins netted a season-high 16 points versus St. Andrews (N.C.) on Nov. 28. Perkins was also named to the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 College Division Team.
Waters, a 6-foot-1 center from Stearns, Ky., led the team in scoring (16.2 points per game), rebounding (9.9 rebounds per game) and blocks (92). She broke her single-season record for blocks and finished her career with 174. Waters also ranks 12th on the Lady Bulldog all-time scoring list (1,152 career points) and fifth all-time in rebounding (653 career rebounds). She was named the AAC Co-Player of the Year and made the All-AAC First Team, AAC All-Defensive Team, AAC All-Academic Team, CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 College Division Team and CoSIDA Academic All-America College Division Second Team.
Rice, a 5-foot-9 guard/forward from Scottsville, Ky., averaged 2.5 points and 1.2 rebounds per game. She also had 24 assists and 12 steals to her credit. Rice scored a season-high 10 points against Columbia (S.C.) on Jan. 12. She was also named to the Appalachian Athletic Conference All-Academic Team and the CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 College Division Team.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.