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Three Patriots Athletes Named NAIA DI Basketball Scholar Athletes

The University of the Cumberlands (UC) basketball programs had their fair share of success on the floor this season. Both teams brought home the Mid-South Conference (MSC) Tournament championships and both made appearances in the NAIA National Championship tournaments. That is a great thing to have in your athletics programs, but they also had their share of success in the classrooms.

The NAIA has announced the Division I Men’s and Women’s Basketball 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. 182 student-athletes (127 women, 55 men) from all over the nation have been named to the team, three of which were selected from the University of the Cumberlands. Seniors Matt Daniel (Morehead, KY), Lauren Wombles (London, KY), and Haley Ratliff (Pikeville, KY) were named NAIA Scholar-Athletes, maintaining a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and a junior academic status.

Matt Daniel, a senior guard for the Patriots, who averaged 14.0 points per game along with 3.9 rebounds, was also honored as an Academic All-Conference selection, as well being named a Mid-South Conference first team player this season.

“He’s well deserving of the award,” Head Coach Donnie Butcher said. “He’s an example of how people should be on the floor and off it. It is a true indication of how his parents have raised him.”

Lauren Wombles, a senior guard for the Patriot ladies, accomplished astounding honors on the floor over her career, becoming the all-time leading scorer and rebounder in the history of Cumberlands Women’s basketball. She was also named the 2012 Mid-South Conference Player of the Year, was selected as an Academic All-Conference selection, and most recently was named a WBCA All-American. This is her second straight season being named to the NAIA Scholar-Athlete team.

Haley Ratliff, a senior guard for the Patriot Ladies, averaged 9.6 points per game as well as dished out 2.4 assists this season. She was not only a part of the women’s Mid-South Conference Championship this season, but she also was selected to the Mid-South Academic All-Conference team, as well as an Honorable Mention All-Conference member.

“Lauren and Haley are great examples of the types of young women we want in our program,” Assistant Coach Doug Carter said. “They are mature, hard working on and off the court and are great role models for our team.

The men’s team finished the season with a 20-12 record overall and a 9-7 record in the MSC. The women’s team finished year at 28-4 overall with a 14-2 MSC record.

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