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Waters Named AAC Player of the Year; Pile, Hill Garner All-AAC Honors Also

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Union center Lindsey Waters is the 2011-12 Appalachian Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the conference announced Monday at the tournament championship game.

Joining Waters (Stearns, Ky.) on the All-Conference Team is senior Kara Pile (Fairdale, Ky.), who made the second team. Brooke Hill (Sparta, Ky.) was also honored by the league as she landed on the All-Freshmen Team.

Waters racked up nearly every award she could. In addition to being the Player of the Year and making the All-AAC First Team, the 6-foot-1 junior made the All-Defensive Team and the All-Academic Team. Waters has led the conference in scoring (21.7), rebounding (11.3) and blocks (2.61) all season. Nationally, she ranks second in total rebounds (351), third in rebounds per game, fourth in total blocks (81), blocks per game and total scoring (678), and fifth in points per game.

The 2011-12 campaign has been a record-setting season for Waters as she has set the program’s single-season records for blocks, free throws made (188) and rebounds. She currently ranks fourth in program history in most points scored in a season and already ranks 15th on the career rebounding list.

Pile averaged 11.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game to go with 89 assists. She ranks 10th on the all-time scoring list with 1,203 career points and is 13th on the career rebounding list with 428. Pile also has 321 career assists and 155 career steals.

Hill has proven to be a solid contributor for the Lady Bulldogs off the bench, averaging 5.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. She’s been a solid defender as well, recording 24 blocks with five coming in a win at Virginia Intermont on Feb. 4.

In all, Union had six players make the All-Academic Team. Besides Waters, Pile, Kathryn Clark (Frankfort, Ky.), Jennifer Johnson (Bowling Green, Ky.), Laura Perkins (Myra, Ky.) and Marah Rice (Scottsville, Ky.) made the squad.


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