WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. - The University of the Cumberlands (UC) Women’s Basketball Team has had numerous honors throughout the year as a team. This time around, it was the play of one certain Patriot throughout the year that earned this Patriot an honor of her own.
Adding to her collection of prestigious honors, University of the Cumberlands senior basketball player Lauren Wombles (London, KY) received yet another award to add to her trophy case. With already a Mid-South Conference Player of the Year award, as well as multiple school records, Wombles was named to the State Farm WBCA All American team on Tuesday night at the 32nd Annual Banquet of Champions for the NAIA National Championship in Frankfort, Kentucky. Wombles is only the second player in the Cumberlands Women's basketball history to be named to the All-American team, the other being Nicole LaVan.
"When they announced my name it was very exciting, overwhelming actually," Wombles said. "I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest."
Wombles, who is the all-time leading scorer in Cumberland history, as well as the leading rebounder, has been to the National Tournament 3 out of her 4 year career at Cumberland. Wombles has scored 2,063 points in her career, grabbed 919 rebounds, dished out 204 assists, as well as tallied up 260 steals.
"There are certain times when players stand out and Lauren Wombles has definitely stood out for the past four years," Head Coach Melissa Irvin said "She is proof that you can have a great team and great individuals within that team still."
The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) was founded in 1981 and is based in Lilburn, Ga. The mission of the WBCA is to promote women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport of women's basketball and to foster and promote the development of the game of basketball as a sport for women and girls.
Members are comprised of collegiate, high school, junior high school, club, youth, national, international and Olympic coaches. Other members include former players, members of the media, sports information directors, officials and fans of the sport. The WBCA is committed to servicing its members and helping to grow women's basketball by providing education, networking opportunities, information and news, legislative updates, and serving as the voice of the membership to the NCAA.