The 2013-14 Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women's Basketball season has come to close with Trevecca Nazarene University claiming its second-straight regular-season title in as many years of G-MAC basketball. The 2013-14 G-MAC Women's Basketball Championships will begin on Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee, and as the teams prepare, the conference office has released the 2013-14 All-Conference Teams and individual awards winners.
The coaches submitted nominations and selected the five-member First and Second All-Conference teams, and identified a six-member Honorable Mention squad. In addition to the All-Conference teams, the coaches named a Freshman of the Year, Coach of the Year, and a Player of the Year.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Women's Coach of the Year
GARY VAN ATTA - Trevecca Nazarene University
Coach of the Year honors once again go to the top seeded Trojans Head Coach for the second-straight year, as Gary Van Atta guided his squad to another G-MAC regular-season title.
Van Atta, who is in his ninth season at Trevecca Nazarene, finished the 2013-14 season with a record of 17-8 to improve to 188-92 in his career at TNU. The Trojans started off the season going back and forth in the win-loss column as they were 5-6 after 11 games, but were 2-0 in the conference with two early December G-MAC contests. After the new year holiday break, TNU began conference play and started a stretch in which they won nine out of ten games, finished the 2014 portion of the schedule with only two losses (12-2).
Van Atta and Trevecca Nazarene will be looking to capture the G-MAC Tournament Championship after falling in the finals last year. This is TNU's final year in the reclassifying process from the NAIA into the NCAA Division II. With approval from the membership committee, TNU will be active in 2014-15 and eligible for the NCAA DII Tournament.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Women's Player of the Year
KARLY RHOADS - Guard
Senior - Kentucky Wesleyan College
Karly Rhoads, who earned Athlete of the Week honors in January as the conference season kicked off, finished the season as one of the best all-around players in the league. She averaged a team-high 14.2 points per game, which was fifth in the conference.
She was fourth in the conference with a 52.4 shooting percentage, but was highest among shooters who put up more than 200 shot attempts on the season. She also ranked in the top ten in the G-MAC in assists, ranking eighth with 3.4 per game, and in free throw percentage, ranking second at 81.5% - only 0.1% behind the conference leader Inkera Patterson (Salem International).
Rhoads led her team in scoring ten times this season, and twice in rebounds. In conference play, her scoring average raised to 14.7 points per game, as did her ranking as she was sixth in scoring in G-MAC play. She had four games scoring 20 or more points, including a season- and career-high 32 points against Davis & Elkins in January on 10-13 shooting, which included 5-6 from long range and going 7-7 from the free throw line. This performance was a driving force behind her Athlete of the Week selection.
Rhoads finishes her career at KWC with 1,146, though will look to add to the total over the next weekend in her final games in her collegiate career. She is just ten points away from moving into the top-ten all-time at KWC. In fact, ninth and tenth place in the career scoring leaders are tied with 1,156. So with 11 points scored, she would move into ninth place.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: Women's Freshman of the Year
ERICA HUBER - Guard
Freshman - Ursuline College
Erica Huber was named G-MAC Athlete of the Week twice this season, including the first week of the season and then again in mid-January. The freshman averaged 13.3 points per game this season, which ranked seventh in the league. She did so converting on only 86 field goals made, 40 of which came from beyond the arc. She scored over a third of her points from the free throw line, converting 135 attempts.
Huber directed the Arrows offense, ranking second in the conference with 4.3 assists per game (113 total). Her 135 free throws made led the conference by a wide margin, making 25 more than Jorden Lykes (D&E), the only other player with more than 100 made. Defensively, she ranked sixth with 1.7 steals a game, 44 total which ranked fifth overall.
In G-MAC play, her performances improved as she gained more experience later in the season. Her scoring average improved to 15.0 points a game, ranking fifth in the conference. She remained second in assists, but improved slightly with 4.8 per game.
Huber led the team in scoring six times this season, and five times she scored 20 or more points. Her season-high came against Ohio Valley as she scored 24 in the win. In the game she also grabbed seven rebounds, had seven assists and four steals, a driving force behind her Athlete of the Week honor.
The Great Midwest Athletic Conference also announced the All-Conference First, Second, and Honorable Mention teams prior to the start of the Women's Basketball Championships. Below is a list of the All-Conference honors, which were nominated and voted upon by the G-MAC coaches.
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference First Team
KAYLA JENERETTE Cedarville University Guard Senior
KARLY RHOADS Kentucky Wesleyan College Guard Senior
JORDEN LYKES Davis & Elkins College Forward Senior
KACI BRITT BELL Trevecca Nazarene University Forward Junior
RAEGAN RYAN Cedarville University Guard Junior
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference Second Team
ANNA MITCHELL Trevecca Nazarene University Forward Senior
EMMA RICKETTS Ursuline College Forward Junior
TAJANEE WELLS Ursuline College Forward Freshman
JORDANNE GAMBILL Kentucky Wesleyan College Forward Junior
STEPHANIE WOOTEN Davis & Elkins College Guard Freshman (R)
Great Midwest Athletic Conference: All-Conference Honorable Mention
ERICA HUBER Ursuline College Guard Freshman
KAYLA LINKOUS Cedarville University Forward Sophomore
IMANI WARD Ohio Valley University Forward Freshman
DEBORAH GORDON Cedarville University Forward Junior
CHRISTINA CURTNER Trevecca Nazarene University Guard Junior
T'ESSENCE PHELPS Kentucky Wesleyan College Center Senior