Hall, Bowers garner All-America accolades
Monday, March 28, 2016
Hall, Bowers garner All-America accolades
Chelsey Hall was named Third Team All-America and Nicole Bowers (above) garnered Honorable Mention honors, as announced last Thursday by the national office. (Credit Steve Wampler)

LEBANON, Tenn. – Cumberland’s Chelsey Hall earned Third Team NAIA All-America honors for the second straight season and Nicole Bowers was named Honorable Mention All-America, as announced by the national office late last week. Players were selected by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee.

Hall led Cumberland in scoring (12.8) and assists (3.0) this season, netting double figures 18 times. The Murfreesboro, Tenn., native garnered First Team All-Mid-South Conference accolades for the second straight season, netting 20-plus points on four occasions, including 25 points at the University of Pikeville, 24 at Georgetown College and 20 at Middle Georgia State.

She tied her career-high with 30 points at Campbellsville University in February as well. Hall ranked 10th nationally in free throw percentage (.837), leading the conference in that category.

Bowers registered a team-leading eight double-doubles during the season, averaging 12.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per outing. The Nashville, Tenn., native collected 21 points and 11 boards against Bethel University in the NAIA National Tournament and also netted 21 points versus the University of the Cumberlands in the season finale and 20 points and 10 rebounds against the University of Pikeville in the final week of the regular season.

She recorded six of her double-doubles in the last 14 games of the year, including 17 points and 17 rebounds at Georgetown College and 19 points and 10 boards at Shawnee State. The 6-foot-2 forward also collected 10 points and 14 rebounds versus Lindsey Wilson and 12 points and 12 boards at home against Georgetown. Bowers ranked second in the Mid-South Conference in rebounding and was also second in the league in free throw shooting at 75 percent.

2016 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams
First Team

Jatoria Carter, Auburn Montgomery
Lindsey Burd, Campbellsville Univ.
DaJonee Hale, Central Methodist
Taleeah Cross, Freed-Hardeman
Megan Balcom, MidAmerica Nazarene
Natalee Faupel, Montana State-Northern
Taylor Hamilton, Our Lady of the Lake
Ali Zieverink, Shawnee State
Melissa Norman, Vanguard Univ.
Krissy Karr, Westmont College

Second Team
Chayla Rutledge, Benedictine Univ.
Erin Legel, Univ. of Great Falls
Caelyn Orlandi, Lewis-Clark State
Chanel Roberts, Lindsey Wilson
Jamie Jackson, Lyon College
Daniela Wallen, Oklahoma City Univ.
Bianca Cubello, The Master’s College
Samantha Doucette, Vanguard Univ.
Stephanie Afunugo, Wayland Baptist
Aysia Shellmire, Westmont College

Third Team
Shamon Pearson, Bethel Univ.
Katie Estey, Carroll College
Alissa Campanero, Central Methodist
Corri Hamilton, Columbia College [MO]
Chelsey Hall, Cumberland Univ.
Brittany Tackett, Lewis-Clark State
Kourtney Pennywell, LSU-Shreveport
Shakeena Benton, Talladega College
Lauren McCoy, Westmont College
Whitney Gathright, Xavier Univ. [LA]

Honorable Mention
Madison Austin, Arizona Christian
Reggotta Craig, Auburn Montgomery
Macy Wallisch, Baker College
Jackliann Street, Bethel Univ.
Bryana Davis, Blue Mountain College
Emily Fox, Campbellsville Univ.
Cassidy Hashley, Carroll College
Petrolina Chilaka, Columbia College [MO]
Randi Lee Plunkett, Culver-Stockton
Nicole Bowers, Cumberland Univ.
LaTeesa DeLoach, Univ. of the Cumberlands
Kyeshia Dawkins, Edward Waters College
Faite LeGate, Faulkner Univ.
Stevonna Scott, Fisk Univ.
Kenley Crowell, Freed-Hardeman
Jessica Foster, Georgetown College
Nneka Nnadi, Univ. of Great Falls
Morgan Winker, Hannibal-LaGrange
Baily Cameron, John Brown
Che’Ron Lewis, Langston Univ.
T’Keya Mason, Langston Univ.
Briana Olgesby, Loyola Univ. [LA]
Carina Jackson, Lyon College
Brionna Taylor, Martin Methodist
Kelli Tolar, Mid-America Christian
Jasmine Webb, MidAmerica Nazarene
Deidra McCoy, Missouri Valley College
Starla Daggan, Univ. of Mobile
Kali Koenig, Univ. of Mobile
Jacy Thompson, Montana State-Northern
Aniese Palmore, Montana Western
Sonji Green, Our Lady of the Lake
Latice Butler, Park Univ.
Aundrea Matchen, Univ. of Pikeville
Whitey Mitchell, Rocky Mountain College
Ashton Lovely, Shawnee State
Rayvin Miller, Southern Univ.-New Orleans
Maranda Janz, Southwestern Christian
Katelynn Threats, Texas Wesleyan
Megan Lindsley, The Master’s College
Laura Castillo, Wayland Baptist
Alyssa Phillips, William Penn
Julia Wells, William Woods