KANSAS CITY, Mo. — University of Rio Grande junior guard Brianna Thomas has been named to the Honorable Mention list of the 2013-14 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America team.
The selections, which made by the NAIA-Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association All-America Committee, were announced Wednesday evening by the NAIA national office.
Thomas, a native of Maplewood, N.J., averaged 19.7 points, 5.1 assists, 3.7 steals and 3.6 rebounds per game for the RedStorm, who finished 18-13 after a loss to Georgetown College in the quarterfinal round of the Mid-South Conference Tournament.
A first team All-MSC pick, Thomas ranked second nationally in steals (115), third in steals per game, seventh in assists (157), eighth in assists per game, 11th in points (610), 12th in points per game and 12th in free throw shooting percentage (.834).
A two-time MSC Player of the Week selection and NAIA Division I National Player of the Week (Jan. 14), Thomas scored a career-high 33 points in a win over Cumberland University on Nov. 21 and had one of only two triple-double performances in the league this season with 29 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds in a win over Shawnee State on Jan. 11.
The All-America Committee selected an 11-player first-, second- and third-team, in addition to the honorable mention list.
Thomas was one of 11 players from MSC member schools to be recognized.
Vanguard (Calif.) senior point guard Nicole Ballestero was selected as the 2014 NAIA National Player of the Year. The repeat first team honoree ranked among the top 15 nationally in points per game (2nd, 22.97), free throw percentage (7th, .843), total scoring (7th, 666 points), 3-point field goal percentage (9th, .438), 3-point field goals made per game (10th, 2.79), total 3-point field goals made (13th, 81) and assist to turnover ratio (14th, 2.30).
Oklahoma City head coach Latricia Trammell was named the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Stars to their NAIA-best seventh national championship with an 80-76 win over Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Tuesday. In two years at the helm of Oklahoma City, Trammell has accumulated a 55-9 record (27-4 in 2013-14) and has guided her team to back-to-back national championship quarterfinals.