HUNTINGTON, Ind. – The Crossroads League announced its 2013-14 women’s basketball awards and among the list of honorees is four Foresters.
Senior Pazia Speed (Portland, Ind., Jay County HS) was selected First Team All-Conference. The 5-6 guard is currently averaging a team-best 17.4 points which places her third among her conference peers. A member of the Crossroads’ All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and Honorable Mention honoree as a junior, she also averages 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per outing for the Foresters this season. For her career, Speed has scored 1,414 points to claim the 11th spot in HU’s 1,000 point club.
Sophomore forward Amelia Recker (Arlington, OH, Arlington HS) earned her second All-Conference accolade in as many years by being named Second Team All-Conference this season. Named to the All-Freshmen Team last year, the Arlington, Ohio (Arlington HS) native tosses in 14.6 points (9th in the league) and grabs a team-high 7.1 rebounds (9th in the league) per night. She is shooting 53.8 percent from the field which places her 3rd in the conference and 17th in NAIA Division II in field goal percentage. To date, Recker has accumulated 693 points and 342 rebounds.
Rookie Miranda Palmer (Findlay, OH, Arcadia HS) averages 12.2 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in league play and for her efforts was named to the All-Freshmen Team. She sizzles the nets at a clip of 42.3 percent behind the arc which places her 1st in the conference, 10th in NAIA Division II in 3-point field goal percentage. The 5-6 guard has scored in double digits on 11 different occasions and posted a career high 25 points against Bethel on January 15.
Head coach Lori Culler rounds out HU’s All-Conference awards by being named Co-Coach of the Year along with Saint Francis’ Gary Andrews. Behind her leadership, the Foresters earned the No. 2 seed in the league tourney, having far exceeded the conference’s pre-season prediction of finishing 7th in the standings. To date she has posted 504 wins against 321 losses. This marks the ninth time she has been named the conference coach of the year as voted on by her peers.
The 2nd-seeded Foresters (22-7) host 7th-seeded Bethel College tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. in first round action of the Crossroads League tournament.