PIKEVILLE – University of Pikeville sophomore Aundrea Matchen is a 2016 WBCA NAIA All-America Team Honorable Mention, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced on Tuesday.
Like the 10-member all-America team, the list of 20 honorable-mention selections was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is composed of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson.
Matchen, who is also an All Mid-South Conference First-Team selection, started in all 34 games for the Bears this season, scoring a team-high 15.3 points per game and pulling down a team-best 6.5 boards per contest. The Louisville native scored a career-high 37 points in a win over Olivet-Nazarene (Ill.) in November.
Third-year UPIKE head coach Joanna McNamee also earned a WBCA honor, being named a finalist for 2016 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NAIA National Coach of the Year. McNamee led the Bears to their first appearance in the NAIA Fab Four, won a program-record 26 games and had UPIKE ranked in every coaches poll of the season for the first time.
The national coach of the year award, which went to Our Lady of the Lake’s Chris Minner, was selected from a list of finalists composed of six regional coaches of the year, who were chosen by a vote of their peers in their respective WBCA membership regions.