PIKEVILLE – For their parts leading the University of Pikeville women’s basketball team to its first Fab Four appearance, juniors Kelah Eldridge and Kandice Porter were named to the NAIA All-Championship Team on Tuesday night.
The all-championship honors are the first for the UPIKE program which was making its fourth trip to the tournament. In the previous three trips, the Bears had lost in the first round. But this time around, Pikeville won three games to knock on the door of the national championship game.
Eldridge was a First-Team All-Championship Team selection, while Porter was a second-team choice.
The 3-point line was friendly to Eldridge, a native of Whitesburg, throughout the tournament. She nailed 11 of 22 attempts, giving her third third most makes in the tournament while shooting 50 percent from behind the arc. Over the four games played, Eldridge averaged 14.5 points and ended up with 58 points overall, good for the sixth most in the field.
Porter, a Prestonsburg native, averaged 17 points, scoring a championship second-best 68 points overall. She shot 60 percent from the field and also blocked a sixth-best seven shots.
2016 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball
Erin Legel, Great Falls (Mont.)
Kelah Eldridge, Pikeville
Ericka Simpson, Baker (Kan.)
Jami Hodge, Baker (Kan.)
Megan Balcom, MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)
Kristen Murphy, Benedictine (Kan.)
Lindsey Burd, Campbellsville
Caelyn Orlandi, Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)
Kayla Styles, Lindsey Wilson
Kandice Porter, Pikeville