Matchen earns All-American nod

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PIKEVILLE – Aundrea Matchen became the fourth University of Pikeville women’s basketball player to be named an NAIA All-American, the All-America Committee announced on Thursday.

Matchen, a sophomore from Louisville, was an honorable-mention selection. The committee also selected three 10-member all-America teams.

Matchen joins Khalilah Quigley (2015), Amanda Collins (2001-03) and Teccoa Gallion (2003) as the only all-Americans in program history. Last season, Quigley was the first recipient in 12 years.

During the historical 2015-16 season, which ended with Pikeville’s first trip to the Fab Four and a school-record 26 wins, Matchen led the team in scoring at an NAIA 34th best 15.3 points per game. She also had the 11th most points in the nation at 519 and shot over 46 percent from the field.

During a trip to Puerto Rico, Matchen recorded a career-high 37 points on 17-of-29 shooting, and pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds at Cumberland (Tenn.) late in the season.

Matchen also led the team on the glass with nearly seven rebounds per game on her way to also being named a First Team All Mid-South Conference selection and earning the program’s first NAIA National Player of the Week award on Jan. 12 after leading the Bears past then-No. 25 Lindsey Wilson and then-No. 18 Cumberland.

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