Oskaloosa–Alyssa Phillips (Jr., Gurnee, Ill., Communications) was the best shooter in the nation and she was rewarded for her accomplishments as the 2015-2016 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-America teams were announced Thursday.
Phillips was named to the Honorable-Mention team, one of 43 players to receive that laurel. Ten players each were honored on the first, second, and third squads. It is the first national honor of her collegiate career.
Lindsey Burd of Campbellsville (Ky.) was named the WBCA-NAIA National Player of the Year, while Our Lady of the Lake’s (Texas) Christopher Minner earned WBCA-NAIA Coach of the Year honors. Jon Lewis of national champion MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) was named as the NAIA Coach of the Year.
Phillips becomes the 18th All-American in program history and the first since the 2012-2013 campaign. She helped William Penn to a 14-17 overall record, including a 10-12 mark in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.
Phillips led the entire nation in field-goal percentage at 60.4%, knocking down 174 of her 288 shots. She also averaged team highs in points (14.0) and blocks (51) in addition to averaging 7.1 rebounds per game with 33 steals and 22 assists.
The forward ranked 16th in NAIA Division I in total blocks as well and 17th in blocks per game (1.6).
Her shooting percentage was third on the program’s single-season list, while her 180 free-throw attempts ranked fifth.
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Story provided by Wade Steinlage