, Muskogee, OK

April 3, 2013

Goodrich, NSU pair get All-American mention

Phoenix staff, wire reports

— Sequoyah standout Angel Goodrich was named to the AP All-America honorable mentions on Tuesday.

Goodrich, a 5-foot-4 senior, finished her Kansas career as the school’s all-time assists leader. She averaged 14.1 points and 7.2 assists which put her fifth in Division I in that category. She was second in assists in the Big 12, which had just two players named to the top three teams — Brittney Griner and Odyssey Sims, both of Baylor, were first-team selections.

Griner averaged 23.6 points, 9.4 rebounds and was a unanimous first-team pick. Joining her was Sims (12.9 points, 5.7 assists), with Notre Dame’s Skylar Diggins, Stanford’s Chiney Oguwumike and Delaware’s Elena Delle Donne.

Oklahoma’s Aaryn Ellenberg and Oklahoma State’s Tiffany Bias also received honorable mention. Ellenberg was the Big 12’s third-leading scorer this season at 18.7 points per game and Bias was 17th at 12.0 and just behind Goodrich in assists (6.5).

Two other area players received similar honors in Division II.

Northeastern State’s Taylor Lewis  and on the men’s side, Bryton Hobbs were 2013 D-II Bulletin All-American honorable mentions, it was announced Tuesday.

For Lewis, the MIAA Co-Player of the Year who was third in the league in scoring and led in free-throw percentage and 3-point goals and percentage, it was the same tag the senior guard out  of Broken Arrow got on the WBCA D-II Coaches team.

Hobbs, a  junior guard from St. Louis, Mo., earned his first-career All-American accolade after leading the RiverHawks back to the NCAA championship tournament for the first time in 10 years. He finished third in the MIAA in scoring after averaging 18.3 points per game.

The only other player from the MIAA to earn DIIB All-American accolades was Washburn’s Will McNeill (second team),