Tahlequah Daily Press

April 3, 2013

NSU’s Lewis earns 2nd All-American accolade

NSU briefs

From Staff reports

— Northeastern State’s Taylor Lewis was named a 2013 Women’s Division II Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The senior guard from Broken Arrow picks up her second All-American accolade, as she was also recently named to the 2013 WBCA Division II Coaches’ All-American Honorable Mention team.

Lewis adds to her already impressive resume that includes MIAA Co-Player of the Year accolades and spots on the Daktronics All-Central Region Second Team and the All-MIAA First Team.

All but one member of the All-MIAA First Team earned Honorable Mention All-America accolades. Those joining Lewis were Washburn’s Laura Kinderknecht, Central Missouri’s Keauna Flax, and Pittsburg State’s Lizzy Jeronimus,

Lewis finished third in the league in scoring at 16.5 points per game and reached double figures in all but two games. She also averaged 18.1 ppg during league contests.

She led the entire MIAA and finished third in the nation in free-throw percentage (.899). She also led the MIAA in three-point field goals made per game (3.0) and three-point field goal percentage (.423). She finished seventh and eighth in the nation, respectively, in those two categories.

Lewis led Northeastern State (19-8, 14-4 MIAA) to a second-place tie in its inaugural season in the MIAA.

NSU’s Bryton Hobbs named Honorable Mention All-American

Northeastern State’s Bryton Hobbs was named a 2013 Division II Bulletin All-American Honorable Mention, the organization announced on Tuesday.

The junior guard from St. Louis earned his first career All-American accolade after leading the RiverHawks back to the NCAA 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 Division II Bulletin All-American accolades was Washburn’s Will McNeill (Second Team),

Hobbs finished fifth in the conference in assists (4.9 per game) and first in minutes played (34.5). He scored in double figures in all but two games and reached the 20-point plateau 10 times.

He has also received postseason accolades from the NABC (All-Central Region First Team), Daktronics (All-Central Region Second Team) and the MIAA (All-MIAA First Team).

Northeastern State (19-9) tied for third in the MIAA with a 12-6 record after the team was selected in the preseason to finish 14th. NSU’s season ended with a 70-57 loss to Winona State in the first round of the NCAA touranment.

NSU alters spring slate

Northeastern State’s softball team moved its doubleheader at Central Oklahoma from Wednesday to April 10. The game had to be moved because of rainfall in the Edmond area.

The same reason was given for NSU’s baseball team having to move its doubleheader with Pittsburg State from Wednesday to Thursday. The two teams will meet in Pittsburg, Kan., on Thursday at 2 p.m.

NSU women finish 3rd in Arizona

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. — The Northeastern State women's golf team improved four positions to claim third place in Tuesdays's final round of the Grand Canyon Invitational. The tournament was held at the 6,000 yard, par-70 Parkland Course of the Wigwam Resort.

The RiverHawks improved their overall score posted an eight-stroke improvement from the first round to the final round (323-315=638) and fired the second-lowest round of the day. Tournament host Grand Canyon, ranked No. 8 in the country, took first place with a two-round score of 619 (310-309). No. 2 St. Edward's placed second (305-323=628), 10 strokes ahead of NSU.

“This is the one of the biggest and strongest NCAA Division II fields of the year, and we were able to show that we can compete with some of the best programs in the nation,” NSU coach Scott Varner said. “We are currently receiving votes in the national polls, and hopefully this performance will get us back in the top 25 rankings.”

NSU was led in scoring by senior Kelsey Kirkpatrick, who fired the day's lowest round of 73 to leapfrog 25 spots and finish tied for eighth at 11-over-par 155 (82-73). Kirkpatrick tied with Sarah McComish and Dani O'Keefe CSU-Chico State.

Senior Whitney McAteer (77-82) and freshman McCandren Lewis (82-77) both tied for 16th at 15-over 159.

Northeastern State will next play in the Augustana Invitational April 13-14 at the Prairie Green Golf Course in Sioux Falls, S.D.