WINONA LAKE, Ind. (March 24, 2013) – Oklahoma Christian’s long tradition of academic success within its women’s basketball program has been recognized by the National Christian College Athletic Association.
Six Lady Eagles – Logan McKee, Madison Middle, Kaitlyn Morris, Krista Stevens, Talor Ward and Andee Wayne – were on the list of NCCAA Scholar-Athletes released last week. OC tied Olivet Nazarene (Ill.) for having the most Scholar-Athletes nationally.
Last year, OC led the NAIA with six players named as Scholar-Athletes. Only once during coach Stephanie Findley’s 28-year tenure as coach have the Lady Eagles not had at least one Scholar-Athlete and this season is the ninth in which her program has had three or more Scholar-Athletes, either in the NAIA (through 2012) or the NCCAA (starting this season).
Since the 1984-85 season, 41 OC women's players have been named as an NAIA or NCCAA Scholar-Athlete at least once. Morris and Stevens now are two-time honorees, while Middle became the fourth three-time honoree in OC history, joining Nichole Sanders, Lauren Decker and Chelsee Truesdell.
“We take pride in the fact that our players focus on success in the classroom as much as they focus on success on the court,” Findley said. “Doing that will pay off in both areas in the long run.”
To qualify for the NCCAA award, a player must be a junior academically and have a grade-point average of at least 3.4 on a 4.0 scale.
McKee, a sophomore from Cordell, is an academic junior. The elementary education major has a 3.83 GPA. Middle, a senior interdisciplinary studies major from Flower Mound, Texas, has a 3.49 GPA.
Two players who have taken redshirt seasons, Morris and Stevens, also qualified for the award. Morris, a sophomore on the court but a senior in the classroom, is from Kiowa, Kan., and has a 3.71 GPA in science education. Stevens, a junior on the court but a senior in the classroom, is from Oklahoma City and has a 3.71 GPA in accounting.
Ward, a junior from Okmulgee, carries a 3.78 GPA in biology, while Wayne, a junior from Norman, leads the team with a 3.96 GPA in biology.
OC finished 20-13 this season, winning the NCCAA Central Region title and placing fourth at the NCCAA Championship last week.