O’Steen named to Heartland Conference first-team honor list

OC senior center Katy O'Steen was named to the All-Heartland Conference first-team list.
OC senior center Katy O'Steen was named to the All-Heartland Conference first-team list.

WACO, Texas (March 7, 2013) – Katy O’Steen’s list of awards just keeps growing.

The Oklahoma Christian center was named Tuesday to the All-Heartland Conference first-team list, a week after she received National Christian College Athletic Association Central Region player of the year honors.

Two of O’Steen’s teammates, forward Roz Hamilton and guard Logan McKee, received honorable mention on the all-conference list. OC players were eligible to appear on the Heartland honor lists but not to receive individual awards, as the university is in the first year of the NCAA Division II membership process.

O’Steen is OC’s first first-team all-conference selection since Kailan DeCamp earned first-team All-Sooner Athletic Conference honors in the 2007-08 season.

“This is a tremendous honor for Katy,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “It is well deserved. Katy is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever had and has developed into an impressive team leader who gives her best effort every day.”

O’Steen, a 6-foot-1 senior from Durant, is averaging 15.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game for OC (17-11), which will play Friday in the NCCAA regional semifinals against McMurry (Texas). O’Steen was among the Heartland leaders in both those categories, as well as in field-goal percentage (44.8) and free-throw percentage (82.3).

O’Steen received honorable mention on the All-SAC teams as a sophomore and junior.

Hamilton, a 6-foot-2 junior from Idabel, is averaging 12.0 points and 6.8 rebounds and also has been stellar from the free-throw line (78.8 percent) and from 3-point range (34.7 percent).

McKee, a 5-foot-7 sophomore from Cordell, is averaging 7.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game while shooting 79.5 percent from the line and 34.9 percent from 3-point range. She leads the team in assists and steals (44) this season.

Had games involving first-year Heartland members OC and McMurry (Texas) been counted in the league standings, OC would have finished third with a 10-6 record.

Joining O’Steen on the All-Heartland first-team list were guard-forward Teisha King of Texas-Permian Basin, forward Taniqua Ards of Texas-Permian Basin, guard Jackie Woods of St. Mary’s (Texas) and guard-forward Alexandra Ciabattoni of Newman (Kan.).

King was named as the player of the year, while Ciabattoni was chosen as the freshman of the year. Malika Jackson (newcomer of the year) and Felicia Jacobs of St. Mary’s (defensive player of the year) took the other individual player honors. Jerome Willis of UTPB was named as the coach of the year after guiding the Falcons to the regular-season title.