Four Tigers Earn All-NCAC Honors; Maya Howard Named Newcomer of the Year

Four Tigers Earn All-NCAC Honors; Maya Howard Named Newcomer of the Year

Greencastle, Ind. - In voting by the conference coaches, four DePauw student-athletes have earned all-North Coast Athletic Conference honors and one was recognized with one of the top awards.

Sophomore guard Emily Budde was the Tigers' lone first-team selection after leading the Tigers with 13.3 points in the 16 conference games. For the entire season, Budde leads the Tigers with 13.7 points per game along with a team-high 37 3-pointers. Her 12 blocks are also tops on the squad.

In a December 2 win against Millikin, Budde poured in 38 points which was the second-best single-game scoring performance in school history and her eight 3-pointers tied the DePauw single-game record. Last Friday, her buzzer-beating 3-pointer lifted the Tigers to a 59-58 NCAC semifinal win over Kenyon and she was later named the tournament MVP. Budde was the lone sophomore on the first team.

Three Tigers earned spots on the second team including senior forward Abby Keller, junior guard Claire Ryan and freshman guard Maya Howard,

In the 16 conference games, Keller grabbed 7.7 rebounds per outing while chipping in 7.1 points. Of her 123 rebounds in NCAC games, 60 came on the offensive glass. Keller posted four double-doubles on the season with highs of 20 points against Illinois Wesleyan and 12 rebounds in a January 13 win over Wittenberg.

Ryan averaged 7.6 points and team highs of 2.8 assists and 2.9 steals in the Tigers' conference games. She scored 17 in the January 30 win at Oberlin and dished out six assists on two occasions.

Howard averaged 10.4 points per conference game including a career-high 24 in the February 6 victory over Hiram. She was the team leader in free throws made and attempted and was second with 83.3 percent shooting from the charity stripe for the season. Howard scored 22 points in DePauw's NCAC Tournament semifinal win over Kenyon and earned a spot on the all-tournament team.

In addition to her all-conference recognition, Howard also was named the NCAC Newcomer of the Year and is the first DePauw player to earn the honor since Amy Argetsinger did so in 2002. Howard was also the only freshman among the 19 student-athletes named to the all-conference teams.

DePauw (22-6) opens NCAA Division III Championship play this Friday with a first-round game at Wisconsin-Stevens Point.