Seven members of the 2011-12 Reinhardt University women’s basketball team were recently honored with postseason awards from the Appalachian Athletic Conference. In a vote of the 10 conference head coaches, Reinhardt had one Third Team All-AAC selection, one player chosen to All-Freshman Team and six named to the All-Academic Team.
Earning Third Team All-AAC recognition, along with a spot on the All-Academic Team for Reinhardt was Erin Courington, a 5-foot-11 senior guard/forward from Remlap, Ala. Courington saw action in all 31 games with 29 starts for the Lady Eagles this past season, leading the squad in scoring (9.1 points per game), rebounds (7.3 a contest), field goals made (103), free throws made (66), steals (1.4 per outing) and minutes played (27.4 a game). Within the AAC, Courington ranks second in defensive rebounds (197), second in defensive rebounds per game (6.4), third in rebounds (226) and third in rebounds per game. Nationally in NAIA Division II, she is tied for 10th in defensive rebounds and No. 14 in defensive rebounds per game.
Representing Reinhardt on the AAC All-Freshman Team was Kareen Abling, a 5-foot-8 guard out of Murphy, N.C. In her first collegiate season after a redshirt year in 2010-11, Abling played in 22 contests and made eight starts, producing 8.0 points a game while knocking down 20 three-point field goals and shooting 78.5 percent (51-of-65) from the foul line.
Joining Courington on the AAC All-Academic Team were teammates Sarah Hewett, a 5-foot-6 junior guard from Richmond Hill, Ga.; Hannah Mayo, a 5-foot-6 senior guard out of Dalton, Ga., who was redshirted this season; Dallas Smith, a 5-foot-7 senior guard from Douglasville, Ga.; Danielle Tidwell, a 5-foot-10 sophomore forward out of Canton, Ga.; and Rebecca Yarbrough, a 5-foot-9 senior guard from Franklin, Tenn. Hewett, Mayo and Yarbrough are repeat picks from last year. To be recognized as a part of the All-Academic Team, a player must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.25 or better and be at least a sophomore in academic status.
The Lady Eagles went 13-18 overall in 2011-12, finishing in seventh place in the conference standings with an 8-10 mark. As the No. 7 seed in the AAC Tournament, Reinhardt lost, 63-60, on the road in the quarterfinal round to the nationally ranked and second-seeded Union College (Ky.) Lady Bulldogs. Union went on to win the tournament championship and claim the AAC’s automatic bid to the NAIA Division II National Championship event in Sioux City, Iowa.
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