Basketball players earn conference, national honors
March 24, 2004 | Category: General
Several Spring Arbor University basketball players were recognized at the conclusion of their seasons by the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference, the National Christian College Athletic Association, and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.
Senior Shanna DuBose and junior Kristin Van Valin were both first team all-conference selections for the women's team. DuBose was also named to the NAIA All-American second team. DuBose, a senior from Adrian, Mich., averaged 15 points and six rebounds per game to lead the lady Cougars on the court and was voted Most Valuable Player by her teammates.
Van Valin received NCCAA All-American first team honors and was a NCCAA All-Tournament selection for her performance at the national tournament. She also received NAIA All-American honorable mention and WHAC defensive team honors, and was a scholar athlete in the WHAC, NCCAA, and NAIA. Van Valin averaged 13 points, nine rebounds, and four blocked shots per game to garner these honors.
Freshman Amber Huffman made the WHAC's all-freshman team while Amanda Shirk and Julie Spencer received scholar athlete honors from the three organizations.
For the men, sophomore Micah Lancaster was a WHAC first-team selection and an NAIA All-American honorable mention, while senior Ryan Walter was a WHAC third-team selection. Junior Josh Desmyter was a WHAC All-Newcomer and junior Ben Gulker made the WHAC all-academic team.
Lancaster averaged 17.6 points, seven assists, and three rebounds a game to lead the men's team this season. Walter scored 12.5 points a game, while Desmyter averaged nine points and six rebounds.
The men finished their season with a 14-19 record, while the women ended at 25-12.