LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three members of the University of Rio Grande’s women’s basketball team were among those recognized by the Mid-South Conference over the week for their performances both on the court and in the classroom.
Senior guard Shardai Morrison-Fountain (Columbus, OH) earned an All-MSC Second Team selection, while sophomore center Morgan Daniels (Rio Grande, OH) and freshman forward Betsy Schramm (Marietta, OH) both received Academic All-MSC honors.
Both teams were named prior to the start of the MSC Tournament at the league’s annual awards banquet in Frankfort, Ky.
Morrison-Fountain led the RedStorm in scoring with a 16.8 points per game average, while also ranking first in the MSC and sixth in the national by averaging 3.37 steals per game.
Morrison-Fountain appeared in all 30 games for head coach David Smalley’s squad, including 29 starts, also leading the team in three-point goals (37), free throw percentage (.732) and assists (63).
The 10-player all-conference first team was comprised of Dace Bicane of the University of the Cumberlands, Campbellsville University’s Courtney Clifton and Mackenzie Lee, Chelsea Cluesman from UVA-Wise, St. Catharine’s Janae Howard and Reilly Poirier, Jessica Pace from Cumberland University, Lindsey Wilson’s Ashley Rainey, Schera Sampson of Shawnee State and Georgetown’s Kourtney Tyra.
In addition to Morrison-Fountain, the All-MSC Second Team included Cumberland University’s TaCouya Allen, London Elie and Briannica Tye; Jasmine Brimm of Lindsey Wilson; Georgetown’s Andrea Howard and Lizza Jonas; Callisha Johnson fro the University of Pikeville; Bluefield (Va.) College’s Tequila McNeal and Ashley White; and the Shawnee State University duo of Alex Pohl and Alannah Sheets.
Rainey was named the league’s Player of the Year, while UVA-Wise’s Makenzie Cluesman and Cumberlands’ Ashley Mullins were co-Freshmen of the Year honorees and Cumberland University head coach Jeremy Lewis was the league’s Coach of the Year.
Shawnee State’s Tristan Rumfield was the MSC Champions of Character Award winner.
The awards were selected through balloting of the league’s head coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players or themselves.
Daniels and Schramm were among 51 student-athletes recognized with Academic All-MSC honors.
In order to be nominated by an institution, the student-athlete must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 on a 4.00 scale and must be at least a sophomore in academic status.
Daniels and Schramm, both Mid Child Math/Science majors, have a 3.92 and 3.68 grade point average, respectively.
Campbellsville’s 10 honorees represented the highest total of any single school.