Conahan, Rich receive NAIA All-America honors

Conahan, Rich receive NAIA All-America honors

View complete 2012-13 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America teams

Concordia junior guard Kristen Conahan, a second team All-America selection as a sophomore, has been named to the 2012-13 first team All-America squad, as announced by the NAIA on Wednesday. Joining Conahan with All-America honors is senior guard Katie Rich, who was placed on honorable mention for the second time in her career.

Conahan, also a two-time first team all-GPAC choice, moves up to first team All-America after improving her numbers across the board as a junior. The Omaha native led the Bulldogs in scoring with 15.8 points per game (third in the GPAC), while tying teammate Bailey Morris for the conference lead with 3.25 steals per contest. Conahan nailed 92 3-point field goals (seventh in NAIA Division II) and topped Concordia with 3.1 assists per game. She has scored 1,374 points in her first three collegiate seasons.

Rich, a native of Tilden, Neb., collects honorable mention All-America accolades in addition to receiving first team all-conference and GPAC Defensive Player of the Year honors this season. She averaged 10.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 31 games this season. For her career, Rich totaled 1,293 points, 653 rebounds, 265 steals and 233 assists in 124 games.

With Conahan’s first team mention, Concordia women’s basketball has now had 14 All-America selections (first, second or third team) in program history. Conahan joins Whitney Stichka (2008 and 2009) and Trish Kindle (1993 and 1994) as just the third women’s basketball player in school history to be named an All-American in two separate seasons.

13 March 2013

Kristen Conahan

Katie Rich