Morris named OWH honorary captain; Peitz, Conahan also tabbed All-Nebraska
SEWARD, Neb. – Wrote the Omaha World-Herald, “On what Concordia coach Drew Olson called a great basketball team, none had to ride to the rescue like Bailey Morris.” On Sunday the news outlet named Morris honorary captain of its NAIA All-Nebraska women’s basketball team.
The Omaha World-Herald also named Morris and fellow junior Tracy Peitz to the NAIA all-Nebraska first team. Senior Kristen Conahan, despite missing 12 games, received second team all-Nebraska. Freshman Becky Mueller reeled in honorable mention.
The announcement swells the list of honors for Morris (Clay Center, Neb.), who was the GPAC player of the year, a first team All-American and a four-time GPAC player of the week in 2013-14. She averaged 19.3 points, 4.2 rebonds, 4.1 assists and 2.44 steals per contest while leading the Bulldogs to a GPAC regular-season title and berth in the national tournament.
Morris took on a massive role down the stretch and etched her name into the school record book with 45 points in an 89-78 win over then No. 3 Northwestern on Feb. 15.
“She went from we need you to play 25 to we need you to play 40, take over ball-handling responsibility and score even more,” Olson told the Omaha World-Herald. “I think she was scoring 15 or 16 at the time. She probably averaged 24 or 25 when Connie was out.”
Peitz (Hartington, Neb.), also the GPAC defensive player of the year and a third team All-American, started all 33 games and averaged 13.8 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.58 steals and 2.4 assists per game in a breakout season.
In Conahan’s final year, she averaged 13.4 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.0 steal. The Omaha native finishes her career sixth in program history with 1,656 points. Her 323 career 3-point field goals are most all-time for any Bulldog women’s basketball player.
Mueller (Elkhorn, Neb.) enjoyed a stellar freshman season. She started all 33 games and averaged 11.4 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 1.0 steal and 0.5 blocks.
Omaha World-Herald NAIA All-Nebraska Women’s Basketball Teams
G Bailey Morris, Concordia, 19.3
G Jamie Van Kirk, Hastings, 18.2
C Deaundra Young, CSM, 18.1
F Tracy Peitz, Concordia, 13.8
G Jamilah Johnson, Midland, 15.0
F Hannah Dostal, Doane, 14.5
G Cami Bruckman, Hastings, 15.9
G Akia Davis, CSM, 14.2
G Kristen Conahan, Concordia, 13.4
G Shelbie Hess, Peru State, 15.6
Honorary captain: Morris
Honorable mention: Tiffani Lewis, Jamee Miner, Amanda Woodring, College of St. Mary; Becky Mueller, Concordia; Shelbi Bittinger, Heather Broman, Doane; Jenna Henderson, Grace; Laurel Zwiener, Hastings; Sammi Licari, Midland; Bridget Bucher, Courtney Cook, Felicia TeKolste, Nebraska Wesleyan; Brittany Peterson, Karlee Stuart, Peru State; Cory Minjarez, York College.
20 April 2014
Junior Bailey Morris
Junior Tracy Peitz
Senior Kristen Conahan