A total of nine players from the mens and womens programs were named to the all-conference or all-freshman team.
Headlining the honorees was senior Becky Babione, who was named the AMC Player of the year. The senior forward averaged 13.3 points and 9.4 rebounds, helping the Bears to a a No. 1-seed in this year's NAIA National Tournament.
Babione was a First Team All-AMC South Division performer last season. She holds SSU's records for blocks in a game (9), season (91) and career (250).
Babione became the 22nd member of SSU's 1,000-point club Feb. 28, and has 1,005 career points.
Joining Babione as a first team performer was junior guard Mallory Albers. Albers leads the Bears in scoring with 15.4 points per game, and is just 32 points away from reaching the 1,000 point mark as a junior.
Second Team All-AMC performers for the womens team were senior guard Kelly Wagner and junior forward Alison Meyer.
Wagner, who averaged 10 points and 5.8 rebounds this year, was an all-freshman performer in 2006, and was a Second Team All-AMC South performer in 2007. Meyer averaged 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds on the season and joined Albers a Third Team All-AMC South Division honoreee in 2008.
The four first and second-team honorees all started for SSU in the majority of its games this season.
The Bears also had a duo named to the all-freshman team. Shy Johnson averaged 10.6 points off the Bench for SSU this year, while Bianca Barton, SSU's fifth starter, averaged 6.3 points and 4.5 assists per game this season.
With a 30-0 record and six players receiving postseason honors, womens head coach Robin Hagen-Smith was named the AMC Coach of the Year. This is the sixth time she has been named the coach of the year since 1999.
The tenth all-time leading scorer in SSU mens basketball history, senior forward Justin Patrick, was named to the AMC second team.
Patrick averaged 16.1 points and 7.5 rebounds this season for the Bears. He led SSU with 19 points and six rebounds in its upset victory over then NAIA No. 1-ranked Cedarville Jan. 31.
The senior ended his career with an average of 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.
Ian Nixson and Timothy Russell were named to the AMC All-Freshman team. Nixson started all 29 games for the Bears and averaged 9.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per contest. Russell averaged 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for the Bears.