Jonessa Moore, Madison Ridout, and Brandie Snow were named NAIA All-Americans on Thursday afternoon.
Moore, who averaged team-highs of 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per contest this season for Shawnee State, was named a First-Team All-American for her performance this season. The senior center from Cincinnati, Ohio averaged 18.8 points and 7.7 rebounds per game this season, leading Shawnee State in both categories. Moore was third in field goal percentage nationally at 59.1 percent, sixth in total scoring, putting in 638 points, and seventh in points per game. Moore was also named a Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association NAIA All-American last week at the NAIA National Championship banquet.
Ridout, who was Shawnee State’s second leading scorer at 12.9 points per game, and added 5.1 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, earned Second-Team All-American. Ridout led the Bears in minutes per game, averaging 31.7 over the course of the season, and started all 34 games this season. Ridout was also named Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Year, in addition to being named First-Team All-MSC.
Snow, a freshman from Hartville, Ohio, averaged 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game this season while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 47.2 percent from three. Snow started 33 of 34 games this season, her first with Shawnee State, and was named Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year, in addition to being named First-Team All-MSC. She was named as an honorable mention All-American.
In addition to the All-American honors, area natives Madison Ridout and Jen Arnzen both earned Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors. To be eligible for the Scholar-Athlete award, a student-athlete must be a junior or senior at their institution and maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA in that time. Both Ridout and Arnzen were named to the Mid-South Conference’s All-Academic unit when it was released at the beginning of March.
As a team, the Bears were a force to be reckoned with throughout the course of the 2016-17 campaign, which was evident in the 31-3 record that Shawnee State posted throughout the course of the year. The Bears won their first 14 games this year, and after dropping their initial contest to Lindsey Wilson (Ky.), reeled off eight straight wins to end the regular season, including a victory over the Blue Raiders, to obtain the school’s second consecutive Mid-South Conference Regular Season Championship.
Following that accomplishment, Shawnee State, as the No. 1 seed in the Mid-South Conference Tournament, defeated Life (Ga.), Pikeville (Ky.) and Lindsey Wilson to obtain the school’s third consecutive Mid-South Conference Tournament Championship. As one of four No. 1 seeds in the NAIA Division I National Championship, Shawnee State fell to William Woods by an 88-85 tally.
Still, the season was a successful one. The 31-3 mark by Shawnee State marked the first time since 2008-09 that the Bears accumulated 30 wins in a season — and marks a continued upward trend where head coach Jeff Nickel has gone from 20 wins in 2013 to 31 in his fourth full season while improving the win total over each of his campaigns. 13 different occasions where Shawnee State has scored at or over 90 points during a contest.
In 2016-17, Shawnee State scored at or over 90 points during a contest on 13 different occasions behind an offense that was first in the NAIA in scoring offense (89.2), three-point field goal percentage (39.8), and scoring offense (3,032 points). The Bears capped off the year by finishing second in the association in field goal percentage (48.7), third in overall scoring margin (22.9), and seventh in total assists (551).
Four players, including Moore, Ridout, Snow, and Bailey Cummins, averaged double-figure point totals for Shawnee State in the 2016-17 campaign. Seven players averaged at least six points per affair for the nation’s highest scoring offense, and only two players from that unit — Moore and Arnzen — depart the unit.
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