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KANSAS CITY — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2019-20 Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams. Stephanie Soares of The Master’s …
KANSAS CITY — The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2019-20 Division I Women’s Basketball All-America Teams. Stephanie Soares of The Master’s (Calif.) was named the 2020 NAIA National Player of the Year.
Bethel’s Tyasia Willis was named to the second team while Morgan Martin and Tasia Jones were named to the Honorable Mention squad.
The three led the Lady Cats to a 29-4 overall mark and a 15-1 SSAC record. Bethel won the SSAC regular season and captured the SSAC Tournament Championship. It marked the 11th time in the last 12 seasons Bethel qualified for the national tournament. They closed out the season with a 21-game winning streak.
Coach Chris Nelson commented, “We are very proud of Tyasia, Morgan and Tasia. All three played their roles this season to perfection and helped lead our team to a great year. It is neat to see them get recognized for their efforts, but what makes these three ladies so special is that they are all so unselfish. I have said it all season, but you win with people and these three are a prime example of that.”
The field of student-athletes selected was very balanced with the most selections one team had being Campbellsville (Ky.) with three (first, second and honorable mention).
Stephanie Soares, the 2020 Player of the Year, stepped up her game during her sophomore year.
There were 16 student-athletes on first, second and third-team that have received their first All-America selection in the top three teams. There were also a total of 52 honorable mentions.
All of the selections are made by the All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.
For a complete look at the entire team, visit: https://naia.prestosports.com/sports/wbkb/2019-20/releases/AA?preview=true.