UNIONTOWN, Pa. - The United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) announced it's All-American and National All-Academic Team honors at the 2019 USCAA National Championship Banquet yesterday. SMWC women's basketball was represented well by senior Callan Taylor and Delaney Kendall who earned USCAA All-American Honorable Mention honors. Callan Taylor, Kathryn Kraft, Mara Canada, and Maggie Reimer were named USCAA National All-Academic. Looking at women's basketball history, the program now has a total of 13 student-athletes who have received USCAA All-American honors and 22 who have made a USCAA National All-Academic Team.
USCAA All-American Honorable Mention
#11 Callan Taylor (Senior, Guard, Greencastle, Ind.) | 13th student-athlete to enter the 1,000 PT Club, averaged 11.1 points per game in just 14.4 minutes per game, converted on 74 three-point baskets, scored a season-high 21 points against Fontbonne University (Jan. 26), and scored in double-digits on 16 occasions.
Quote by Callan Taylor on earning USCAA All-American and All-Academic honors...
"It is an honor to be chosen for honorable mention and academic teams for the USCAA. This year has really pushed me to do better academically and in the gym. With it being my senior year, I wanted to embrace it. This is my last year playing a sport I love and attending SMWC, which has become my home. I didn't want to have any regrets on the court or in the classroom. I have worked hard and can't thank my team and coaches enough for pushing me to do my best."
#3 Delaney Kendall (Sophomore, Guard, Indianapolis, Ind.) | Averaged 9.8 points per game, 2.1 rebounds per game, 2.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game, all on an average of 14.3 minutes per game. She notched double-digits on 11 occasions while she scored a season-high 19 points against Lincoln College (Nov.8).
Quote by Delaney Kendall on receiving USCAA All-American accolades...
"Receiving an award like this means that everything I have put into this sport has paid off. All my hard work and dedication has been noticed which means the world to me. The countless hours in the gym getting up extra shots and pushing myself to the point where I cannot feel my legs the next day. This proves it has not gone unnoticed. This would not be possible without the overwhelming support from my team and coaches. Without them, I would not be the player I am today. Even though I am getting honored for an individual award, it would not be at all possible without my teammates. My success is their success and I could not be more grateful for this opportunity."
The full list of USCAA All-Americans can be found here.
USCAA National All-Academic
The USCAA National All-Academic Award is designed to recognize all student-athletes (sophomores, juniors, and seniors at four-year institutions) who have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 (on a 4.00-point system) or greater.
#10 Kathryn Kraft (Sophomore, Guard, Zionsville, Ind.) | Major - Business Administration
#11 Callan Taylor (Senior, Guard, Greencastle, Ind.) | Major - Education
#22 Mara Canada (Junior, Guard, Mount Vernon, Ind.) | Major - Special Education P-12
#32 Maggie Reimer (Sophomore, Forward, O'Fallon, Ill.) | Major - Nursing
The full list of USCAA All-Academic honorees can be found here.
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