The United States Collegiate Athletic Association hosted a banquet to help kick off the 2016 USCAA National Basketball Championships. At the banquet, awards winners were announced for National All-Academic teams, All-American teams, Coach of the Year, and Student-Athlete of the Year. Four members of the Iowa Wesleyan women's basketball team received honors at this year's banquet.
Dakota Flesner (SR/Payson, IL) and Rachel Williams (SR/Phoenix, AZ) each earned First Team USCAA All-American honors for their play during the 2015-16 season. Dakota Flesner started all 25 games this season for Iowa Wesleyan. Flesner averaged 13.9 points per game for the Tigers and shot 50.4 percent from the field. She also averaged 7.4 rebounds. Rachel Williams ranked eighth among USCAA in scoring per game, averaging 16.8 points. Williams also started all 25 games for the Tigers and finished the regular season with 108 assists and 67 steals.
Darby Massner (FR/Mediapolis, IA) was named to the USCAA Honorable
Mention All-American team. In her debut season for the Tigers, Massner shot 33.7 percent from behind the arc and averaged 10.3 points per game. She finished the regular season ranked fifth in minutes played in the USCAA and fourth in three point attempts.
The USCAA also announced the members of the National All-Academic team for the 2015-16 season. Iowa Wesleyan had two members of the women's basketball team receive these honors. Dakota Flesner and Rachel Williams each were named to the National All-Academic team for having a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and have been at the institution for more than one year.
Steve Williamson was the final Tiger to receive an award at the USCAA Championship banquet. Williamson was named USCAA Women's DI Coach of the Year for the 2016 season. The USCAA honored him for leading the Tigers back to the National Tournament for the third year in a row. After losing eighty percent of the team's scoring a season ago, Williamson was able to bring in a class to support the returning players, and the team finished the regular season with an overall record of 18-7 and 13-5 in conference play. In their third appearance at the USCAA National Tournament, the Iowa Wesleyan women's basketball team earned the number two seed and were ranked in the top five of the USCAA Coaches Poll throughout the season.
STORY COURTESY OF IOWA WESLEYAN UNIVERSITY SPORTS INFORMATION OFFICE