Winston, Roberts, Hill honored by SAC
League scoring title earns Winston First Team All-Conference
Lady Hoopsters play Wednesday at noon in conference tourney
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Sooner Athletic Conference announced the 2013-14 All-Conference basketball team along with other awards and Southwestern Assemblies of God University had three players listed among the best.
Seniors Nia Winston (Garland, Tx / Lakeview Centennial HS, Panola College , ,,,,,) and Shaquita Roberts (San Antonio, Tx / Byron Steele HS ) and sophomore Taylor Hill (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS ) each garnered their place among the league’s top players.
Winston was chosen First Team All-Conference after leading the SAC in scoring. Roberts was the conference’s top shot blocker, a distinction that earned her an Honorable Mention status by coaches. The team’s point guard, Hill, was selected as being the league’s best in regards to sportsmanship.
NIA WINSTON / Garland, Texas
One of SAGU’s all-time best scorers, Winston has registered 1,104 career points. She can add to that during the post-season. Her current points per game average stands at 18.9.
She has made 67 three-point baskets, which ranks third in the SAC. Nationally she is in the Top 20 in scoring, steals and three-pointers.
Using her quickness for transition baskets as well as swiping the ball from opponents, Winston manufactures points on both ends of the court.
She has racked up the same number of steals (67) that she has made three-pointers. To come back from a torn Achilles to leading the SAC in thefts in one year is quite the undertaking.
Her steady productivity included double-figure efforts in 26 of 30 games. Only regular season champion Oklahoma City University could prevent her from reaching double-digits during the 20-game conference schedule.
She had the most success against both Mid-America Christian University and Southwestern Christian University, netting 48 points in two meetings against them.
Texas Wesleyan University made it most difficult for her score. She accounted for 28 in two outings against the Lady Rams. (see how she performed against each team below)
The 5-foot-6 Winston scored 20 or more in 17 of 30 games with her career high set in November at Paul Quinn College when she poured in 28 points.
Perhaps the leading indicator of the attention she drew is that she was fouled and sent to the foul line more (205 attempts) than any player in the SAC.
She took advantage of it too. Her 78% percent accuracy was sixth best in the conference.
“I am very proud of Nia (NEE-ya),” said veteran Head Coach Arlon Beadles. “She came back after a serious operation (a year ago). She worked hard and became one of the top players in the SAC. I commend her.”
SHAQUITA ROBERTS / San Antonio, Texas
Shaquita (sha-KEE-ta) Roberts finished her career after sitting out a year. She led the NAIA with 114 blocked shots two years ago as a junior after swatting 99 and finishing second (in the NAIA) as a sophomore.
At six-foot tall, her timing and knack for snuffing shots is impressive. Roberts currently has 68 rejections, which is sixth nationally.
She was honored in her final home game for achieving her 300th career block against St. Gregory’s University. Her career high is nine, which she has achieved multiple times.
As for rebounding, she is averaging 7.3 per game this year, ranking sixth in the SAC. Her 86 offensive boards are second best in the league.
Very agile for a center, Roberts also has 47 steals. That trails two teammates (Winston and Hill) to give the Purple Pride three players in the SAC’s top eleven for embezzling.
“To lead this conference in blocks is an accomplishment,” said Coach Beadles. “She came back and she finished well. I am so proud of Shaquita. She deserves the recognition. It’s a great honor.”
TAYLOR HILL / Waxahachie, Texas
Point Guard Taylor Hill has played a critical role on the team; running the offense as well as helping lead the perimeter defense.
She was second in scoring to Winston with eight points per game. Her 76 assists is 10th in the conference and is the second straight season she led the team in distributing the ball.
To be a player who is as driven as she is, it is very admirable to also be known for possessing the best sportsmanship. She gives it her all while keeping her attitude in check.
Feisty on defense and determined on offense, Hill is able to push her team and maintain control in highly competitive settings.
“It’s great to see Taylor received the Sportsmanship Award,” acknowledged Coach Beadles. “That’s quite an honor. And that’s what SAGU is all about.”
The entire press release on the SAC’s All-Conference honor roll can be seen at: http://www.soonerathletic.org/
SAGU will take on St. Gregory’s University in the first round of the conference tournament on Wednesday at noon.
NIA WINSTON against the SAC
|Mid-America Christian University (MACU)||48 points (22 and 26)|
|Southwestern Christian University||48 points (23 and 25)|
|University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (USAO)||46 points (22 and 24)|
|St. Gregory's University||44 points (22 twice)|
|Oklahoma Baptist University||39 points (14 and 25)|
|Northwood University||39 points (19 and 20)|
|John Brown University||33 points (19 and 14)|
|Wayland Baptist University||33 points (18 and 15)|
|Oklahoma City University||32 points (24 and 8)|
|Texas Wesleyan University||28 points (10 and 18)|