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Hilltoppers' Southworth Named to Coaches' All-America Team

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West Liberty University junior women's basketball standout Hillary Southworth entered into some pretty select company on Monday when she was one of 10 players named to the 2013 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II All-America Team.

Considered the most exclusive of the annual All-America teams selected by various groups, the WBCA All-America Team is chosen by vote of a nine-person selection committee composed of a chairperson and one representative from each of the nation's eight geographic regions.
Southworth becomes only the third WVIAC woman and the first junior ever to attain WBCA All-America status. She joins the University of Charleston's Lisa Lee (2006) and Glenville State's Rachel Redick (2007) as the conference's WBCA All-Americans. Lee and Redick were each honored following their senior seasons.
It's the second major All-America award for Southworth, who was a first-team selection last week when the NCAA Division II Sports Information Directors announced the annual Daktronics All-America Teams.
The 5-10 junior guard from Twinsburg, Ohio had also swept the Atlantic Region and WVIAC Player of the Year Awards after putting together one of the most dominant seasons in WVIAC history. Southworth was only the second Lady Hilltopper ever to score 700 points in a single season while leading the West Liberty women to a 21-8 record and a runner-up finish in the 15-team conference.
The WLU shooting star was the second-leading scorer in the nation at 24.1 ppg. – a school single-season record and the fifth-highest scoring average in WVIAC history. She was the only four-time WVIAC Player of the Week selection and won the WVIAC scoring title by more than 100 points over her closest pursuer. Southworth had 20 games of 20 or more points and cracked the 30-point barrier on six occasions, topped by a career-high 43-point explosion in a late-season win against Pitt-Johnstown.
She set a school single-game record with 18 field goals in that game and fueled West Liberty's late-season surge with a school-record streak of 8 consecutive games with 25 or more points. By the end of the season, Southworth ranked among the league's Top 10 in field goals, 3-point field goals, free throws, free throw percentage and minutes played. After just two seasons with the Hilltoppers, she is already 14th on the school's career scoring list with 1,184 points.
Joining Southworth as WBCA All-Americans are seniors Kiara Brown of Edinboro, Kari Daugherty of Ashland, Drameka Griggs of Clayton State, Meixandra Porter of Nova Southeastern, Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe of Simon Fraser (B.C.), Kelsey Sigl of Colorado Mesa and Bianca Simmons of UMass-Lowell along with juniors Lauren Battista of Bentley and Kiara Wright of Tarleton State.
Battista, Brown and Daugherty were the only repeat selections. Daugherty – the 2012 WBCA Player of the Year – was also announced as a finalist for the 2013 award along with Griggs and Simmons.
Southworth was the lone WVIAC player to earn first team or honorable mention WBCA All-America honors but Glenville State head coach Bunky Harkleroad was named Atlantic Region Coach of the Year and selected as one of the eight finalists for the Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Coach of the Year Award.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
2012-13 WBCA All-America Team
First Team
Player School Pos. Ht. Class Hometown
Lauren Battista Bentley F 6-0 Jr. North Easton, Mass.
Kiara Brown Edinboro G 5-8 Sr. Ambridge, Pa.
Kari Daugherty Ashland F 6-1 Sr. Fresno, Ohio
Drameka Griggs Clayton State G 5-5 Sr. Ellenwood, Ga.
Meixandra Porter Nova Southeastern G 5-6 Sr. Chantilly, Va.
Nayo Raincock-Ekunwe Simon Fraser F 6-2 Sr. Toronto, Ont.
Kelsey Sigl Colorado Mesa F 6-0 Sr. Bismarck, N.D.
Bianca Simmons UMass-Lowell G 5-6 Sr. Middletown, Conn.
Hillary Southworth West Liberty G 5-10 Jr. Twinsburg, Ohio
Kiara Wright Tarleton State C 6-1 Jr. Pittsburg, Texas
Honorable Mention
Samantha Blazetic, Edinboro; Kayla Brown, Findlay; Jaymee Carnes, North Georgia C&S; Brittany Cox, Pfeiffer; Sarah DeShone, Ferris State; Mary Louise Dixon, Stonehill; Daisy Feder, UC-San Diego; Courtney Finn, Bentley; Keuna Flax, Central Missouri; Daiva Gerbec, Ashland; Devin Griffin, West Texas A&M; Jasmine Hammon, Alabama-Huntsville; Britt Harris, Western Washington; Kira Harvey, Lynn; Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene; Samantha Hoyt, Michigan Tech; Lizzy Jeronimus, Pittsburg State (Kan.); Laura Kindernecht, Washburn; Bobbi Knudsen, Montana State-Billings; Haylee Lepaio, Newberry; Taylor Lewis, Northeastern State (Okla.); Erin Mann, Holy Family; Aurielle Mosley, Millersville; Jen Papich, Gannon; Katrina Selsor, Colorado Mesa; Daniela Tarailo, USC-Aiken; Brittany Weathers, West Alabama; Ali Wilkinson, Minnesota State; Kayk Wilson, Florida Tech; Jackie Woods, St. Mary's (Texas)