ATLANTA – Just minutes after leading her team to a first round victory over No. 22 Campbellsville University (Ky.) at the 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship in Frankfort, Ky., Saint Xavier University senior guard Marissa Young (Monroe, Wis./St. Joseph's College/Monroe) was one of just 19 players nationwide to earn an honorable mention spot on the 2012 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NAIA Coaches' All-America Team. This year's team was comprised of 10 first team and 19 honorable mention selections coming off teams from both NAIA Division I and II institutions. The team was selected by a vote of the selection committee, which is made up of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson.
"This is another prestigious award in Marissa's outstanding playing career at Saint Xavier University," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "She is very deserving of every honor and award she receives, because there are few players at any level of college basketball who can match the intensity that she brings every time she steps on the court."
On the season, Young is averaging a team-leading 17.3 points, 4.0 assists and 3.8 steals per game. She was named the 2012 Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) Player of the Year on March 3. Just a few weeks ago, Young was also one of just five NAIA players in the nation to earn a first team spot on the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-America® College Division Women's Basketball Team. Student-athletes receiving that distinction are chosen by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and recognized as the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. In today's postseason win over Campbellsville, Young finished with a team-best 16 points to go along with five assists and three steals.
Founded in 1981, the WBCA promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game as a sport for women and girls. The WBCA is pleased to join the women's sports community in commemorating the 40th anniversary of Title IX, which was passed by Congress on June 23, 1972, and provides females with equal opportunities in athletics in the U.S. For more information on the organization, please visit www.wbca.org.
Saint Xavier (24-8 overall) will take on No. 4 ranked Westmont College (Calif.) in second round action of the 2012 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship on Friday, March 16. The game will tip off at 12:30 p.m. (eastern) at the Frankfort Convention Center in Frankfort, Ky.