- Junior guards Candis Jackson (Chicago, Ill./Whitney Young) and Angie Brown (Sycamore, Ill./Sycamore) represented Saint Xavier University on the 2006 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-American Teams when the national office released the honors Tuesday. Jackson was one of 10 players named a NAIA Second Team All-American, while Brown received Honorable Mention recognition. The NAIA All-American Teams consist of 10 selections apiece for the first, second, and third teams in addition to honorable mention selections.
Jackson averaged 16.9 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 4.2 assists over 31 games this season to help lead SXU into the NAIA National Tournament. She becomes the first women's basketball player in the history of the program to receive a spot higher than Honorable Mention. Brown averaged 12.8 points per game during the 2005-06 campaign and was one of the NAIA's best three-point shooters. She shot 45.5 percent (96-for-211) from beyond the arc and broke nearly every three-point shooting record at SXU in her first year with the Cougars.
"I think having two All-Americans is a definite sign that our program in six short years has moved up to the NAIA's elite," said SXU women's basketball coach Bob Hallberg. "It is a tribute to our team when two players on the same roster can rank among the NAIA's best and I am extremely proud of Candis and Angie for what they accomplished this season."
The Cougars finished the season with a 24-9 overall record and their first berth in the NAIA Sweet 16 with a 56-53 win over Carroll College (Mont.) in first round action. SXU fell to national champion Union University (Tenn.) in the Sweet 16 to wrap up its 2005-06 campaign.Click here to view the NAIA All-America Teams in its entirety.