2016-17 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team

2016-17 Women's Basketball All-Conference Team

For just the second time in conference history there is a St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC) Women's Basketball Co-Player of the Year. This year's award goes to two seniors that etched their names in their school's record books. The SLIAC Co-Players of the Year are Emmie Haring, from Fontbonne University and Andrea Zalis, from Westminster College.

Haring, a guard, averaged 9.1 points and 8.2 assists per game during conference play while also leading all players with 47 steals. She led the conference in assists for a third consecutive year this season and currently leads all of NCAA Division III with 190 assists overall. This year she set program and conference records for single season and career assists. She becomes the sixth player in Griffin history to take home the award and the first since Kaitlin Bramel in 2010.

Zalis, a forward, averaged 18.6 points per game this conference season, tops in the SLIAC, while also leading the league with 8.3 rebounds per game and hitting a conference best 44 three-pointers. Zalis put her name in the Blue Jays record book this season by setting an new program single game record with 35 points and finishing her career as the program's career leader with 1,375 points. Zalis is just the second player in program history to be named SLIAC Player of the Year, joining Rachel Backes in the 2011 season.

The 2017 SLIAC Newcomer of the Year is from Fontbonne University, forward Raven Venegas. Venegas is the fifth player in program history to earn conference newcomer of the year. This season the freshman averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per game during conference play, while shooting 53-percent from the field and helping the Griffins make the post-season for the first time since 2012.

The 2017 SLIAC Coach of the Year is Eureak College Head Coach Steve Thompson. Thompson guided his team to the program's first ever SLIAC regular season title with a 14-2 conference record. The Red Devils went 18-7 overall during the regular season with an impressive offense that led the league in three pointers and set numerous program records including most points in a conference game. This year's SLIAC regular season title marks the first of any conference title by a Eureka women's program since 1997. Thompson is just the second coach of the Red Devils to win the Coach of the Year award, joining Taren Martin from 2012.

The SLIAC All-Defensive Team consists of Michael Balducci (Eureka), Megan Brandt (Webster), Emmie Haring (Fontbonne), Jaimie Hurd (Iowa Wesleyan), and Dee Dee Sliter (Spalding).

In addition Greenville College received the 2016-17 SLIAC Team Sportsmanship award for the sixth time in program history. The SLIAC would also like to recognize the individuals from each conference school that received the All-Conference Sportsmanship award. Those individuals are: Aleisha Stiltner (Blackburn), Ashley Harfst (Eureka), Lauren Willis (Fontbonne), Lauren Stephenson (Greenville), Darby Massner (Iowa Wesleyan), Destyne Powell (MacMurray), Julie Skaggs (Spalding), Ebony Bailey (Webster), and Kelsey Ray (Westminster).

First Team All-Conference  
Emmie Haring
Fontbonne University
Alex Martin
Spalding University
Taylor Paulin
Greenville College
Hayley Reneau
Eureka College
Andrea Zalis
Westminster College
Second Team All-Conference  
Cairece Allen
Iowa Wesleyan University
Michaela Balducci
Eureka College
Laura Goodnight
Greenville College
Kelsey Miller
Webster University
Raven Venegas
Fontbonne University
Third Team All-Conference   
Kerrigan Dura
Eureka College
Mirrakohl Johnson
Westminster College
Darby Massner
Iowa Wesleyan University
Taylor Lucas
Webster University
Jade Sawyer
Webster University
All-Defensive Team  
Michaela Balducci
Eureka College
Megan Brandt
Webster University
Emmie Haring
Fontbonne University
Jaimie Hurd
Iowa Wesleyan University
Dee Dee Sliter
Spalding University
All-Sportsmanship Team  
Aleisha Stiltner
Blackburn
Ashley Harfst
Eureka
Lauren Willis
Fontbonne
Lauren Stephenson
Greenville
Darby Massner
Iowa Wesleyan
Destyne Powell
MacMurray
Julie Skaggs
Spalding
Ebony Bailey
Webster
Kelsey Ray
Westminster
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