By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows
Three members of the Ursuline College basketball program were honored by the Great Midwest Athletic Conference on Tuesday (March 4) afternoon. Point guard Erica Huber was named the conference’s ‘Freshman of the Year,’ while junior forward Emma Ricketts and freshman wing Tajanee Wells were each named second team all-conference.
Huber also earned honorable mention status after a vote of the conference’s nine head coaches.
Kentucky Wesleyan senior guard Karly Rhoads took home the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Player of the Year’ Award and Gary Van Atta, the head coach of regular season champion Trevecca Nazarene University, earned the ‘Coach of the Year’ honor.
Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the third time this season, the conference office announced Tuesday (Feb. 11) afternoon.
Burlinson received the honor for her performance at the Division II Challenge Meet, hosted by the SPIRE Institute on Saturday (Feb. 8).
She beat the other 26 participants in the mile with a school record time of 5:07.50. She was previously the record holder with her 5:09.31 at Youngstown State two weeks ago. Saturday’s time was just 2.5 seconds shy of the NCAA Division II provisional qualification standard.
Ursuline College freshman point guard Erica Huber has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Jan. 20) afternoon.
Huber was the first recipient of the weekly conference award on Nov. 11, 2013. The award has been distributed 10 times this season and an Ursuline student-athlete has been elected five times. Junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ three times and Huber twice with no other player in the conference winning the award more than once.
Ursuline College was named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Division II Award of Excellence winner for its work with the A.R.R.O.W.S. (Academic Readiness Requires Outstanding Work and Support) Mentoring Program, the NCAA announced.
The A.R.R.O.W.S. Mentoring Program intends to provide Ursuline College students, many of whom are student-athletes, an opportunity to mentor Warrensville Heights High School students while offering them support through the completion of high school and encouragement to pursue postsecondary education. It is the aim of the program to engage both students at Ursuline and Warrensville Heights High School in a partnership that promotes academic success and fosters ambition for further education.
From the spring semester of their freshman year to the completion of their senior year, each high school student participates in one goal setting workshop per year facilitated by the A.R.R.O.W.S. coordinator and student mentors. During each goal setting workshop, students explore career interests, college readiness and study skills.
Ursuline College believes these workshops serve as important resources for the students at Warrensville Heights High School as it provides them with foundational knowledge and sets forth expectations of what a student can expect in college and in their chosen career. The program works to ensure that the students at Warrensville Heights High School are provided with the tools and resources so as to be proficient academic achievers.
The top three finalists for the NCAA Division II Award of Excellence and overall winner will be announced during the business session at the 2014 NCAA Convention.
Division II 2013 Award of Excellence Conference Winners
CACC – Concordia College
CCAA – University of California, San Diego
CIAA – Virginia Union University
ECC – Dowling College
GAC – Arkansas Tech University
GLIAC – Michigan Technological University
G-MAC – Ursuline College
GNAC – University of Mary
GSC – Christian Brothers University
Heartland – Texas A & M International University
Independents – Palm Beach Atlantic University
LSC – Lone Star Conference
MEC – Notre Dame College
MIAA – Lindenwood University
NE-10 – Adelphi University
NSIC – Northern State University
PBC – University of Montevallo
PSAC – Kutztown University
PWC – Chaminade University of Honolulu
RMAC – Adams State University
SAC – Wingate University
SIAC – Benedict College
SSC – Lynn University
Ursuline College junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Dec. 16) afternoon.
Ricketts also won the award on Dec. 2 and freshman point guard Erica Huber took home the honor on Nov. 11. Prior to this season, 2013 graduate Laura Campbell was the only Ursuline women’s basketball player to receive the award.
The Arrows lost their only game last week, coming up short to Davis & Elkins College, 76-72, on Saturday (Dec. 14) afternoon but Ricketts scored a game-high 20 points and pulled down a career-high 13 boards.
Her third 20-point effort of the season improved her scoring average to 15.6 points per game and lifted her to the top of the list in the conference. She also moved into the top-20 in rebounding as her 5.3 rebounds per game rank her 17th in the G-MAC.
Ricketts also finds herself slotted third in the conference in shooting (57.3 percent) and 13th in steals (1.5 per game).
Since entering the starting lineup five games ago, Ricketts is averaging team-highs of 17.8 points and 6.4 rebounds per game.
Ricketts and the rest of the Arrows will take a break from conference play when they host Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) on Tuesday (Dec. 17) at 6:00 p.m. at John Carroll University’s Tony DeCarlo Varsity Center.
Max Radigan will call the action live on the Ursuline College Sports Network and the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats will be offered free of charge.