Taylor named finalists for NAIA WBCA State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team

Ashley Taylor, NAIA WBCA State Farm Coaches

Ashley Taylor, NAIA WBCA State Farm Coaches

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 10, 2009) — John Brown University’s Ashley Taylor, a 5-10 sophomore from Bergman, Ark., has been included in the 28 member list of finalists for the 2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). This past season, she led JBU in scoring and rebounding with 16.03 points per game and 7.07 rebounds per game.

The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, announced the finalists early Tuesday. The 28 finalists, who are voted upon by WBCA member coaches in each of the six WBCA geographical regions, are now in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team. The Pink Zone initiative is a unified effort for the WBCA’s nation of coaches to assist in raising breast cancer awareness on the court, across campuses, in communities and beyond.

The complete list of finalists is as follows:

Region I Name Institution Year Pos. Height Stacie Barker Montana State - Northern Sr. C 6'3 Nicole Davis California Baptist Univ. Sr. G 5'9 Shannon Evans Westminster College Sr. G 5'8 Becca Gimeno Concordia University Sr. G 5'4 Elisa Leader Westminster College Sr. G 5'8 Amber Stevens Westmont College Jr. G 5'7 Region 2 Name Institution Year Pos. Height Michelle Amundson Mount Marty College Jr. G 5'8 Lindsay Anderson Doane College Sr. G 5'8 Kayli Combs College of The Ozarks Sr. G 5' 6 Katelynn Kunz Mount Marty College Sr. F 5'11 Lindsy Murray College of The Ozarks Sr. F 5' 10 Region 3 Name Institution Year Pos. Height Kinzie Didier Southern Nazarene Univ. Sr. F 5'10 Lana Keith Southern Nazarene Univ. Jr. F 6'0 Logan Martin Southern Nazarene Univ. Fr. G 5'9 Ashley Taylor John Brown University Soph. F 5'11 Region 4 Name Institution Year Pos. Height Kallie Benike Davenport University Soph. G 5'8 Erin Hannemann Saint Xavier University Jr. F 5'11 Elaine Hessel Indiana Wesleyan Univ. Soph. F 5'10 Amber Peters Bethel College (IN) Sr. G 5'6 Jenna Plewes Cornerstone University Sr. G 5'10 Region 5 Name Institution Year Pos. Height Jana Cross Freed-Hardeman Univ. Jr. F 5'10 Natiera Hinton Pikeville College Soph. F 6'1 Jennifer Bognar Trevecca Nazarene Univ. Sr. C 6'0 Abby Lawson Trevecca Nazarene Univ. Jr. G 5'10 Lauren Wombles Univ. of the Cumberlands Fr. F 6'0 Region 6 Name Institution Year Pos. Height Liz Martin Covenant College Sr. G 5' 4 Brooke McKinnon Lee University Soph. G 5'6 Katie Nelson Lee University Jr. F 6'2

*Regions with six or more finalists are a result of a tie for fifth place in the region. Regions with less than five finalists did not have other players nominated in the region.

The 2009 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team for NAIA will be announced at the NAIA Championship Banquet on March 17, 2009, at 6:30 p.m. CT in the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson, Tenn.

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About the WBCA 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 in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.

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