CLEVELAND -- A pair of Summit League women's basketball student-athletes were named to the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association (DI-AAA ADA) it was announced today.
Fort Wayne's Haley Seibert and Oral Roberts' Vicky McIntyre earned the distinction.
The honor comes one day after McIntyre made history becoming the first Oral Roberts women's basketball player to be drafted in the WNBA. She was selected 20th overall in the second round by the Seattle Storm in last night's WNBA Draft.
She etched her name in ORU, Summit League and the NCAA record books during her final season with the Golden Eagles. She finished with 536 rebounds to set the ORU and Summit League single-season record which was the second best mark ever in NCAA history. She also averaged 15.8 rebounds per game to lead the nation while also setting the ORU and Summit League single-game record of 27 boards against Austin Peay November 29, 2014.
Her defensive prowess continued setting the ORU and Summit League single-season blocks record with 160 which also ranks seventh in the NCAA record books. She finished with 12 blocks in the Summit League Tournament quarterfinals to set the ORU and Summit League single-game record as she recorded her second triple-double of the year.
Seibert earns the honor for the second consecutive season. She was named to the All-Summit League Second Team this season after averaging 18.1 points per game, third in the league, and shooting 91.4 percent from the line, ranking fifth nationally. A senior from Terre Haute, Ind., Seibert has a 3.98 GPA majoring in communication science and disorders. Seibert ended the season ranked second in the league in three-point field goal percentage (.411), while finishing her career ranked second in free throw percentage (.868), tied for fifth in three-point field goal percentage (.413), and 11th in three-point field goals made (229) in Summit League history. Seibert earned All-Summit League First Team honors last year and is a member of the National Honor Society of Leadership and Success, while volunteering with numerous organizations, including Big Brother/Big Sister, Feed My Starving Children, and Lutheran Hospital.
Basketball players from all Division I-AAA ADA member institutions are eligible for these prestigious awards. Each of the nominees was required to have a minimum grade point average of 3.20 (on a 4.00 scale) in undergraduate study and have been a starter or important reserve with legitimate athletics credentials. Nominated student-athletes must have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's games listed on the nomination form. To be eligible for nomination to the Scholar-Athlete Team, he/she must have reached JUNIOR academic standing at their institution (ineligible athletics transfers are not eligible). To be eligible for the postgraduate scholarship, he/she must have completed eight semesters or the equivalent number of quarters at their institution. Preference was given to those on track to graduate in spring/summer 2015.
ABOUT DIVISION I-AAA ADA
Now in its 14th year, the Division I-AAA Athletics Directors Association's mission is to enhance initiatives common to its Division I-AAA membership (the 99 Division I institutions that do not sponsor football), in particular, aspects related to their flagship basketball programs. For more information on the Division I-AAA ADA, please visit www.div1aaa-ada.com. The Division I-AAA ADA is administered by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), which is in its 50th year. For more information on NACDA and the 14 professional associations that fall under its umbrella, please visit www.nacda.com.
ABOUT SUMMIT LEAGUE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
In its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League features women's basketball teams from nine member institutions: Denver, Fort Wayne, IUPUI, North Dakota State, Omaha, Oral Roberts, South Dakota, South Dakota State and Western Illinois. Over the past five seasons (2010-14), The Summit League has the nation's second-highest RPI gain (+10) during that span. In 2013-14, The Summit League tied its all-time high with four teams across three national postseason tournaments, recorded its highest combined postseason winning percentage and deepest postseason national tournament run, and had its best year-end Sagarin Ranking in a decade. The Summit League Basketball Championships, called "March's Best-Kept Secret" by USA Today and among the most attended tournaments in the nation, move into the brand-new Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls, S.D., March 7-10, 2015. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit www.thesummitleague.org, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops, download The Summit League's Front Row app and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.