Press Release :: Women's Basketball Coaches Association

For Immediate Release
March 21, 2008

Contact: Summer McKesson
Director of Communications
770.279.8027 ext. 112
smckesson@wbca.org

Rich Pingeton
State Farm
309.766.8866
rich.pingeton.sqvi@statefarm.com

WBCA and State Farm Honor NCAA Division III
State Farm Coaches' All-America Team

ATLANTA - The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and State Farm announced today the 2008 National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team. This year’s team marks the first State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team, as Eastman Kodak held the previous sponsorship for 25 years. Selection committees in each of the eight WBCA geographical regions select 10 of the top women’s basketball players in the nation to be honored. 

The members of the 2008 NCAA Division III State Farm Coaches’ All-America Basketball Team are as follows:

Name           

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Melissa Beyruti

Kean University

Jr.

G

5’8

Jordyn Boles

Hope College

Sr.

G

5’10

Meia Daniels

Howard Payne University

Sr.

G

5’8

Elizabeth Hickey

University of Mary Washington

Jr.

C

6’3

Lindsay Ippel

Millikin University

Sr.

C

6’2

Nikki Lobach

Messiah College

Sr.

G

5’9

Tarra Richardson

McMurray University

Sr.

C

6’1

Katie Streck

Wilmington College

Sr.

F

5’9

Marisa Vespa

William Smith College

Sr.

G

5’4

Katelyn Whiton

Simpson College

Sr.

F

5’10

“The WBCA is pleased to announce the 2008 State Farm Coaches’ NCAA Division III All-America Team,” said WBCA CEO Beth Bass. “These 10 student-athletes have each had such successful careers, in particular this season, making each worthy of being a member on the NCAA Division III State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team.”

“State Farm is truly honored to recognize these outstanding student-athletes for their wonderful and amazing achievements,” said Mark Gibson, assistant vice president of advertising for State Farm. “The State Farm Coaches All-America Team represents true excellence in the sport of women’s basketball and we are extremely proud to be associated with these remarkable student-athletes.”

The following have been recognized as State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions for NCAA Division III:

Name           

Institution

Year

Pos.

Height

Emilee Ackerman

Westminster College (Pa.)

Sr.

G/F

5’8

Amanda Baker

Medaille College

Sr.

F

6’0

Stacey Blalock

Howard Payne University

Sr.

C

6’2

Lauren Boyle

Muhlenberg College

Jr.

G

5’9

LeighAnn Burke

DeSales University

Jr.

G

5’8

Michelle Burns

Univ. of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Sr.

F

5’11

Marissa Cain

University of Puget Sound

Sr.

F

6’0

Katy Campbell

George Fox University

Sr.

F

6’1

Jaime Capra

Brandeis University

Sr.

G

5’10

Meg Coffin

Bates College

Sr.

C

6’2

Chari' Cooper

Kean University

Sr.

C

6’2

Tamika Curtis

Benedictine University (Ill.)

Sr.

C

6’0

Kathleen Daly

University of Scranton

Fr.

G

6’0

Kristen Daly

York College of Pennsylvania

Sr.

F

5’11

Dani Dudek

Stevens Institute of Technology

Jr.

G

5’5

Anne Dugan

Kenyon College

Sr.

C

6’0

Ashley Farrell

Rhodes College

Sr.

G

5’8

Melanie Hageman

Concordia College (Minn.)

Sr.

F

5’11

Crystal Hoewisch

Carroll College

Sr.

G

5’9

Haley Houghton

Univ. of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

Sr.

G

5’11

Hillary Klimowicz

The College of New Jersey

Jr.

C

6’3

Jessica Laing

SUNY Cortland

So.

F

5’11

Ashley McFetridge

Eastern Connecticut State Univ.

Jr.

C

6’2

Julie Marriott

University of Rochester

Jr.

C

5’11

Sarah Meisenberg

Franklin & Marshall College

Jr.

G

5’8

Natalie Moyer

U.S. Coast Guard Academy

Sr.

G

5’7

Heather Phillips

Virginia Wesleyan College

Sr.

F

5’10

Shaina Pollack

Amherst College

Sr.

C

5’6

Jayme Thiem

Thomas More College

Jr.

C

5’7

Jess Vadnais

Gustavus Adolphus College

Sr.

G

5’6

About State Farm
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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 as a sport for women and girls. For additional information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.

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