KANSAS CITY, Mo. (NAIA.org) – National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2013-14 NAIA Division I Women's The Basketball All-America teams Wednesday. Players were selected by the NAIA-Women's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee, with each team—first, second and third—consisting of 11 members.
Vanguard (Calif.) senior point guard Nicole Ballestero, an Orange, Calif., native, was selected as the 2014 NAIA National Player of the Year. Ballestero is the fifth Lion to earn the honor since the award's inception in 1998, the most of any program.
Ballestero, who was a First Team All-American last season, ranked among the top 15 nationally in points per game (2nd, 22.97), free throw percentage (7th, .843), total scoring (7th, 666 points), 3-point field goal percentage (9th, .438), 3-point field goals made per game (10th, 2.79), total 3-point field goals made (13th, 81) and assist to turnover ratio (14th, 2.30).
Oklahoma City head coach Latricia Trammell was named the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Coach of the Year after guiding the Stars to their NAIA-best seventh national championship with an 80-76 win over Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Tuesday. In two years at the helm of Oklahoma City, Trammell has accumulated a 55-9 record (27-4 in 2013-14) and has guided her team to back-to-back national championship quarterfinals. The Stars are also two-time defending Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season champions under Trammell. As a team, Oklahoma City finished the season ranked in the top 15 in 12 statistical categories.
Four programs placed multiple players among the three teams: Vanguard and national runner-up Freed-Hardeman each had two First Team All-Americans, while Westmont (Calif.) and Georgetown (Ky.) each had one First Team and one Second Team All-American.
National Champion Oklahoma City had just one All-American, Yvonte Neal, who was named to the second team. The Stars also had two All-America Honorable Mention players: Kayla MacKenzie and Autumn Lau.
There were six repeat selections from last year's All-America teams.