KANSAS CITY, Mo. – With the conclusion of the season on Tuesday with the crowning of Oklahoma City University at the 2017 NAIA Div. I Women's Basketball National Champion, the Association released the annual All-America list on Thursday afternoon.
Kristen Murphy was named to the second team and Serena Parker was named honorable mention for their efforts in helping guide the Ravens to their third straight NAIA tournament appearance and 25-9 overall record.
Murphy averaged 15.8 ppg this season, playing in all 34 games for head coach Chad Folsom. She finished the year with a total of 538 points which established a new program record for single-season scoring. Murphy broke the previous record of 531 points set by Jessi Vercande during the 1998-'99 season. She finished ranked 20th in NAIA Div. I in total scoring and was 28th in steals with a team high 69.
"She kind of did it all for us," Coach Folsom said. "I think she was one of the toughest players in the conference to guard because of the fact that she could score from everywhere."
Parker was second on the team in scoring with a 13.9 ppg average as she also played in all 34 games this season. She finished the year with a 52.8 percent average from the floor, which ranked her at 12th in NAIA Div. I. She also finished the season ranked 17th in NAIA Div. I with a team high 49 blocks. She finished in a tie for the team lead in rebounds per game at 7.3 while her 249 total rebounds places her season total at fourth on the Ravens single-season rebounding list.
"We're excited to have Serena and Kristen back for next year," Coach Folsom said. "Serena was our second-leading scorer and an all-conference selection for us in the post. She was big for us this year in the post and we're looking forward to what she's going to be able to continue to do for us."
The All-America honors are the first for both players and the seventh and eighth selections for the program under Coach Folsom. The selections of Murphy and Parker to the All-America team mark the fifth and sixth selections since Benedictine made the jump to the NAIA Div. I level for the 2008-'09 season.