Written by Sean Dahlin
UNIONTOWN, Pa.—The United States Collegiate Athletic Association today announced its 2013 women's basketball All-American and All-Academic selections honoring four members of the Southern Virginia University women's basketball team.
Senior Amaris Newkirk (Folsom, N.M.) headlined the Southern Virginia selections as the 5-9 guard/forward was selected to the USCAA All-American Second Team after leading the Knights in scoring with 13.2 points-per-game and steals (2.9) while ranking second in the team in rebounds (9.2), assists (3.4) and blocks (0.8).
"Amaris [Newkirk] has been our leader all season," said fourteen-year Head Coach Michael Harmon, who led the squad to an undefeated mark at home this year. "She has worked hard for this program her two years here and is very deserving of the honor."
Named USCAA Player of the Week on Jan. 29, Newkirk currently ranks fifth in career rebounds (312) and seventh on the women's basketball all-time career scoring list (428).
Newkirk was joined on the All-American team by junior guard Ann Kuroki (Hershey, Neb.), who earned Honorable Mention honors. Kuroki—USCAA Player of the Week on Feb. 13—has recorded a team-high 4.0 assists-per-game while averaging 8.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.6 steals-per-game.
"Ann [Kuroki] has been a key contributor to our team's success running point," said Harmon. "She is an all-around player that has done a lot for us in her first year in the program."
Two additional women's basketball scholar-athletes—senior forward Abigail Logan (Buena Vista, Va.) and sophomore guard Katie Swenson (Payson, Utah)—earned USCAA All-Academic honors accumulating a 3.5-plus GPA.
A USCAA All-Academic member in 2011-12 as well, Logan ranks second on the team this year in field goal percentage (43.7-percent), third in rebounds (6.5) and assists (1.3) and fourth in scoring (10.6).
In her first year at Southern Virginia, Swenson has provided a spark off the bench averaging 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and nearly one steal-per-game.
"Abigail [Logan] has been a staple of women's basketball in her three seasons with us on-the-court and in the classroom, and Katie [Swenson] demonstrates the true meaning of what a scholar-athlete is."