FORT WAYNE, Ind. – University of Saint Francis juniors Akyah Taylor and Brooke Ridley have been named to The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division II Women’s Basketball All-America Team on Wednesday.
Taylor (Elkhart, Ind. / Memorial H.S.) was named to the first team while Ridley (Fort Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers H.S.) was a third-team selection. Ridley was a first-team All-America in 2014 helping USF to its first NAIA Championship under Head Coach Gary Andrews.
Taylor scored 706 points and finished with a 20.8 scoring average helping the Lady Cougars to the NAIA Championship Elite eight. Her points ranks No. 3 on the USF single-season list and Taylor is just the third USF player to score 700 or more points in a season behind Skylarr Shurn (2014 / 780) and Brenda Schlegel (1999 / 743). Taylor also became the 22nd Lady Cougar to score 1,000 or more points in a career and will enter her senior season with 1,020 points, which ranks No. 22 on the list, and she has a 20.8 career scoring average. Taylor is also just the fifth player with 300 or more rebounds in a season finishing with 307 in 2014-15, a 9.0 average. She led the Crossroads League in scoring average, points scored, rebounds and double-doubles (16). Taylor scored in double figures in 42 consecutive games over the last two seasons and has scored in double figures in 47 of 49 games at USF. She has rebounded in double figures in 21 career games, 16 this season. She posted career highs of 32 points (Taylor 1/28/15) and 16 rebounds (Calumet 11/15/14).
Ridley is just the fifth player in 41 seasons to score 500 or more points in consecutive seasons for the Lady Cougars. She finished with seven NAIA DII Top 50 stats rankings. Ridley moved up to No. 5 on the USF career scoring list this season finishing with 1,450 points and is No. 3 on the career rebounds list with 830. She score 524 points in 2014-15 averaging 15.0 points a game. She led the CL in blocked shots for the third consecutive season and increased her USF career record to 235. She produced seven double-doubles in 2014-15, sixth in the CL.
Where Akyah Taylor ranked in final NAIA DII Top 50 stats . . .
No. 2 in Division II in Total Scoring (706)
No. 8 in Division II in Points per Game (20.8)
No. 10 in Division II in Field Goal Pct ( .557)
No. 13 in Division II in Total Total Rebounds (307)
No. 15 in Division II in Offensive Rebounds per Game (3.8)
No. 30 in Division II in Total Rebounds per Game (9.0)
Where Brooke Ridley ranked in final NAIA DII Top 50 stats . . .
No. 12 in Division II in Field Goal Pct ( .543)
No. 16 in Division II in Total Blocks (61)
No. 20 in Division II in Blocks per Game (1.7)
No. 25 in Division II in Total Steals (81)
No. 33 in Division II in Total Scoring (524)
No. 33 in Division II in Total Total Rebounds (269)
No. 45 in Division II in Steals per Game (2.3)
USF Women’s Basketball NAIA All-American List
1991-92 Jane Post 2nd Team C Sr.
1997-98 Brenda Schlegel 1st Team F So.
1998-99 Brenda Schlegel 1st Team F Jr.
1999-00 Brenda Schlegel 1st Team F Sr.
2000-01 Amy Parrett 2nd Team G Sr.
2004-05 Megan Dossen 3rd Team F Jr.
2005-06 Megan Dossen 2nd Team F Sr.
2005-06 Cassie Kline Hon. Mention G Sr.
2006-07 Nikki Lewis 2nd Team G Sr.
2009-10 Bessie Jenkins 2nd Team G Sr.
2010-11 Julie Seiss 1st Team G Sr.
2012-13 Kayla Drake 2nd Team G Sr.
2013-14 *Skylarr Shurn 1st Team G Sr.
2013-14 Brooke Ridley 1st Team F So.
2013-14 Jenelle Wilson Hon. Mention G Sr.
2014-15 Akyah Taylor 1st Team F Jr.
2014-15 Brooke Ridley 2nd Team F Jr.
*NAIA Division II PLAYER OF THE YEAR