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Four Women’s Basketball Players Receive Conference Honors; Ramsey Voted Coach of the Year

March 2, 2011
By cnp
Posted in Athletics

Clarksville, Ark.-Four University of the Ozarks women's basketball players received recognition from the American Southwest Conference and Head Coach Carl Ramsey was named East Division Coach of the Year, it was announced Wednesday by ASC Media Relations Director Greg Weghorst.

Junior center Sabrina Goddard, junior guard April Young and junior guard Lacey Phillips were named to the ASC All-East Division Second Team. Freshman forward Ashley Barry earned a spot on the East Division All-Freshman Team. Ramsey, who led the Lady Eagles to the playoffs in just his second season, posted the program’s first winning record in nearly a decade.

“I am proud of all these girls and it means a lot to the program,” said Ramsey. “These honors are a tribute to our players and how they produced this season. That group of juniors has progressed from winning five games their freshmen year to making the playoffs this season. Each understands they have a solid supporting cast around them.”

“Sabrina has size and you can’t coach that,” said Ramsey. “She gave us a presence inside offensively and defensively and was consistently one of the top scorers in the league. Her inside presence opened up the outside game even more. April was the top three-pointer shooters in the conference but she does so much more than that. She is one of our better defensive players and better rebounders. She has a quick release on her shot and that makes her a threat on the perimeter. I thought her game against Texas-Tyler at the end of the year showed what she is made of. Lacey has worked hard to get where she is at and I am real proud of her. Her performance against Mississippi College on the road showed her all-around game. It is a rare thing that Ashley came off the bench and made the All-Freshman Team. When she was in the game she made a positive impact. She will be an outstanding player in our program.”

Goddard, a 6-foot-1 native of Stroud, Okla., finished sixth in the conference in scoring (15.4), eighth in rebounding (7.9) and second in blocks (2.8). Goddard started in all 26 games and was the team-leader in all the aforementioned categories and free throws (93). She led the team in scoring 15 times and rebounding 17 times. Goddard reached double figures in scoring 22 times and produced at least 20 points in nine games. Additionally, she posted five double-doubles. Against Howard Payne University November 29, she scored a career-high 34 points and went 14-of-18 from the free throw line. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team earlier this season and was voted the ASC Player of the Week three times this season. Last year, she earned All-Conference Second Team honors. She is a two-time member of the ASC All-Academic Team.

Young, a 5-foot-7 native of Deer, led the ASC in three-pointers per game (2.2) and three-point percentage (41.7%). She finished seventh in assists (3.2) and twenty-third in scoring (11.3). Young was second on the team in scoring, rebounding and assists. She hit 58-of-139 from the three-point line, both team-highs, and her three-point percentage placed her nineteenth in NCAA III. She reached double figures in scoring 17 times, including a 26-point outburst against Texas-Tyler February 19. She made at least two three-pointers in 19 games, including a season-high five against Hendrix College. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-District Team earlier this season and was voted to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Team her sophomore season. Last year, she earned All-Conference Honorable Mention Team honors. She is a two-time member of the ASC All-Academic Team.

Phillips, a 5-foot-8 native of Clarksville, finished in the top-15 in five different categories among ASC players. She finished second in assists (4.9) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.7), twelfth in field goal percentage (46.4%), thirteenth in steals (1.3) and fourteenth in three-pointers per game (1.3). She averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. She hit 28-of-73 from the three-point line and 26-of-32 from the free throw line. Against Mississippi College January 22, she nearly had a triple-double, scoring 12 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out nine assists. She earned Player of the Week honors from for that performance. She was on the All-Freshman Team and Honorable Mention All-Conference in 2008-2009.

Barry, a 5-foot-8 native of Hallsville, Texas, played in all 26 games and averaged 5.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. Barry’s rebound average ranked second on the team. She reached double figures three times during the season and had five or more rebounds 15 times. She had 13 points and eight rebounds in her first career game at Ozarks.

Ramsey orchestrated a seven-game improvement from the previous season and the Lady Eagles qualified for the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-2007 season. Ozarks ended the year with a 14-12 overall record, the first winning record since 2001-2002.