Bignell, Cahill take home All-American mentions

KANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Montana Western’s Sammi Bignell and Carroll College’s Torrie Cahill received mention today as the NAIA released the Division I Women’s Basketball All-American team.

Bignell received an honorable mention, while Cahill was named to the third team.

Bignell, a 5-foot-10 junior from Helena, averaged a team-leading 16.1 points per game to lead the Bulldogs. The former Helena Capital star also grabbed a team-best 6.3 rounds.

Cahill, a 5-foo-11 senior from Miles City,  averaged a team-leading 15.1 points and 6.1 rebounds per game.

Frontier champion Westminster College saw two players receive honor. Senior Nicole Yazzie was named first-team All-American. She was third-team last year.

Classmate Cydney Tibbitts earned a spot on the third team.

First Team    
NameInstitutionPos.ClassHometown
Brittney CarterFaulkner (Ala.)FSo.Montgomery, Ala.
Natalie Shumpert*Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)GSr.Paducah, Ky.
Hollie German^Lee (Tenn.)GJr.Benton, Tenn.
Ashley Rainey*Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)FSr.Bowling Green, Ky.
Nicole HamptonLubbock Christian (Texas)GSo.Canyon, Texas
Lauren Gober%Oklahoma CityFSr.Newcastle, Okla.
Katie HallOklahoma CityCSr.Hazelton, Idaho
Nicole BallesteroVanguard (Calif.)GJr.Orange, Calif.
Nicole Yazzie%Westminster (Utah)GSr.West Valley City, Utah
Tugce Canitez*Westmont (Calif.)FSr.Izmir, Turkey
Second Team    
NameInstitutionPos.ClassHometown
Heather English%Columbia (Mo.)GJr.Boonville, Mo.
Jessica PaceCumberland (Tenn.)FSr.Nashville, Tenn.
Kourtney TyraGeorgetown (Ky.)GJr.McKee, Ky.
Kelsey BalcomMidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.)GJr.Olathe, Kan.
Ashlie BillingsleaSouthern Poly (La.)GSr.Stone Mountain, Ga.
April PerrySouthern-NO (La.)GSr.Long Beach, Calif.
Janae HowardSt. Catharine (Ky.)FSr.Owensboro, Ky.
Jacquelyn MarshallThe Master’s (Calif.)FJr.San Clemente, Calif.
Esther TimmermansVanguard (Calif.)FSr.Melbourne, Australia
Priscila SantosWilliam Woods (Mo.)GJr.Sao Paulo, Brazil
Third Team    
NameInstitutionPos.ClassHometown
Adijat AdamsBiola (Calif.)CJr.Inglewood, Calif.
Courtney CliftonCampbellsville (Ky.)GSr.Lexington, Ky.
Torrie CahillCarroll (Mont.)GSr.Miles City, Mont.
Ashley TateFreed-Hardeman (Tenn.)GSr.Memphis, Tenn.
Schera SampsonShawnee State (Ohio)CSr.Austin, Texas
Sarah OgokeSouthern Poly (Ala.)GJr.Sugarland, Texas
Reilly PoirierSt. Catharine (Ky.)FSr.Dennis, Mass.
Leticia SilvaSt. Gregory’sGSr.Whitesboro, Texas
Cydney TibbittsWestminster (Utah)FSr.Pasco, Wash.
Aliesha CarruthersWiley (Texas)FSr.Houston, Texas
Honorable Mention 
NameInstitution
LaKenya DraytonAuburn Montgomery (Ala.)
Alisha FanshierBaker (Kan.)
Justice PayneBenedictine (Kan.)
Jasmine TaylorBethel (Tenn.)
Anna Brooke PageBlue Mountain (Ky.)
Gabby HarveyBrenau (Ga.)
Mackenzie LeeCampbellsville (Ky.)
Ralyn NussCentral Methodist (Mo.)
Crystal ChaneyCoastal Georgia
Lily AbreuColumbia (Mo.)
Dace BicaneCumberlands (Ky.)
Jazzmin SmithDillard (La.)
Kaylyn YoungEmmanuel (Ga.)
Sierra McSpaddenEvangel (Mo.)
Christina HayesFaulkner (Ala.)
Maria BagwellFreed-Hardeman (Tenn.)
Ashley Hurd-SpencerHannibal-LaGrange (Mo.)
Andrina RendonHope International (Calif.)
Jenna AdamsLee (Tenn.)
Annie KaneLewis Clark (Idaho)
Jenna DiakosLSU Shreveport (La.)
Sharde HenryLSU Shreveport (La.)
Kelsey CanavanLubbock Christian (Texas)
Phagen AltomLyon (Ark.)
Jessy ChristopherMartin Methodist (Tenn.)
Kourtni WilliamsMid-America Christian (Okla.)
Stephanie MaloneMid-Continent (Ky.)
Sammi BignellMontana Western
Zbeyda AremiOklahoma Baptist
Desiree JeffriesOklahoma City
Nashae OwensOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Nikkia DavisOur Lady of the Lake (Texas)
Courtney WardPeru State (Neb.)
Uniqua HamptonRobert Morris (Ill.)
Logan FroeseRoger’s State (Okla.)
Sierra CornwellRoger’s State (Okla.)
Brittany DanielSan Diego Christian (Calif.)
Sabrina ScottSouthern New Orleans (La.)
Amber Arceneaux-FrancisSt. Thomas (Texas)
Lena RiveraThe Master’s (Calif.)
Chasity KearneyTougaloo (Miss.)
Portia CraftTougaloo (Miss.)
Chelsea CluesmanUVA-Wise (Va.)
Kierra PattersonVorhees (S.C.)
Esther LeeWestmont (Calif.)
Kelsie SampsonWestmont (Calif.)
Cheyenne ChildersWilliams Baptist (Ark.)
Courtney SturdivantWVU Tech
SiMon FranklinXavier (La.)
* 2012 First Team All-American
^ 2012 Second Team All-American
% 2012 Third Team All-American


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