Sheets Named First-Team All-American

March 27, 2014

SSU Sports Release

Alannah Sheets added one more milestone to her record-breaking career as she was named a first-team All-American. Sheets is the ninth player in program history to earn first-team All-American honors and the second at the NAIA Division I level (Abby Ballman, 2012).

Priscila Santos and Diane Abbady were also named honorable mention All-Americans as it marked the first time in program history that Shawnee State had three players recognized on the All-American list.

Alannah Sheets made her senior season one to remember. Already a 2012 honorable mention All-American, Sheets added Mid-South Conference Player of the Year honors to her career resume along with her second nod on the first-team All-MSC (Sheets was second-team All-MSC last season). Recently, Sheets was also named to the NAIA All-Tournament team.

In her final season with the Bears, Sheets was one of two players that started all 33 games. She led the team in scoring (21.1 ppg), minutes (36.9 mpg), 3-point field goals (96), and free throws (162). She ranked second on the team in field goals (219) and blocked shots (26), while finishing third on the team in steals (42). Looking around the NAIA, Sheets ranked fifth in the country in 3-point field goals made and total scoring (696 points). She was sixth in the NAIA in points per game, while finishing eighth in 3-pointers made per game and 39th nationally in free throw percentage (.783).

In the Shawnee State record books, her 96 treys were the second-most in school history. Her 36.9 minutes per game were also the second most in a single season at SSU. Sheets’ 696 points were the fifth-most by an SSU player in any season, while her 21.1 points per game ranked fourth all-time. As a four-year starter, Sheets broke the school record for games started (128) and minutes played (4,524). She also tied the program mark for career games played (137) with Ballman. She currently ranks second in program history in free throws made (434), 3-pointers made (275), and minutes per game (33.0). Her 1,967 career points rank third in the all-time record books.

Diane Abbady earned honorable mention All-American accolades on the heels of earning a first-team All-MSC selection earlier this season. In her second and final season with the Bears, Abbady averaged a double-double with 13.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. She led the team in offensive rebounds (130), defensive rebounds (218), total rebounds (348), and was third in the team in scoring over the course of 26.5 minutes per game. She led the conference with 16 double-doubles, while ranking 16th nationally in that category. The Bears’ forward also ranked eighth in the NAIA in field goal percentage (.541) and total rebounds. She was 13th in the NAIA in offensive rebounds per game (3.9), 16th in total rebounds per game (10.5), and 16th in defensive rebounds per game (6.6).

Abbady’s single season rebounding prowess ranks with the all-time greats at Shawnee State as she broke the program record with her 10.5 rebounds per game in a single season. She finished just two rebounds shy of the school record for total rebounds. She also ranked second in offensive rebounds and fifth in defensive rebounds for a single season at Shawnee State. Over her career, she averaged 8.6 rebounds per game, the fifth-best mark in program history. Her 3.3 offensive rebounds per game over her two seasons are the second-most in program history.

The third member of the Bears’ first-team All-MSC trio, Priscila Santos, also earned honorable mention All-American accolades. Santos came to Shawnee State after earning second-team All-American honors at William Woods last season. Santos finished second on the team with 17.1 points per game. She led the Bears in field goals (221) and steals (43), while finishing second on the team in free throws made (105). Santos scored 20 or more points in 14 of the Bears’ 33 games, including each of the NAIA Tournament contests. Santos ranked 20th in the NAIA with 547 points for the year. She was 33rd nationally in both points per game and field goal percentage (.478).

Santos’ point total ranks 14th in the Shawnee State record books for both total points and points per game in a single season. Her 221 field goals were the ninth-most by an SSU player in a single year. Her 17.1 points per game rank as the second-most in a career in program history.

Women’s basketball finished its season at 20-13 overall. The 20 victories were the 24th time in program history that the Bears have won this many games. They placed fourth in the Mid-South Conference and made the NAIA Tournament for the 19th time in the past 21 seasons. With an opening round win in overtime against Oklahoma Baptist, they advanced to the 15th Round of 16 in school history before falling to NAIA Fab Four team Wiley (Texas).