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March 24, 2014

Oklahoma Christian’s Hamilton named to NCCAA All-America 2nd-team list

WINONA LAKE, Ind. — Roz Hamilton’s statistics didn’t necessarily stick out on an Oklahoma Christian women’s basketball team whose primary quality was balance. But there was no denying Hamilton’s importance to the Lady Eagles.

The NCCAA recognized that value, naming Hamilton to the All-America second-team list at this week’s NCCAA Championship at Grace College.

It’s the latest in a long list of awards for Hamilton, a 6-foot-1 senior forward from Idabel, who earlier this month was named to the All-NCCAA Central Region honor list as well as the All-Heartland Conference second-team list.

Hamilton was OC’s only player to start all 31 games and averaged 10.5 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocked shots per game while shooting 78 percent from the free-throw line. She led the Lady Eagles to a 19-12 record and a fifth-place finish in the NCCAA Championship.

“With such a balanced team, it’s hard sometimes to get those individual awards,” OC coach Stephanie Findley said. “I’m so glad the NCCAA named Roz to their All-American list. I’m sure she would be the first to call it a team award and give credit to her teammates for helping her win it.

“As fifth-year seniors, she and Krista (Stevens) have constantly set a tone for this team of all in, all the time, both on and off the court. They have both been through some serious life trials that I believe now allows them to appreciate every single moment they are on the court. Their passion shows on every possession.”

Hamilton is the second OC player in as many seasons to receive NCCAA All-America honors, as Katy O’Steen was a first-team selection last season. Hamilton is the 21st player in OC history to be named as either a NAIA or NCCAA All-American.

She finished her career with 1,136 points and at No. 23 on OC’s all-time scoring list.

 

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