KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 3/23/2012 - Union University senior and former Jackson North Side High School standout Lavanda Ross was named the NAIA National Player of the Year. Ross was also named an NAIA All-American first team player. Ross was named to one of the All-America teams in each of her four seasons at Union.
In addition to Ross, sophomore guard LaTesa McLaughlin of Millington, Tenn. was also honored by the NAIA, being named an NAIA All-America honorable mention.
Ross, a 5-foot-11 guard from Jackson, Tenn., ranked amongst the top nationally in total scoring (672), field goal percentage (.572) and total steals (92). She averaged 18.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game, while leading the Lady Bulldogs to their fourth-straight NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball National Championship final – ninth overall.
Ross, who surpassed 2,000 career points in Union’s 62-50 win against Georgetown in the National Championship semifinals, is making her second-straight appearance on the first team. She is the third Lady Bulldog to receive National Player of the Year honors (Josephine Owino, 2008 – 09; Stephanie Clark, Co-2005) and is the sixth Union player to repeat as a first team All-American.
McLaughlin, a 5-foot-5 guard, averaged 5.8 points on the season, 4.1 assists and 2.3 steals per game. She was named the TranSouth’s Defensive Player of the Year and all-conference. McLaughlin ranked No. 1 in the NAIA with a 3.0 assists-to-turnover ratio and No. 12 in total assists (148).
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