Rio’s Marcum, Barnes named to all-RSC team

By Randy Payton - For Ohio Valley Publishing

FLORENCE, Ky. — University of Rio Grande senior Brooke Marcum earned first-team honors, while senior Sharday Baines grabbed second-team kudos on the 2016-17 all-River States Conference Women’s Basketball Teams — announced Tuesday by conference officials.

Marcum, a native of Vinton, powers the RedStorm with 11.6 ppg and 8.9 rpg, while shooting 64-percent from the floor.

Baines, who hails from East Cleveland, averages 12.5 ppg and 3.9 apg, while shooting 40-percent from beyond the three-point arc.

Leading the honorees is IU East’s Tia King, who was unanimously selected as the RSC Player of the Year.

The 5-9 junior guard from Indianapolis, Ind., received every possible top vote from the RSC coaches and led the all-conference voting.

King averages a conference-best 18.6 ppg and powers the Red Wolves to 25-5 overall, 16-1 RSC as the top team in the conference.

She is also second in the conference in field-goal shooting (.456), 3-point field-goal shooting (.403) and 3-pointers made (85).

Midway University took home the other two individual awards with RSC Coach of the Year John Kenger and RSC Newcomer of the Year Breanna Ball.

Kenger, in his second year at Midway, got the top coaching honor after leading the Eagles to 21-9 overall, 12-6 RSC.

That follows up last year’s record of 0-30, 0-18 conference.

Ball received her individual honor as the top vote-getter who is new to the conference this year.

A senior guard, Ball was fourth overall in the all-conference voting and ranks sixth in the RSC in averaging 14.0 ppg.

There were a total of 10 players on the all-RSC First Team, led by King.

There were also 10 players on the all-RSC Second Team in the balloting of the 13 RSC women’s basketball head coaches.

Also chosen was the RSC Women’s Basketball Champions of Character Team — with one player from each school who best exhibits the five character values of the NAIA’s Champions of Character program of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

Deja Felder, a guard from IU Kokomo, finished second overall in the voting and is on the all-RSC First Team.

She ranks third in the conference at 15.5 ppg and led the Cougars to the RSC West Division title.

She also averaged 4.6 rpg and 3.5 apg.

Brittany Warren, a guard from Asbury University, was third on the all-conference list.

She averages 18.3 ppg to rank second in the conference and is also in the top four in the RSC in field-goal percentage (.428) and steals (2.31 spg).

In addition to King, Ball, Felder, Warren and Marcum, the rest of the all-RSC First Team includes Point Park guard/forward Ja’Nia McPhatter (12.6 ppg), Ohio Christian forward Erinn Bailey (12.7 ppg, 9.1 rpg), Asbury forward Kali Whiteside (8.9 ppg, 12.4 rpg), WVU Tech guard Savannah Shamblin (14.4 ppg, 3.3 apg) and IU East guard Kristen Miller (12.6 ppg, 51-percent FG).

Along with Baines, the all-RSC Second Team includes two more starters for IU East with guard/forward Mackenzie Campbell (12.2 ppg, 45-percent FG) and guard Bailey Dreiman (6.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg) making the list.

The rest of the all-RSC Second Team includes IU Southeast forward Jocelyn Mousty (11.5 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.2 bpg), IU Kokomo forward Whitney Williamson (11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg), Alice Lloyd forward Amber Shepherd (14.0 ppg), WVU Tech guard Cheyanna Lusk (13.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Carlow forward Emma Stille (13.4 ppg, 12.7 rpg), Midway forward Timitryi Patterson (11.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg) and Ohio Christian guard Paige Lewis (12.6 ppg).

Marcum was Rio Grande’s representative on the Champions of Character team.

By Randy Payton

For Ohio Valley Publishing