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Cougars' Shurn named NAIA Player of the Year

Ridley, Andrews also honored

First, a national championship, now a national player of the year.

Saint Francis senior guard Skylarr Shurn was named the NAIA national Player of the Year Wednesdayas the NAIA announced the 2014 Division II women’s basketball All-America teams.

USF sophomore Brooke Ridley was named NAIA first-team All-America and coach Gary Andrews was named the Phyllis Holmes Coach of the Year.

Shurn, a Kokomo native, is the first member of the Cougars womne's basketball team to earn the NAIA Player of the Year honor since the award was established in 1998.

Shurn, who was also named the Most Valuable Player at the NAIA Division II women’s basketball national championship after scoring 30 points in the title game, led the NAIA in total scoring with 780 points, which was also a USF single-season record breaking the mark set by Brenda Schlegel (1998-99, 743).

Shurn finished among the NAIA top 15 in points per game (20.5) and steals (86). Shurn posted double-digits in 34 games this year, including six 30-plus point performances. She was named Crossroads League Player of the Year in late February.

Ridley posted a double-double in the NAIA championship title game and was named to the All-Championship first team. The sophomore forward scored 13 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked two shots. She was ranked in seven NAIA Top 50 rankings

Andrews, who is in his 13th season with the Cougars, guided the squad to a 38-0 record en route to national championship. USF is the first team to go unbeaten en route to the banner since Morningside (Iowa) accomplished the feat in 2009.