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KANSAS CITY, Mo. –The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2017 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams Thursday. Players were selected by the NAIA-Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America Committee. Each team – first, second and third – consists of 10 individuals.

Tajanee Wells led the Lady Tornadoes in scoring averaging 17.6 ppg and 8 rebounds.  Wells finish her career with 1521 points and 656 rebounds.

Daniela Wallen of Oklahoma City – a second team All-American last season – headlines this year's honorees, as the senior was chosen as the 2017 NAIA National Player of the Year. She is the third Star to claim the award since its inception in 1998. Former Oklahoma City standouts Patty Cantella (2000) and Kesha Watson (2003 and 2004) are the others.

Wallen led Oklahoma City to an NAIA record ninth all-time national title this season. The Caracas, Venezuela, native scored in double-figures in every game this year en route to an NAIA-best 24.6 points per game average. Wallen also led the NAIA in total steals (137), while also ranking among the top 10 in field goal percentage (55.6 percent) and total rebounds (317).

Wallen was equally as dominant at the 2017 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, presented by Wells Fargo. Through five games, Wallen averaged 24.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest, while also shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 81.5 percent at the charity stripe. Wallen received the championship's Most Valuable Player award.

Arguably her highlight game of the season came in the semifinals of the national championship against Campbellsville (Ky.), as she tallied a stat line of 33 points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block. Wallen ended that game shooting 12-of-16 from the field, 2-for-3 from long range and 7-of-8 at the free throw line.

Oklahoma City head coach Bo Overton was named this season's NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Coach of the Year. Overton, who is in his second year at the helm of the Oklahoma City program, led the team to a 34-2 overall record, including the aforementioned national championship. This is the ninth time that the award has been given to the leader of the Stars.

Chanel Roberts of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Kourtney Pennywell of LSU Shreveport (La.) are receiving All-America honors for the third time in their careers. There are 11 players among the 30 honored that are named to one of the three teams for a second time.

Five institutions had multiple players earn All-America status – Biola (Calif.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Lindsey Wilson and Shawnee State (Ohio).

For more information on NAIA Division I Women's Basketball, click here.

2017 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball All-America Teams

First Team

    

Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Taleeah Cross *

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

G

Sr.

South Fulton, Tenn.

Kim Mallory

Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.)

F

Jr.

Nettleton, Miss.

Caelyn Orlandi *

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

G

Sr.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Kayla Styles

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

F

Jr.

Louisville, Ky.

Starla Daggan

Mobile (Ala.)

G

Sr.

Prentiss, Miss.

Natalee Faupel *

Montana State-Northern

G

Sr.

Butte, Mont.

Daniela Wallen * %

Oklahoma City

F

Sr.

Caracas, Venezuela

Jonessa Moore

Shawnee State (Ohio)

C

Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Claire Lamunu

Vanguard (Calif.)

F

Sr.

Kampala, Uganda

Aysia Shellmire *

Westmont (Calif.)

F

Sr.

Burbank, Calif.

     

Second Team

    

Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Kelsey Larson

Baker (Kan.)

F

Sr.

Iola, Kan.

Kristen Murphy

Benedictine (Kan.)

F

Jr.

Olathe, Kan.

DeMoria White

Biola (Calif.)

G

Jr.

Inglewood, Calif.

Emily Fox

Campbellsville (Ky.)

G

Sr.

McKinney, Ky.

DaJonee Hale *

Central Methodist (Mo.)

G

Jr.

Anchorage, Alaska

Brittany Tackett *

Lewis-Clark State (Idaho)

F

Jr.

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Chanel Roberts * ^

Lindsey Wilson (Ky.)

F

Sr.

Radcliff, Ky.

Aniese Palmore

Montana Western

G

Sr.

Santa Monica, Calif.

Madison Ridout

Shawnee State (Ohio)

F

Jr.

Jackson, Ohio

Bianca Cubello *

The Master's (Calif.)

F

Sr.

Riverside, Calif.

     

Third Team

    

Name

Institution

Pos.

Class

Hometown

Shamon Pearson *

Bethel (Tenn.)

G

Jr.

Ridgely, Tenn.

Annie Park

Biola (Calif.)

G

Sr.

Torrance, Calif.

Kelsey Ernst

Clarke (Iowa)

F

Sr.

Bellevue, Iowa

Nicole Bowers

Cumberland (Tenn.)

F

Sr.

Nashville, Tenn.

Baily Cameron

John Brown (Ark.)

F

So.

Siloam Springs, Ark.

Meghan Temple

Loyola (La.)

F

Sr.

Houston, Texas

Kourtney Pennywell * ^

LSU Shreveport (La.)

C

Sr.

Shreveport, La.

Kiara Moore

Lyon (Ark.)

G

Sr.

Little Rock, Ark.

Kyoko Wade

Martin Methodist (Tenn.)

F

Sr.

Nashville, Tenn.

Tajanee Wells

Talladega (Ala.)

F

Sr.

Columbus, Ohio


* 2016 All-American
^ 2015 All-American
% 2017 National Player of the Year

Honorable Mention

Name

Institution

Courtney Christmas

Arizona Christian

Raven Bunn

Avila (Mo.)

Serena Parker

Benedictine (Kan.)

Brandi Goodman

Bethel (Tenn.)

Joclyn Kirton

Biola (Calif.)

Cassidy Hashley

Carroll (Mont.)

Lexie Moe

Central Methodist (Mo.)

Ashlee Marlatt

Columbia (Mo.)

Morgan Brandt

Columbia (Mo.)

Faith LeGate

Faulkner (Ala.)

Lashae Brown

Fisk (Tenn.)

Emilie Ziese

Georgetown (Ky.)

Sydney Vaughn

Graceland (Iowa)

Maddie Westergard

Grand View (Iowa)

Stephanie McDonagh

Great Falls (Mont.)

Brionna Taylor

Harris-Stowe (Mo.)

Brianna Mueller

Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)

Alison Webb

Lindenwood-Belleville (Ill.)

Zoie Miller

Loyola (La.)

Sarai Rodriguez

Mid-America Christian (Okla.)

Kali Koenig

Mobile (Ala.)

Sierra Richards

Montana State-Northern

Martha Dembek

Montana Tech

Hattie Thatcher

Montana Tech

Kaye Bignell

Montana Western

Daniela Galindo

Oklahoma City

Alyssa Ward

Our Lady of the Lake (Texas)

Kelah Eldridge

Pikeville (Ky.)

Devin Conley

Pikeville (Ky.)

Dierra Ely

Science & Arts (Okla.)

Brandie Snow

Shawnee State (Ohio)

Maghen Lormand

St. Thomas (Texas)

Katelynn Threats

Texas Wesleyan

Megan Lindsley

The Master's (Calif.)

Jade Jones

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Shawna Monreal

Wayland Baptist (Texas)

Aimee Brakken

Westmont (Calif.)

Lauren McCoy

Westmont (Calif.)

Alyssa Phillips

William Penn (Iowa)

Jasmine Brown

William Woods (Mo.)

niela Wallen of Oklahoma City – a second team All-American last season – headlines this year's honorees, as the senior was chosen as the 2017 NAIA National Player of the Year. She is the third Star to claim the award since its inception in 1998. Former Oklahoma City standouts Patty Cantella (2000) and Kesha Watson (2003 and 2004) are the others.

Wallen led Oklahoma City to an NAIA record ninth all-time national title this season. The Caracas, Venezuela, native scored in double-figures in every game this year en route to an NAIA-best 24.6 points per game average. Wallen also led the NAIA in total steals (137), while also ranking among the top 10 in field goal percentage (55.6 percent) and total rebounds (317).

Wallen was equally as dominant at the 2017 NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship, presented by Wells Fargo. Through five games, Wallen averaged 24.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per contest, while also shooting 51.6 percent from the field and 81.5 percent at the charity stripe. Wallen received the championship's Most Valuable Player award.

Arguably her highlight game of the season came in the semifinals of the national championship against Campbellsville (Ky.), as she tallied a stat line of 33 points, four rebounds, four steals, three assists and one block. Wallen ended that game shooting 12-of-16 from the field, 2-for-3 from long range and 7-of-8 at the free throw line.

Oklahoma City head coach Bo Overton was named this season's NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Coach of the Year. Overton, who is in his second year at the helm of the Oklahoma City program, led the team to a 34-2 overall record, including the aforementioned national championship. This is the ninth time that the award has been given to the leader of the Stars.

Chanel Roberts of Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) and Kourtney Pennywell of LSU Shreveport (La.) are receiving All-America honors for the third time in their careers. There are 11 players among the 30 honored that are named to one of the three teams for a second time.

Five institutions had multiple players earn All-America status – Biola (Calif.), Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), Lindsey Wilson and Shawnee State (Ohio).