By Anvil Welch
Globe Sports Writer
WEBB CITY, Mo. —
Crowder College’s Terai Sadler earned honorable mention all-NJCAA Division I Region 16 honors during the 2011-12 season.
She’s a first team NJCAA All-American this season.
“That has a lot to say about her work ethic,” Lady ’Rider coach Tina Robbins said Monday.
“This is exciting for everyone,” Robbins said. “She realizes she couldn’t have done it without her teammates.
“She had a great season,” Robbins said of the 5-foot-11 New Zealander. “Obviously, she’s very deserving.”
Sadler, who averaged 18.6 points, shot 57.2 percent from the field and 85.4 from the foul line.
Neosho-based Crowder, ranked 14th by the NJCAA, finished 29-6 overall and 1-1 in the Division I National Championship at Salina, Kan.
Second-seeded Central Arizona, which ousted Crowder in the nationals, wound up losing 83-71 to No. 1 Trinity Valley (Texas) in the finals. It was the Cardinals’ second straight crown and seventh overall.
Robbins said that Sadler is the second Crowder player to make the first NJCAA Division I elite. Diamond product Whitney Beckett achieved the honor in 1986.
“Terai hasn’t decided,” Robbins said of Sadler’s destination for next season. “But she probably has narrowed the list to three teams.”
Sadler helped Crowder finish 23-9 overall in 2011-12.
Robbins said that Region 16 is represented by two more players on the NJCAA teams. Three Rivers’ Erin Bollmann, a 5-11 freshman, is on the third team. Mineral Area’s Janelle Travis, a 5-7 sophomore, is an honorable mention selection.