The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


March 25, 2014

Jeronimus becomes PSU's first women's basketball first-team All-American

Pittsburg State junior forward Lizzy Jeronimus is a first-team selection on the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division II All-America team.

The 10-member All-America team is selected by a panel of coaches from each of the eight Division II regions from players who earned first team all-region honors. All-region players not among the top-10 vote getters receive honorable mention All-America laurels.

Jeronimus, an honorable mention All-American the previous two years, is the first Pittsburg State women’s basketball player to earn first-team All-America recognition. Kelly Krumsick was a third team NAIA All-American, and Leslie Dudley, Jenni Miller, Dani Fronabarger, Janet Clasen and Ann Woloszyk were honorable mention.

“I am incredibly humbled to receive this award,” Jeronimus said in a press release. “It is especially humbling to know I am the first Pitt State player to receive this honor, knowing there have been many great players before me.

“I know that I could not be the player I am without the faith that my coaches put in me and the  help of my teammates. This was a great season for us, and I am excited to see what we can accomplish next year.”

Jeronimus, a native of Lenexa, Kan., averaged 18.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists this season for the Gorillas, who went 23-8, tied for second place in the MIAA at 16-3 and lost to Wayne State (Neb.) in the first round of the Central Region Tournament in Searcy, Ark.

Her 580 points this season are the second most in school history behind Dudley’s 597 points in the 1997-98 campaign, and she set a school record by making 217 free throws.

She is fourth on the Gorillas’ career lists in points (1,600) and rebounds (611), and she’s ninth in assists, making her the only player to rank in the top 10 in all three categories.

Central Missouri forward Keuna Flax, the MIAA player of the year, joined Jeronimus on the first team, and Fort Hays State center Kate Lehman, the league’s defensive player of the year, received honorable mention.

Men’s All-America Team

Northwest Missouri State point guard DeShaun Cooper and Central Oklahoma forward Josh Gibbs were first-team selections on the men’s National Basketball Coaches Association Division II team.

Cooper was the conference’s player of the year, and Gibbs led the league in rebounds (11.1 average) and was second in scoring (21.6).

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