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Santos Named Honorable Mention All-America

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Arkansas Tech's Natalia Santos has earned honorable mention 2011 NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches' All-America honors from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

Santos, a 6-foot-2 junior forward from Sao Paulo, Brazil, is averaging 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds per game this season. She is the 16th student-athlete in the 34-year history of Arkansas Tech women's basketball to earn All-America accolades.

Santos and the nationally top-ranked Golden Suns (30-2) will face nationally third-ranked Michigan Tech (29-2) in the NCAA Division II Tournament national quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22.

A transfer from New Mexico Junior College, Santos is in her second year with the Golden Suns. Her play over the past two seasons has helped Arkansas Tech amass a cumulative overall record of 61-5 and win two NCAA Division II South Region championships.

Santos has scored 1,103 points in two seasons at Arkansas Tech. She has posted 21 career double-double performances and earned All-NCAA Division II South Region and All-Gulf South Conference West Division honors in both of her years with the Golden Suns.

So far during the 2011 NCAA Tournament, Santos has averaged 22.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game.

For the season, Santos ranks fourth in the GSC in scoring and eighth in rebounding. She ranks second in the GSC and eighth nationally in field goal percentage (.573).

Click here to view the complete 2011 NCAA Division II State Farm Coaches' All-America team.

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