Arkansas Tech's Rosie Silva was named Great American Conference defender of the year and a total of three Golden Suns were named All-GAC when the league announced its inaugural women's basketball awards on Wednesday, Feb. 29.
Silva and fellow Arkansas Tech student-athlete Natalia Santos were both named to the All-GAC first team. Tech's Katie Horsman was named All-GAC second team.
The awards were presented based on votes from all nine head women's basketball coaches in the GAC.
Silva (photographed, top left) leads NCAA Division II in steals (4.8 per game) this season. She leads the GAC and ranks third in assists (6.6 per game), and her 13.2 points per game average is ninth-best in the conference.
Santos (photographed, top right) ranks first in the GAC in scoring (16.8 points per game) and third in the league in rebounding (8.0 per game).
Horsman (photographed, bottom middle) leads the Great American Conference in 3-point field goal percentage (.432) and free throw percentage (.883). She is tied for the conference lead in 3-point field goals made (2.4 per game), and she ranks 10th in the league in scoring (12.9 points per game).
Southwestern Oklahoma State's Darcie Dick was named GAC player of the year and newcomer of the year. SWOSU's Kelsi Musick was selected as GAC coach of the year. GAC freshman of the year went to Harding's Montana Lewis.
The Golden Suns will tangle with the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm in the first round of the GAC Tournament on Friday, March 2. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. Radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the broadcast.
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