Lady Rams secure two players on AAC All-Conference 2nd Team for 11-12' Season
Gillard and McNeal represent Bluefield WBB in AAC lists
Sports Information Department BC
February 27, 2012
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
Asheville, North Carolina- The Applachian Athletic Conference announced Monday evening at the end of the season awards banquet the all-conference team members and the Lady Rams placed two players on the AAC Second Team with SR Kia Gillard and SO Teqa McNeal.
A day after the men's team picked up three players on the all-conference list, the Lady Rams place an additional two players for the winter sports' accolades for Bluefield College Athletics.
Sr Kia Gillard was the first of two players awarded with a spot on the All-AAC Second Team list. Gillard led the Lady Rams in assists and steals for the season with 2.65 apg and 1.73 spg respectively. She also finished as one of three players on Bluefield's roster to score in double-figures averaging 10.42 ppg.
Gillard's leadership at the point was an important facet of the Lady Rams game plan for the 2011-2012 season. As a four-year starter, Gillard has set the standard for quality basketball at Bluefield. She has averaged in double-figures for her final two seasons.
Kia also passed the 1,000th point mark in her Bluefield career in earlier this season against Virginia Intermont at the Dome.
The second Lady Ram to earn an All-Conference honors was SO Teqa McNeal. McNeal joined Gillard as a Second-Team member for her season contribution during the 2011-2012 campaign.
In her first season in a Bluefield jersey, McNeal led the Lady Rams in scoring at 13.1 ppg. In Bluefield's season-sweep of eventual conference champs, Tennessee Wesleyan, McNeal exploded for her best performance of the season when she dropped 31 points on 14-27 from the field.
Early in the season, McNeal also earned AAC Women's Basketball Player of the Week for her efforts for three games in late January.
Teqa went over the 20+ point mark five times this season as she helped lead her team to a 19-9 regular season record. The Columbia, SC native also averaged 3.9 rpg and 1.5 apg.
Gillard and McNeal will look to extend Bluefield's strong, successful season when they compete at the NCCAA Regionals in early March at Tennessee Temple. The winner of the Mid-East Region will lock in a spot to compete at the NCCAA National Championships from March 14-17 in Winona Lake, Ind.