CHICAGO --- Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference regular-season champion University of St. Francis and tournament winner Saint Xavier University gained the majority of the headlines when the league office announced its 2016-17 women's basketball honor roll Tuesday night.
St. Francis, the No. 1 ranked team in the nation, gained the most individuals on the 20-member all-conference squad with four selections, while No. 3 Saint Xavier was next in line with three. The latter also was the only school to have two players named to the five-member first team. St. Francis, meanwhile, had representation on each of the first two teams as well as the honorable mention list.
Cardinal Stritch University, Holy Cross College, Olivet Nazarene University and Purdue University Northwest were the only other schools to have multiple selections on the team with two choices each.
The 20-member squad was broken down into the first two teams, both of which had five players on it, and the 10-member honorable mention group.
The first team was a near-match to that of last year with Purdue Northwest's Cassidy Deno (Otterbein, Ind.), Saint Xavier's Kara Krolicki (Mokena, Ill.) and St. Francis' Charnelle Reed (Chicago Heights, Ill.) all gaining the nods again this year.
The CCAC Freshman of the Year two years ago, Krolicki added CCAC Player of the Year honors to her resume this year after ranking among the top ten players in the league in no fewer than seven categories. In 20 conference games played, she led the league in scoring (22.1 points per contest) and three-pointers made per outing (3.9), while ranking tied for second in three-point shooting percentage (.456). She also was fourth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9), fifth in free throw percentage (.846), sixth in assists per outing (4.1) and ninth in steals per game (2.3).
Krolicki was a four-time CCAC Player of the Week selection, as well.
Krolicki's teammate, Maddie Welter (Arlington Heights, Ill.), was also recognized as one of the top performers in the league, being chosen as the CCAC Freshman of the Year. Welter's 2.9 three-pointers made per league game was the third-best mark in the conference this year, while her .455 three-point field goal percentage ranked fourth. She also averaged 11.2 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists in 19 conference games.
Rounding out the list of individual award winners was St. Francis head coach Samantha Quigley Smith, who repeated as the CCAC Coach of the Year. Besides winning the conference title, Quigley Smith guided her team to a perfect 29-0 regular season and the No. 1 ranking in the nation this year.
Cardinal Stritch University closed out the awards by being named the CCAC Champions of Character Team recipient.
For the complete list of award winners, go to Awards.
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|NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship - Championship|
|(2)Concordia University vs||83|
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|(1)St. Francis vs||56|
|NAIA National Tournament Semifinals|
|(7)College of the Ozarks vs||53|
|NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship - Quarterfinals|
|(1)St. Francis vs||51|
|(9)Eastern Oregon University||48|
|NAIA National Tournament Quarterfinals|
|(13)Friends University vs||66|
|NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship - Second Round|
|(1)St. Francis vs||69|
|NAIA National Tournament Second Round|
|Concordia University at||56|
|Round 2: 2017 NAIA National Championships|
|(RV)Indiana University Kokomo vs||61|
|NAIA Division II Women's Basketball National Championship - First Round|
|(20)Indiana University East at||85|
|NAIA Division II National Tournament First Round|
|(RV)University of California - Merced vs||(2OT)||83|
|NAIA National Tournament First Round|
|Indiana University Southeast at||57|
|Round 1: 2017 NAIA National Championships|
|Trinity Christian at||42|
|NCCAA North Central Region Tournament|
|Northwestern College at||67|
|NCCAA North Central Regional Tournament|
|(3)Saint Xavier at||88|
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|(18)Cardinal Stritch at||50|
|CCAC Tournament Semifinals|
|(15)Purdue Northwest at||72|
|CCAC Tournament - Semifinals|
|Trinity Christian at||52|
|CCAC Tournament - Quarterfinals|
|Robert Morris Illinois at||53|
|CCAC Conference Tournament Quarter-Final|
|(RV)Olivet Nazarene at||(OT)||126|
|CCAC Tournament Quarterfinals|
|Indiana - South Bend at||54|
|Holy Cross at||86|
|(16)Cardinal Stritch at||45|
|(15)Purdue Northwest at||79|
|St. Ambrose at||76|
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|Calumet St. Joseph at||52|
|Trinity International at||69|
|Robert Morris Illinois||74|
|Robert Morris Illinois at||57|
|(3)Saint Xavier at||103|
|(RV)Olivet Nazarene at||102|
|Trinity Christian at||68|
|Governors State at||63|
|Indiana - South Bend||80|
|Calumet St. Joseph at||37|
|Trinity International at||57|
|Maranatha Baptist Bible College||43|
|(1)St. Francis at||82|
|(13)Indiana University Northwest||56|
|St. Ambrose at||75|
|Robert Morris Illinois||80|
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|Indiana - South Bend at||100|