Playing 100% Until The Buzzer Sounds
The Beacons went 13-15, collecting the most CCC wins in school history, took sixth place in the CCC, and advanced to the Conference Semifinals for the first time. This successful season ended on February 27th when the Lady Beacons lost to top seeded Eastern Oregon Univeristy, 58-52, in La Grande, Oregon. It was a nail biter, as the sixth-seeded Beac’s forced 21 EOU turnovers and held the Mounties, 0-for-12 from the three-point arch. Senior point guard, Hannah Frederick scored a team-high 14 points with six rebounds, four assists, and a steal. While senior, Melyssa Weber added 11 points, and Junior, Demarea Caples had eight points, along with a team-high of eight rebounds.
Damarea Caples led the Beacons to many victories this year, not only through her shooting, but with her rebounding. She described her dedication and love for her team saying, “I’m most proud of how we proved everyone wrong, being picked last in conference and beat two teams that were nationally ranked.” Caples’s special shout out was to her roommate Jacelyn Neumann, who rooted her on all season.
Frederick was named to the 2015 All-Cascade Collegiate Conference Team. She was the Beacons second highest scorer, averaging 9.3 points per game, but also led the team in assists (101) and steals (35). During conference play, Frederick was third in the CCC in assists and sixth in steals. When asked about her team she responded, “My favorite thing about my team this year was how much of a family we were. I’ve never been on a team with such a family atmosphere and it made my senior season so enjoyable.” She would like to make a few shout outs, “to my whole team for proving everyone wrong this year, to the coaches for being so dedicated, and to my grandparents and dad for being my super-fans.”
To obtain NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors a student-athlete must be a junior or senior and needs to maintain at least a 3.5 GPA (First-year athletes at the school are not eligible). The Lady Beacons had two players earn this prestigious award this season, Junior Chandlar Gabrio with a 3.57 in the teacher education program, and Senior Allie Kelsey with a 3.92 GPA in the psychology program.
First year Head Coach, Heath Alexander said that his favorite accomplishment of the program this season doesn’t come from their play on the floor, saying, “I’m most proud of the culture that we are creating for this program. We have fun, work hard and compete to our highest level.” One of his favorite games of the season was, “Our win at OIT was also a big step for our program. To win on the road in front of 2,000 fans rooting against you was a lot of fun.” In review of the overall play of the team he said, “We battle and fought from behind, executed down the stretch and finished with a defensive stop as the buzzer sounded.”