|Ferrum’s Akers earns All-Region laurels|
Ferrum College senior Tesla Akers drives to the basket for two points. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Friday, March 15, 2013
Ferrum College senior guard Telsa Akers has been selected to the 2013 D3hoops.com All-South Region women's basketball team.
Akers, who hails from Princeton, W.Va., is a third-team choice.
Nominations were taken from Sports Information Directors from the region's schools.
Akers, a four-year starter for the Panthers, played an instrumental role in guiding Ferrum to a share of the USA South Athletic Conference's regular-season championship and its second consecutive berth in the NCAA Division III women's basketball tournament.
The Panthers set the single-season school record for wins by finishing the 2012-13 campaign 24-5.
Ferrum was ranked nationally throughout the season and held the No.1 ranking in the South Region for three consecutive weeks.
Ferrum ended its season with an 84-67 loss to Great South Athletic Conference champion Huntingdon (Ala.) College in the opening round of the national tournament. Akers paced Ferrum in scoring in that game with 15 points.
Akers, a first-team All-USA South performer who was the Most Valuable Player of the league's postseason tournament as a junior, finished her career ranked fifth on the Panthers' all-time scoring chart with 1,390 points.
Ferrum was 86-27 during Akers' career. She appeared in 112 games, 107 of which she started.
Natosha Gottlieb, a forward from Louisiana College, is the Player of the Year and Anecia Richardson a forward from Trinity (Texas) is the Rookie of the Year.
Also, Christy Thomaskutty of Emory (Ga.) University is the Coach of the Year.
Joining Gottlieb on the first team are Lauren Avant of Rhodes (Tenn.), Alexis Popelar of Hardin-Simmons (Texas), Chelsea Leeder of Southwestern (Texas) and Bianca Richburg of USA South rival Greensboro.
Named to the second team are Murphy Burns of Trinity. Tresta Donahoo of Howard Payne (Texas), Paige Baechle of Centre (Ky.), Jessica Mullen of Bridgewater and Tia Perry of USA South rival Christopher Newport.
Joining Akers on the third team are Shaina Howard of Louisiana College, Jasmine Greene of Hollins and Janell Menard and Heather Miller of USA South rivals Maryville (Tenn.) and LaGrange (Ga.).