|Akers receives All-America honors|
Ferrum College senior Tesla Akers drives to the basket for two points. (Staff Photo by Steven Marsh)
Monday, March 18, 2013
Ferrum College senior guard Telsa Akers has received honorable mention NCAA Division III All-America laurels from the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA)
Akers, a four-year starter for the Panthers who hails from Princeton, W.Va., 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 through
out 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 when Ferrum captured the conference championship, finished her career ranked fifth on the Panthers' all-time scoring chart with 1,390 points.
Also, Akers finished her career with a 12.4 points-per-game average, 354 assists and 187 steals.
Ferrum was 86-27 during Akers' career. She appeared in 112 games, 107 of which she started.
The Panthers were 57-15 in conference play and 42-6 in games played at William P. Swartz Gymnasium during Akers' career.
Akers is a four-time all-conference player (third team in 2010 and 2011 and first team in 2012 and 2013) and a All-South Region performer (third team in 2013).
"Tesla has been a great player for us the past four years,' Ferrum head coach Bryan Harvey said in a release prepared by the college's Sports Information Office. "She helped us get over the hump through the conference tournament and into the NCAA tournament the past two years.
"We're so proud of everything that she's accomplished, and it's great to see her being recognized by coaches from across the country,' Harvey said.
Akers is Ferrum's eighth women's basketball All-American.
Akers averaged 12.7 points and 2.5 assists-per-game this past season.