Player of the Year Jatoria Carter of Auburn University at Montgomery headlines 2016 WBCA NAIA Coaches' All-America Team

ATLANTA (March 16, 2016) – Jatoria Carter of Auburn University at Montgomery, Alabama, is the 2016 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2016 WBCA NAIA All-America Team, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced today.

Carter, a 5-foot-2 senior guard started in all 32 games for the Warhawks as they head into the 2016 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship. During those 32 games, she led the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) in points (20.8), assists (5.1) and steals (3.8) per game. She posted a career-best 38 points against nationally ranked Shawnee State on Dec. 22 and became the 15th member of the Auburn Montgomery 1,000 Point Club on Feb. 25, 2016.

The Montgomery, Alabama, native, was named the SSAC Player and Defensive Player of the Year this season, while she also earned first-team all-conference honors.  

Carter will be hoping to lead the Warhawks as they play Vanguard University in the first round of the NAIA tournament on Thursday, March 17th.

The WBCA presents the player of the year award annually to the top player in five WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, III, NAIA, junior/community college and high school).

“The WBCA is delighted to name Jatoria as the 2016 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “Jatoria has played an integral role in guiding her team to an extraordinary season, and is very deserving of this distinguished honor.  The WBCA applauds Jatoria for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game during the 2015-16 season.”

The 10-member team was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is composed of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson. The members of the 2016 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team are as follows:


Name Institution Year Pos. Height
Natalee Faupel Montana State-Northern Junior Guard 5’10”
Lindsey Burd Campbellsville Senior Forward 5’10”
Jatoria Carter Auburn-Montgomery Senior Guard 5’2”
Taleeah Cross Freed-Hardeman Junior Guard 5’6”
Whitney Gathright  Xavier Univ. of Louisiana Senior Guard 5’4”
Abbey Hengesbach Olivet Nazarene Senior Guard 5’9”
Alex Kneeland Mount Marty College Senior Guard 5’9”
Kara Krolicki Saint Xavier Sophomore Guard 5’7”
Melissa Norman Vanguard Senior Center 6’2”
Daniela Wallen Oklahoma City University Junior Forward 5’11”

“The 10 members of the 2016 WBCA NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team are well deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for their accomplishments this season,” said Donehew. “These young women have worked to elevate themselves and their teams to an elite level and through their exceptional talents on the basketball court, they have lifted the women’s game.”

The following have been recognized as Coaches’ All-America Team Honorable Mentions in the NAIA division:


Name Institution Year Pos. Height
Petrolina Chilaka Columbia College (Mo.) Senior Guard 5’8”
Kassidy De Jong Northwestern College Freshman Guard 5’10”
Samantha Doucette Vanguard Senior Guard/Forward 5’11”
Jessica Foster Georgetown College Senior Guard/Forward 6’1”
Emily Fox Campbellsville Junior Guard 5’8”
Sydney Greiner St. Ambrose Senior Guard 5’9”
Taylor Hamilton Our Lady of the Lake Senior Guard 5’3”
Erin Legel Great Falls Senior Guard 5’5”
Aundrea Matchen Univ. of Pikeville Sophomore Guard 5’7”
Caelyn Orlandi Lewis-Clark State Junior Guard 5’9”
Miranda Palmer Huntington Junior Guard 5’6”
Alyssa Ramos Southeastern Junior Guard 5’6”
Charnelle Reed St. Francis Junior Forward 5’10”
Chanel Roberts Lindsey Wilson Junior Forward 5’8”
Ashley Romig Ottawa Junior  Center 6’0”
Chayla Rutledge Benedictine College Senior Forward 5’11”
Christin Strawbridge Southeastern Junior Forward 6’2”
Brandy Uchtman College of the Ozarks Senior Forward 6’0”
Martessia Williams Bethel Univ. (Tenn.) Senior Guard 5’7”
Hannah Wisdom College of the Ozarks Junior Guard 5’5”

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