Four Forester women earn Crossroads League honors


Pazia Speed. Photo provided.

Four members of the Huntington University women's basketball team were honored by the Crossroads League when it announced its 2013-14 awards on Monday, Feb. 24.

Senior Pazia Speed was selected first team all-conference. The 5-6 guard is currently averaging a team-best 17.4 points which places her third among her conference peers. A member of the Crossroads' All-Newcomer Team as a freshman and honorable mention honoree as a junior, she also averages 3.7 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per outing for the Foresters this season.

For her career, Speed has scored 1,414 points to claim the 11th spot in Huntington's 1,000-point club.

Sophomore forward Amelia Recker earned her second all-conference accolade in as many years by being named second team all-conference this season. Named to the all-freshmen team last year, the Arlington, OH, native tosses in 14.6 points (ninth in the league) and grabs a team-high 7.1 rebounds (ninth in the league) per night. She is shooting 53.8 percent from the field, which places her third in the conference and 17th in NAIA Division II in field goal percentage.

To date, Recker has accumulated 693 points and 342 rebounds.

Freshman Miranda Palmer averages 12.2 points, 2.3 assists and 1.9 rebounds in league play and for her efforts was named to the all-freshmen team. She sizzles the nets at a clip of 42.3 percent behind the arc, which places her first in the conference and 10th in NAIA Division II in three-point field goal percentage.

The 5-6 guard has scored in double digits on 11 different occasions and posted a career-high 25 points against Bethel on Jan. 15.

Head Coach Lori Culler rounds out Huntington's all-conference awards by being named co-coach of the year along with Saint Francis' Gary Andrews. Behind her leadership, the Foresters earned the No. 2 seed in the league tourney, having far exceeded the conference's preseason prediction of finishing seventh in the standings.

To date, she has posted 504 wins against 321 losses.
This marks the ninth time she has been named the conference coach of the year as voted on by her peers.