NORMAN — Dietra Caldwell, Tiffany Goldwire and Lauren Gober of NAIA Division I women’s basketball champion Oklahoma City University became all-Americans, it was announced Wednesday.
Caldwell garnered first-team acclaim, while Gober took third-team honors for the No. 1-ranked Stars. Goldwire was named honorable-mention all-American.
Lavanda Ross of national runner-up Union (Tenn.) was named NAIA Division I player of the year, while OCU coach Rob Edmisson took home the Phyllis Holmes coach of the year award.
Emily Davis, Gober and Goldwire each took NAIA scholar-athlete awards as upperclassmen student-athletes who have maintained a 3.50 grade-point average.
The Stars finished off a 35-1 season with a 69-48 victory over Union on Tuesday to capture OCU’s sixth national championship in women’s basketball and 43rd in all sports.
OCU will recognize its national championship team at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday at the cafeteria inside the Tom and Brenda McDaniel University Center.
“It’s hard to be good five times in seven days,” Edmisson said. “It’s the hardest format in college basketball. Our strength coach Jack Pugh did a tremendous job with our team this year. With our depth, we play 10 kids a night. Our bench always gave us a lift. Our coaching staff did a tremendous job of getting our kids ready.”
Caldwell, a senior from Missouri City, Texas, earlier had been named Sooner Athletic Conference player of the year. Caldwell finished the season with 13.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.94 steals a game. She ranked fourth in NAIA Division I with a 2.56-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, 13th at 73 3-pointers made and 19th with a 37.8 percent 3-point shooting percentage.
Caldwell’s season highlights included a 24-point, nine-assist, five-steal performance at Mid-America Christian on Nov. 22 and 10 rebounds each at Southern Nazarene on Jan. 19 and in the national title game. She averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.00 steal a game in OCU’s national-tournament run.