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.
Gober, a junior from Newcastle, Okla., became a two-time all-American and three-time all-conference performer. Gober produced 12.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.78 blocks and 1.50 steals a game in 2011-12. She ranked second nationally with 91 treys and 16th in 3-point field-goal percentage (38.1 percent).
Gober’s season highs included 24 points vs. Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) in the first round of the national tournament, 11 rebounds three times, five 3-pointers three times and five blocks vs. Lubbock Christian (Texas) in the semifinals. Gober recorded 15.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 1.80 blocked shots a contest during the national tournament. She enters her senior year having already scored 1,201 points and grabbed 507 rebounds as a Star.
Goldwire, a senior from Oklahoma City, had been named a second-team all-SAC selection. Goldwire averaged 10.4 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.91 steals while shooting 55.1 percent from the field.
Her season highlights included a 22-point, 10-rebound game against Northwestern Oklahoma State on Jan. 2 where she hit all eight of her shots from the floor and all four free throws. Goldwire pulled down 12 rebounds three times. Goldwire totaled 9.4 points and 5.6 rebounds a game during the national tournament.
Davis, a senior from Guthrie, Okla., became a two-time NAIA scholar-athlete award winner. Davis also shared the SAC sportsmanship award. She contributed 2.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.92 steals a game.
Edmisson ran his record to 212-31 with five SAC regular-season championships and five SAC Tournament crowns in seven years at OCU. His 200th win with the Stars came Feb. 2 vs. St. Gregory’s. Edmisson’s win total is 11 shy of Bob Colon, who has the most women’s basketball wins coaching for OCU. He shared the SAC coach of the year award this season for his third nod from the league.
Overall, Edmisson has a 514-150 record in 22 years coaching. Edmisson notched his 400th victory between his OCU and Hutchinson (Kan.) totals in the first round of the national tournament against Our Lady of the Lake (Texas).