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Winfield, Kan.- Senior guard Brett Bates (Hobart, OK) has been named as a NAIA Second Team All-American, becoming the third player in Lady Builder history to do so. Bates Bates joins former Lady Builders Niki Nicholas (2004) and Whitney Corley (2005) as the only players to be named to the All-American teams. Bates is a repeat All-American, earning Honorable Mention All-American honors in 2010-11.
This award caps off an outstanding career for Bates who transferred to Southwestern College after playing her first two years at Oklahoma City University, which is a NAIA I school. In two seasons, Bates scored 983 career points which leaves her 11th on the Southwestern College All-Time scoring list. Bates averaged 17.5 points which ranks her 21st in the NAIA in scoring average. Bates ranked 5th nationally in free throw percentage (87.1%) and 17th in total scoring (559 points). Brett's scoring ability helped her find her way onto several places in the Southwestern record books for career stats, single season stats, and single game records.
Bates received the Player-of-the-Year Award from the KCAC after leading the conference in scoring during the regular season and leading the Lady Builders to a 13-3 record in conference. Bates, also a First Team All-KCAC performer lead Southwestern to a 23-9 record overall and a birth to the NAIA National Tournament.
Bates certainly made her mark on Southwestern women's basketball in just two short years, being a two time All-American, two time All-KCAC First Team selection, the KCAC Newcomer-of-the-Year in 2010-11, and the KCAC Player-of-the-Year in 2011-12.
Southwestern finished their season 23-9 after losing to Mount Mercy in the First Round of the NAIA Division II National Tournament on March 7th in Sioux City, Iowa.