The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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April 3, 2013

Rawlinson, Sturdivant NAIA All-Americans

— Two WVU Tech basketball players were honored recently by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) on the organization’s prestigious postseason basketball teams.

The selections are made by the coaches’ committees and were comprised of a first, second, third and honorable mention team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.

Tech men’s senior David Rawlinson was chosen as a third-team selection on the 2012-13 Division I Men’s Basketball All-America team. The 6-foot-1 Las Vegas, Nev., native recently capped a spectacular two-year stay at Tech.

“This is a tremendous honor for David and our basketball program,” head coach Bob Williams said on the school’s athletic website. “He has worked so hard to become the player that he is. Not only did he score for our team, but he was also one of the top assist guys in the country. I’m so happy for him.”

Rawlinson finished his career with 997 points, 402 assists, 132 steals, 10 blocks and 304 rebounds. He shot 48.85% (339-of-694) from the field, 32.8% (60-of-183) from behind the arc, and 77.78% (259-of-333) from the charity stripe. This season, Rawlinson was third in the NAIA with total assists (244), third in assists per game (7.625), seventh in total scoring (657), and eighth in points per game (20.531).

Rawlinson was also honored as a USCAA All-American and Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Player of the Year for his individual performance. The Golden Bears finished the 2012-13 season with a 20-12 record, finishing runner-up at the A.I.I. Division I Conference Tournament.

This honor is the third All-America designation under William’s leadership. Philip Godfrey (2004) and Josh Proctor (2011) were also recipients of the award during William’s time at WVU Tech. In Tech’s 101 years of basketball, the program has had seven All-Americans.

Earlier ones were: Eddie Solomon, 1953; George Swyers, 1955; Sedale Threatt, 1982 and 1983; and Sam Cooke, 1986.

“David is such a good person, student and player,” said Williams. “He has represented WVU Tech with class and is certainly deserving of this award.”

On the women’s side, senior guard Courtney Sturdivant was an honorable mention All-America selection. The 5-foot-5 New Haven, Conn., native closed out a solid three-year career in Montgomery.

“We are so proud of Courtney’s All-American honor,” said head coach Jenna Everhart. “It is recognition of her hard work and her drive to succeed.”

Sturdivant finished her career with 579 points, 120 assists, 57 steals, eight blocks and 211 rebounds. She shot 39.93% (218-of-546) from the field, 32.9% (47-of-143) from behind the arc, and 65.75% (96-of-146) from the charity stripe. This season, Sturdivant was 47th in the NAIA in total scoring (472) and 42nd in points per game (15.733).

Sturdivant was also honored as a USCAA All-American and Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Player of the Year for her individual efforts as the Golden Bears finished the 2012-13 season with a 17-14 record, won the A.I.I. Division I Conference Tournament Championship and advanced to the NAIA Division I National Tournament.

For more on Tech athletics, visit www.goldenbearathletics.com.

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