FRANKFORT, Ky. -- The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced on Monday afternoon that Spring Hill College women's basketball players Bethany Collins and Elissa VandeWaa were named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Collins, a junior guard from Apex, N.C., majors in Pre-Physical Therapy and averaged 8.3 points per game in the 2013-14 season. She handed out 17 assists with 19 steals while also averaging 2.5 rebounds per contest. She shot 34.1% (30-88) from the field and made 91.8% (67-73) of her free throw attempts.
VandeWaa, a junior point guard from Spanish Fort, Ala., majors in Psychology and dished out a team-leading 115 assists this year. She scored 8.2 points per game and hauled down 3.1 rebounds per game while taking away 47 steals with three blocked shots. VandeWaa shot 35.9% (79-220) from the field and 29.1% (37-127) from 3-point distance.
Since the award was introduced in 1979, a total of 172 SHC student-athletes have received Scholar Athlete recognition from the NAIA.
This year a total of 128 women's basketball players were named 2014 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes in Division 1. Nominated by each institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and have achieved junior academic status to qualify.