BAY CITY, Mich. – Senior Melissa Scherpenberg (Cincinnati, Ohio) picked up First Team All-GLIAC recognition and junior Lauren Bates (Hilliard, Ohio) was named Second Team All-GLIAC and to the All-GLIAC Defensive Team in voting conducted by the league's head coaches.
Scherpenberg is the second consecutive Panther to earn First Team All-GLIAC accolades after Kacee Hockenberry picked up the honors last year. She currently leads the GLIAC with 11.1 rebounds per game and is scoring 13.4 points per game on 53.2 percent shooting. Scherpenberg has 18 double-doubles on the year and was named the GLIAC South Division Player of the Week three times this year.
In her career, Scherpenberg has been named a preseason All-GLIAC performer three times and has garnered five GLIAC South Division Player of the Week honors. Earlier this week, she was selected as a CoSIDA Academic All-American, one of just 15 Division II women's basketball players to earn that award.
Scherpenberg has scored 1,161 career points on 48.2 percent shooting. She currently ranks 15th on ODU's all-time scoring list and seventh on ODU's list for best field goal percentage. Scherpenberg also has 1,076 rebounds, which is 14 shy of setting ODU's rebounding record.
Bates has authored one of the best all-around seasons of any player in the conference. She is the lone GLIAC player averaging at least 12.5 points, 5 or more rebounds and 2.5 or more assists and steals per game. Bates is currently the leading rebounder of any guard in the conference (5.3) and has the second best shooting percentage of any guard in the league at 49.2 percent.
Bates has 84 steals, which is the tenth in the nation, and she ranks 72nd in the country in field goal percentage.
She is the first player since Abby Glover in 2011 to be named to the All-GLIAC Defensive Team.
Contact: Scott Miles