The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday that 286 division II women's basketball student-athletes have been named 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Among those honored were six members of the Lady Pilots, including four seniors and two juniors.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.
Rae Faur, Nicole Faur, Savannah Bley and Madison Schrock all make their second appearance on the national list as they landed the same honor following their junior season in 2016. Making their first appearances are Kaitlin Elsasser, a junior from Mishawaka, and Taylor Fielstra, a junior from Nappanee, Indiana. Having six players earn NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors is the second highest tally in the country behind Davenport and Oklahoma Wesleyan who both led the list with eight honorees each.
This marks the 17th consecutive season the Lady Pilots have produced at least one NAIA Scholar-Athlete, a streak that started in 2001. Six honorees is the second most in program history and is a mark that has been reached now for four consecutive seasons. To date, Bethel women's basketball has tallied 77 NAIA Scholar-Athletes for an average of 4.5 per season.
Bethel finished the 2016-17 season in a tie for seventh place in the Crossroads League with an overall record of 10-21 and a league mark of 7-11. BC graduates four seniors from the 2016-17 roster and will return to action next October for the 42nd season of Lady Pilot basketball.
The Bethel College Pilots compete in 17 intercollegiate sports for men and women. While accumulating 3 NAIA National Championships and 32 NCCAA National Championships by 10 different athletic teams, Bethel has also produced 143 NAIA All-American honors and 309 NAIA Scholar-Athlete honors over the past decade. Bethel College is an accredited Christian college offering associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees in more than 70 areas of study. Connect with Bethel Athletics online at BethelCollegePilots.com or via Facebook, Twitter (@Bethel_Sports) and Instagram (@BethelPilots).