Deans and Mooney named to NCCAA All-Mid-East Region squad

OAKLAND CITY, Ind. - King College's Ashley Deans and Derika Mooney were selected to the NCCAA Division I Women's Basketball All-Mid-East Region list, Deans a first-team selection with Mooney on the second-team, as announced by the region office.

Deans, a senior from Greeneville, Tenn., led King and was second in the region's scoring category with 16.5 points per contest and was No. 10 among NCCAA Division I players nationally. Her 85.1 free-throw percentage was tops in the region and eighth among in the nation. She used a 47.9 field-goal percentage to land at No. 6 in the region and No. 20 in the national standings. Deans finished the regular season with a 6.3 rebounds per game average, No. 8 in the Mid-East.

This marks the second straight season Deans made the All-Region squad and she was a NCCAA All-American a season ago.

Mooney, a senior guard from Athens, Tenn., scored 10.4 points per game to earn second-team honors. She led the region in steals per game, 2.5, and assists, 3.8. Nationally her assist average ranked No. 15 and No. 20 in the steals category.

Campbellsville (Ky.) University's Whitney Ballinger collected the Mid-East Region Player of the Year award. She led the NCCAA with a 23.3 points per game average. She was one of three Campbellsville players on the first team. Along with Deans, Oakland City (Ind.) University's Sam Stahl rounded out the five-member team.

King, at 11-16 on the season, will enter the upcoming NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament as the top-seed. The Lady Tornado starts the event with a 7 p.m. semifinal contest Friday against Covenant (Ga.) College, the No. 4 seed. At 5 p.m. Friday Tennessee Temple University and Oakland City play in the first semifinal. The winners advance to Saturday's championship at 2 p.m. with an automatic bid to the NCCAA National Tournament on the line. King won the 2010 NCCAA Mid-East Region Tournament and ended up sixth at the NCCAA Nationals.

2010-11 NCCAA All-Mid-East Region

First Team

Whitney Ballinger, Campbellsville
Courtney Clifton, Campbellsville
Courtney Danis, Campbellsville
Ashley Deans, King
Sam Stahl, Oakland City

Second Team

Margaret Cross, Covenant
Derika Mooney, King
Jesse Oxley, Oakland City
Ali Pia, Oakland City
Cherelle James, Tennessee Temple

Honorable Mention

Kia Gilliard, Bluefield
Takieya Rouse, Bluefield
Jessie Blankenship, Covenant
Kanetra Gonzalez, Tennessee Temple