DETROIT, Mich. -- Keara Marks (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance), the Mustangs all-time leading scorer, was recognized at season's end by being named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) Honorable Mention Team. The award comes on the heels of the Mustangs first season in the WHAC after Marygrove was accepted into the conference July 1, 2012.
For Marks, the award is another welcome sign after the senior ended her final campaign in unwanted fashion. Going down to an injury 21 games into the season, Marks was faced with the tough task to sit out the final games of her collegiate career.
That was until Mustang coaching staff honored Marks by placing her in the starting lineup of Saturday's (Feb. 16) final home game. The senior forward was able to take one last bow after being announced as a starter on Senior Day before quickly exiting to prevent further injury. Fittingly, the gritty competitor talked her way back into the lineup with a minute remaining where she managed to score on a putback of her own miss to culminate one of the most successful four-year careers in the 10-year history of women's basketball at Marygrove College.
This season, Marks averaged 16.5 points per game, 7.5 rebounds per game, and 2.9 steals per game. The totals lifted Marks to the honorable mention selection in her first season in the conference. The 16.5ppg average ranked Marks fifth in the conference in scoring, while the 7.5 rebounds per outing ranked seventh in the WHAC. Marks highest ranking came via her near-three steal average where she ranked fourth in the conference.
COACH OF CHARACTER
Ninth year head coach Antonio Hitchcock was named the WHAC's Champion of Character Coach of the Year for women's basketball. Hitchcock was tabbed with the honor of Champions of Character Coach after representing conference well in his first season in the WHAC.
CHAMPION OF CHARACTER
Embodying the year-long mission of Marygrove Athletics – 1 Team 1 Goal 1 Marygrove – senior basketball and volleyball student-athlete Megan Gohl (Belleville, Mich./Belleville) was once again named to the WHAC's Champions of Character Team. The standout student-athlete earned the award in her second sport recently after showcasing tremendous dedication to her teammates and athletic department as a whole by working hard day-in-and-day-out for the Mustangs. Megan was nominated by head coach Antonio Hitchcock after a season in which Megan represented the NAIA's Five Core Values of Integrity, Respect, Responsibility, Servant Leadership, and Sportsmanship.
Megan Gohl (Belleville, Mich./Belleville), Keara Marks (Detroit, Mich./Renaissance), Jessica Niemi (Swartz Creek, Mich./Swartz Creek), and Kaitlyn Pusey (Holly, Mich./Holly) were named to the WHAC All-Academic Team after exceeding the requirements of a minimum 3.25 cumulative GPA and junior or above academic standing. With the selection, Gohl and Niemi make the list for the second time in the 2012-13 academic year after taking home the honor this fall in volleyball and soccer respectively.
The four Mustangs were also named to the recently released Marygrove AD Honor Roll where they joined approximately 40 other student-athletes by achieving a 3.25 or above semester GPA.