March 15, 2019

Cleeton & Johnson Receive NAIA All-American Honors



Kelsie Cleeton with a steal headed to the basket#5 Kelsie Cleeton

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Cass Johnson preparing to go up for a basket against defender#14 Cass Johnson

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2019 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-American teams on Thursday, March 14.

Lady Bobcat senior Kelsie Cleeton was named NAIA DII First Team All-American for the second consecutive year, and senior guard Cassidy Johnson was named Second Team All-American, moving up from last year’s Honorable Mention status.  

Cleeton came to College of the Ozarks from Springfield, Mo., where she was a standout player for Hillcrest High School.  Each year with the Lady Cats, she has been a key component to the team’s success, improving her all-around game every season. 

Kelsie has a unique skillset for a 5’7 guard.  She can score from all areas of the court (1,590 career points, 142 three-point makes), rebounds effectively on both the offensive and defensive ends (1,320 career rebounds, 848 defensively), has quickness and intuitiveness that has resulted in 354 career steals, and is an unselfish player—dishing a career 542 assists to her teammates.

Cleeton closed out the season ranked in the NAIA DII Top 5 in seven different stat categories related to steals, rebounds, and assists.  Kelsie was also named as one of only five players to make First Team All-Tournament for the 2019 NAIA DII Women’s Basketball National Championship. 

Johnson joined the Lady Cats from West Plains (Mo.) High School, bringing a fierce competitiveness to the court along with solid three-point shooting. 

The 5’7 guard has been a steady contributor and leader in the Lady Cats’ lineup, leading her team in scoring since her sophomore season.  In the process, Johnson has tallied an impressive 2,005 career points and netted 414 career three-pointers at a 41.9% clip. 

Cass has spent most of the 2018-19 season atop the NAIA DII Women’s Basketball Stat Chart related to three-point shooting, finishing in the No. 1 position for three-point field goals made per game (3.886) and total three-point field goals made (136), as well as No. 2 in three-point field goal percentage (46.3%).  Johnson also ranked NAIA DII No. 5 in total scoring this season with 666 points. 

Johnson saveraged 19.03 points per game and shot 48.3% from the field.

Congratulations, Kelsie and Cass on your many achievements, especially this recognition as NAIA DII All-Americans!