March 16, 2018

Cleeton & Johnson Named NAIA & WBCA All-Americans



CofO #5 Kelsie Cleeton driving to the basket in NAIA tournament#5 Kelsie Cleeton

CofO #14 Cass Johnson dribbling down the court at NAIA tourney#14 Cass Johnson

Congratulations go out to Lady Bobcats' junior guards Kelsie Cleeton and Cass Johnson, who received national recognition this week.

Cleeton was named as an NAIA DII First Team All-American and WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches of America) First Team All-American, and Cass Johnson was named as an NAIA DII Honorable Mention All-American and a WBCA Honorable Mention All-American

These national honors are highly sought after by student athletes and are achieved by only a handful of players each season.  The NAIA DII award features 11 members on the First Team and 30 honorable mention players. The WBCA award honors just 10 First Team student athletes and 20 Honorable Mention athletes from the combined rosters of  NAIA Division I and Division II players. These honorees are selected by a committee of WBCA member coaches.

Cleeton closed out her junior season ranked in the top ten of NAIA DII in numerous categories: #3 in total rebounds (374), #5 rebounds per game (11.33) and total steals (106), #6 offensive rebounds per game (4.21), #7 steals per game (3.212), #8 defensive rebounds per game (7.12), and #10 assist to turnover ratio (2.424). Cleeton’s season was highlighted by scoring her 1,000th career point in February and gathering 21 double-double performances in 33 games played, while leading her team in rebounds, steals, and assists. She was twice named A.I.I. Player of the Week, received NCCAA Student Athlete of the Week honors, and was the A.I.I. Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, as well as the A.I.I. Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.  Cleeton also was named last week to the NCCAA DI Women’s Basketball All-Region five-person team.

Johnson led the Lady Cats in scoring for the season, averaging over 16.09 points per game with a 43.6 field goal percentage.  Her season highlights featured scoring her 1,000th career point in December and surpassing the mark of 100-made three-pointers in her final game of the postseason.  Johnson was named A.I.I. Player of the Week on two occasions and was recognized by the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame with a special achievement award for her NCCAA 2017 First-Team All-American accomplishment.  She also was named to the 2018 NCCAA DI Women’s Basketball All-Region five-person team. Johnson closed the season ranked NAIA DII #9 in total three-point field goals made with 101 and #10 in three-point field goals made per game (3.061).