posted February 28, 2013

All-Conference Basketball Honors are Announced

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association coaches have presented all-conference honors to Hope basketball players.


L-R: Colton Overway, Nate Snuggerud

MEN'S BASKETBALL
Two senior players who didn't go far from their hometowns to contribute to the success of the Hope College men's basketball program have been named to the all-conference teams of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA).

Foward Nate Snuggerud of Zeeland (Zeeland East HS) has been named to the All-MIAA first team for a second year while guard Colton Overway of Holland (West Ottawa HS) has received second team recognition.

Two of the co-captains of this year's team, they ranked first and second. A four-year letterwinner, Snuggerud led the team in scoring and rebounding as both a junior and senior and finished his career on the Hope alltime scoring honor roll in 13th place with 1,366 points. He ranked sixth alltime in field goal shooting (.562). Overway was Hope's playmaker. In addition to scoring in double figures, he was among the MIAA leaders in assists until he suffered a broken foot with three weeks left in the season. A three-year letterwinner, he ended sixth on the Hope alltime list for assists per game.


L-R: Liz Ellis, Courtney Kust, Brittany Berry

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Three Hope players who keyed Hope's run to an MIAA co-championship and a berth in the NCAA Division III tournament are being honored by conference coaches. Senior guard Liz Ellis (Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS) has been named the Defensive Player of the Year for a third consecutive season. She and senior forward Courtney Kust (Cincinnati, Ohio/Cincinnati Hills Christian HS) are repeat All-MIAA first team honorees while sophomore guard Brittany Berry (Grand Rapids/GR Catholic Central HS) has been named to the second team.

Ellis anchored a Hope defense that broke a 34-year-old MIAA record by holding conference opponents to 41.2 points a game. She is the first player in MIAA history to be named Defensive Player of the Year three times. Kust led the team in scoring for the second year in-a-row while Berry's three-point shooting accuracy was among the best in all of NCAA Division III.