Gabi Morales Earns Women's Basketball All-American HonorsPosted March 26, 2014
Marshall, Mo. (March 26, 2014)- Missouri Valley College women’s basketball Senior Forward Gabi Morales (Bakersfield, Calif.) earned National accolades by the NAIA Wednesday. Morales was named to the honorable mention list of the 2013-14 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball All-American Team. Morales becomes the first Viking women’s basketball player to earn All-America status since 2008.
Morales averaged 17.2 points per game, along with 9.3 rebounds per game. She finished the season with 47 total blocks and 34 total steals. Morales led the HAAC in total points (517), rebounds per game (9.33), total rebounds (280) and double-doubles (12). She also ranked second in the HAAC in points per game, blocks and blocks per game. Morales was named the HAAC Women’s Basketball Player of the Week twice this season. In addition to her All-American honor, Morales was named to the HAAC All-Conference First Team following the 2013-14 season and third team all-conference selection following the 2012-2013 season.
Morales helped lead MVC to an 18-12 overall record and a 10-8 mark in HAAC play. Both are the highest totals since the 2006-07 season.
“This is a fantastic honor for Gabi, and one she definitely deserves,” says Missouri Valley Women’s Basketball Head Coach Justin Rees. “Gabi has truly been a pleasure to coach, and was a tremendous leader and player on our team this past season. Everyone associated with the women’s program is extremely happy and proud of her accomplishments.”
Morales joins Michele (Renschin) Reinke (1994-95 and 1995-96) and Bonnie Johnson (2007-2008) as the third Viking to earn NAIA All-American honors. Morales becomes the first Viking women's basketball player to earn NAIA Division I All-American honors.
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