Three Viking Women's Basketball Student-Athletes Named to All-Conference Team

Posted February 27, 2017

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Marshall, Mo. (February 27, 2017)- Three members of the Missouri Valley College women’s basketball team have been recognized on the Heart of America Athletic Conference 2017 All-Conference Team.  Junior Forward Deidra McCoy (Hot Springs, Ark.) was chosen to the all-conference second team, while Senior Forward Ashley Ward (Springdale, Ark.) and Junior Forward Veronika Petkova (Montana, Bulgaria) were honorable mention selections.


McCoy finished the 2016-17 season as the team leader in points per game (15.9), rebounds per game (6.3), assists per game (3.1) and steals per game (1.9).  She also led the team with three double-doubles and averaged over 33-minutes played per game.  McCoy led the conference, and ranked sixth in the NAIA in free throw percentage (.858).  She scored in double-digits in all but three games this season, including a career-high 35 points against Clarke (Iowa) University on Feb. 22.  This is the second time McCoy has been recognized on the all-conference team.  She was a first team selection, and earned an honorable mention all-American selection, following the 2015-16 season.


Ward was named to the honorable mention list after finishing eighth in the conference, and second on the team in points per game (14.8).  She also led the team, and was fourth in the Heart, in field goal percentage (.514).  Ward finished the regular season with a 16-game streak of scoring in double-digits, including a career-high 27 points in a win over Central Methodist (Mo.) University, back on Feb. 11.


Petkova also earned honorable mention consideration after finishing third on the team in points per game (10.2) and second in rebounds per game (5.3).  She scored a season-high 22 points in a game against MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.) University on Feb. 4.


The Viking women’s basketball team finished the season with a 13-17 overall record, with a 9-17 record in conference games.  Missouri Valley earned the No. 10 seed in the Heart Postseason Tournament, and will play at No. 7 seed Evangel (Mo.) University Monday at 7 p.m.  The winner will move into the tournament quarterfinal round, and travel to No. 2 seed Benedictine (Kan.) College, Wednesday at 7 p.m.



About Missouri Valley College

Known for its dynamic, richly diverse, and friendly educational environment, Missouri Valley College offers many opportunities to grow in mind, body, and spirit. Grounded in the liberal arts, undergraduate studies empower students to master interdisciplinary skills needed to succeed in a knowledge-based global society. MVC offers over 30 academic programs, study abroad program, extracurricular activities, and 13 sports. The most popular majors include education and business, criminal justice and exercise science. Above all, Valley is committed to student success. For more information, call (660) 831-4000 or visit


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