April Austin lands on NAIA DII Honorable Mention All-American list
March 14, 2012
April Austin averaged 10.8 ppg, 3.7 apg, 3.3 rpg and 2.7 spg this year. Point Park photo.
PITTSBURGH -- After leading the Pioneers to the national tournament for the first time in school history, Point Park University junior point guard April Austin was named an NAIA Division II Women's Basketball Honorable Mention All-American on Wednesday (March 14).
Austin is a native of Penn Hills, Pa., and a graduate of North Catholic High School who led Point Park (23-7, 12-2 AMC) with 10.8 ppg and 3.7 apg. The do-everything point guard and floor leader for the Pioneers also averaged 3.3 rpg and 2.7 spg.
The 5-6 Austin stood out on the national stage when she had 16 points, three rebounds, three assists and three steals in an NAIA DII National Championship first round loss to Corban (Ore.) March 8. The speedy Austin went over 1,000 career points in that game and stands 12th in Point Park history with 1,013 points over three years.
Austin came to Point Park in 2009-10 after originally being recruited by NCAA Division I Dayton. She has one more semester of eligibility left and will use it next year. The former all-state player at North Catholic is a two-time All-AMC selection. She was All-AMC first team this year and all-conference second team the previous two years.
Through three years, Austin is already high on Point Park's all-time record charts. She is 12th in career points (1,013), seventh in assists (299), sixth in steals (218) and first in 3-pointers made (166). Austin also holds the Point Park record for 3-pointers in a season (65 in 2009-10) and 3-pointers in a game (8 on Dec. 30, 2011 vs. Rio Grande).
Austin was the only double-digit scorer on a Point Park team that was 23-7 and reached the NAIA DII National Championship for the first time based primarily on ranking second in the country in scoring defense at 51.6 ppg. The Pioneers also took great care of the ball, and their +8.2 turnover margin that ranked second nationally was due in large part to point guard Austin.
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