Henderson, Roddy, Swedish named 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes
March 15, 2010
PITTSBURGH – The Point Park University women’s basketball team set a program best by having three of its members named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes Monday.
The national office announced that Point Park’s Ashley Henderson, Rachel Roddy and Heather Swedish were among the 177 NAIA Division II women’s basketball players in the country to receive the academic honor.
The NAIA made the announcement during the Division II national tournament, which begins the semifinal round this evening.
To be eligible for the NAIA Scholar-Athlete award, which is the highest academic honor handed out by the NAIA, student-athletes must be nominated by their school, have at least a 3.5 cumulative grade-point average and be at least a junior in academic standing.
Swedish was named a women’s basketball NAIA Scholar-Athlete for the second time in her career while Henderson and Roddy earned the award for the first time.
The women’s basketball program set a new high for the number NAIA Scholar-Athletes selected in one year. The program’s previous high of two selections occurred last year when Swedish and Ashleigh Hays received the honor.
Swedish, a junior guard from Sewickley and a graduate of Avonworth High School, was also named a scholar-athlete last year. The math education major is junior athletically, but because she is a senior academically, she was eligible for the award a year ago.
Swedish averaged 4.8 points and played in 26 of 27 games as a junior this past season. One of the top 3-point shooters on the squad, Swedish has missed only three games during her career.
Henderson, a junior guard from Greensburg and Greensburg Central Catholic High School, is a two-time all-conference player who is majoring in advertising and public relations. Henderson was named to the All-American Mideast Conference second team after averaging 13.1 points and 4.9 rebounds per game this year.
Henderson was named the AMC Newcomer of the Year and first team All-AMC as a sophomore in 2008-09. She spent time at Pitt and Canisius to start her career. She has started every game during her time at Point Park.
Roddy, a forward from Greensburg and Greensburg Salem High School, joined the women’s basketball team this season for the first time in her career. Roddy, who averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 rebounds in 20 games, has been an all-conference volleyball player for three years.
An elementary education major, Roddy earned NAIA volleyball Scholar-Athlete status this past fall in the first year that she was eligible. She was classified as a sophomore in basketball this season because she could play two more seasons on the hardwood.
Last month, Roddy was chosen as the Westmoreland County Sports Woman of the Year for Excellence in a Team Sport. The All-AMC first teamer in volleyball has more than 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in her volleyball career.
Point Park was 14-13 overall and 10-9 in the American Mideast Conference during the 2009-10 season. The Pioneers established the first winning season for the program in 16 years and missed the playoffs by one game.
Next year, the Pioneers welcome back four starters for head coach Sam Kosanovich, who will begin his fifth season at the helm.