AUSTINTOWN, Ohio – Though her playing career has concluded, praise continues to roll in for Heidelberg University women's basketball player Kathleen Phillips. For the first time in her illustrious career, Phillips was tabbed as an All-OAC First Team selection.
"Kathleen has earned the respect of her teammates, coaches and opponents through her hard work ethic and is very deserving of this honor," said first-year head coach Morgan Shriver. "She was dedicated year-round to her development as a basketball player and a leader."
Phillips helped Heidelberg to a 12-13 record and led the Student Princes into the OAC Tournament for the first time in four years.
After winning the scoring title as a sophomore and a junior, Phillips finished second in scoring, averaging 22.4 points per game. The Sandusky native was an All-OAC Second Team in 2013 and honorable mention in 2012
"Kathleen was in contention for player of the year honors in a conference that sent four teams to the NCAA tournament," said Shriver. "That shows just how special of a player she has been. "
Phillips' career ended with 1,755 points, third-most in Heidelberg history. In the opening game of the season, she set a school record with a 40-point outburst in an 83-79 win over Pitt-Greensburg.
"She will graduate from Heidelberg knowing that she helped get our program back on track," said Shriver.
Phillips is the first All-OAC First Team selection for Heidelberg since Rachael Poland received the honor in 2002. Phillips is the eighth player in school history to be named to the First Team.