Thursday, March 19, 2009

Three Panthers Earn All-State Awards

Traci Edwards, Lindsay Laur and Turquoise McCain earned all-state honors from Inside Wisconsin Sports Magazine this month when the publication announced its basketball awards.

Edwards was named to the first team, and has a nice, rather large picture accompanying the article, while Laur and McCain were named to the third team. The teams are made up of players from the four Division I teams in the state.

Edwards led the Horizon League in scoring and rebounding for the third-straight year and repeated as league player of the year. She was also named a regional finalist for All-America honors from the WBCA earlier this week. The Menasha, Wis., native led the Panthers to the league championship game last Sunday and capped her career as the all-time leading scorer in UWM, Wisconsin and Horizon League history.

Laur emerged as a team leader down the stretch this season, posting a strong finish to the season. She found herself second on the team in scoring and rebounding by season's end, averaging 9.6 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. She led the team in three-pointers and was second to Edwards with five double-doubles.

McCain was long considered the team's emotional leader. Alongside Edwards and Stephanie Schell, she was a team captain and set the tempo on the floor with her all-out effort. She averaged 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds during her senior season.

Milwaukee also had some connections to the Division III All-State team, which featured UW-Whitewater's Tiffany Morton and Edgewood's Megan Scheele. Morton played for UWM during the 2005-06 season before transfering to UWW.

Scheele became the second player in state history, after Edwards, to get 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds for her career. What truly joins that two is that both players reached both milestones in the same game. Edwards eclipsed both marks Jan. 8 at Youngstown State and Scheele did it Feb. 12.

Edgewood's SID office did some research and found that none of the other 8 Division III players that reached 2,000/1,000 had done both in the same game.