Ballinger Earns Second Team All-Central Region Honors

Ballinger Earns Second Team All-Central Region Honors
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics

WAYNE – The NCAA Division II Central Region Tournament came to a close Monday evening with #2 Central Missouri taking out #1 Augustana, 81-42.

Senior Paige Ballinger of Wayne State College was named Tuesday to the 2017-18 D2CCA All-Central Region Women’s Basketball Second Team. Voting was done by sports information directors from the NCAA DII Central Region.

Ballinger, a 6-1 senior center from Pender (Pender HS), was a First Team All-NSIC selection for a third straight season this year. She led the Wildcats in scoring at 12.2 points per game to go with 5.9 rebounds a contest this season, ranking second in the NSIC with 2.4 blocks per game while ranking 10th in field goal percentage (.487) and 12th in free throw percentage (.810).

In NSIC games, Ballinger averaged 12.8 points and 6.0 rebounds per game recording four games of 20 or more points with three double-doubles. She was second in blocked shots per game (2.2), ninth in field goal percentage (.486), 10th in free throw percentage (.825) and 16th in scoring.

Ballinger ended her Wildcat career ranked eighth in career scoring with 1,448 points and is the all-time blocked shot leader with 217.

The Wayne State College women’s basketball team closed out their season with a 25-7 overall record and placed second in the NSIC South Division with an 18-4 league mark.

NCAA DII Central Region Player of the Year:

Junior Hailey Tucker from Southwestern Oklahoma State


First Team:

Junior Paige Redmond from Central Missouri

Senior Megan Rosenbohm from Southwest Baptist

Senior Miranda Ristau from Northern State University

Senior Drew Sannes from MSU Moorhead

Junior Hailey Tucker from Southwestern Oklahoma State


Second Team:

Senior Paige Ballinger from Wayne State College

Senior Michaela Berry from Nebraska-Kearney (Battle Creek grad)

Sophomore Kallie Bildner from Lindenwood

Senior Mikaela Burgess from Pittsburg State

Senior Sue Key from Southern Arkansas

Senior Cheyenne North from Arkansas Tech

Junior Hayden Piddy from Southwestern Oklahoma State