Seven basketball players earn postseason honors

UNIONTOWN, Pa. -- Seven Penn State Fayette basketball student-athletes earned postseason recognition, as the Roaring Lions men’s and women’s teams totaled 15 awards following their 2011-12 campaigns.

Sophomore Jill Guthrie (Uniontown, Pa.) was named a USCAA First Team All-American and was the Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference’s (PSUAC) Player of the Year on the women's side, while junior David Winns (Washington, D.C.) of the men's squad earned United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) First Team All-American honors. Guthrie and Winns were also named to their respective First Team All-Conference squads in the PSUAC.

Junior Kasey Ruble (Fairchance, Pa.) and freshman Caitlin Wontroba (Uniontown, Pa.) earned USCAA All-American Honorable Mention awards for the women’s team, and sophomore Shelby Yourchik (Clarksville, Pa.) was named a 2012 USCAA Academic All-American. Wontroba was also named the PSUAC’s Newcomer of the Year and also a PSUAC First Team member, while Ruble was named PSUAC Honorable Mention. 

Junior James Pratt (Uniontown, Pa.) and freshman Brandon Cunningham (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) earned PSUAC Honorable Mention honors on the men’s side. Cunningham was also named the PSUAC Newcomer of the Year, given to the conference's most outstanding freshman. 

Yourchik's honor is awarded to those student-athletes who are upperclassmen and have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of 3.5 or higher. A business major, Yourchik becomes the third women's basketball player to earn an Academic All-American honor in the last three years.

Guthrie is Fayette's first women's basketball USCAA First Team All-American. Guthrie finished her standout season 12th in the USCAA in scoring, averaging 19.7 points per game, also good for second in the PSUAC. Guthrie averaged 21.6 points and 10.5 rebounds per game in conference play alone. She finished the season with 12 double-doubles, including seven in her last eight games. Guthrie averaged 9.9 rebounds per game on the season to lead Fayette, and collected a conference-best 3.8 steals per game. 

Wontroba's Newcomer of the Year award is the second in a row for Fayette, after Guthrie’s award last season. Wontroba finished the season averaging 16.6 points per game and grabbing 3.4 steals per game. She was also one of the nation's best shooters, finishing in the top 21 in the USCAA in field goal, three-point and free throw percentage.

Ruble, a PSUAC First Team selection in 2010-11, gained her third overall conference honor (also named to PSUAC First Team in softball in 2011). Ruble averaged 11.7 points per game and dished out a program-record 4.7 assists per game, good for sixth in the USCAA. She also finished second on the team in rebounding with 6.5 boards per game.

Winns, who notched the 1,000th point of his career against Penn State Worthington Scranton on Feb. 18, is Fayette's first men's basketball USCAA First Team All-American, and earned the honor after finishing the season seventh in the nation in scoring, sixth in field goal percentage, and 13th in rebounding. Winns led the Roaring Lions with 19.7 points per game and shot an impressive 56.4 percent from the floor, both good for second-best in the conference to lead Fayette to the playoffs for the first time in five seasons. Winns also finished second on the team with nearly eight rebounds per game in 25 games for Fayette this season.

Pratt orchestrated the Roaring Lions offense and added 9.5 points per game as well as 3.3 assists per contest, good for 25th in the USCAA. Pratt also grabbed 1.5 steals per game to earn the second Honorable Mention nod of his career. His first came after his freshman campaign in 2009-10.

Cunningham is Fayette's first men's basketball player to earn Newcomer of the Year honors, and joins Pratt on the Honorable Mention squad. Cunningham averaged 14.2 points per game while grabbing a team-high 2.1 steals per game, good for seventh in the PSUAC. He also led the team with 47 three-pointers on the season. Cunningham shot 44 percent from the field and finished second on the team in scoring.

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Last Updated April 11, 2012