York women's basketball players earn national, conference honors

YORK, Pa. — Katie McNamara, a junior at Penn state York, and Tessa Miller, a sophomore at the campus, have received United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) and Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) honors as members of the York women’s basketball team for the 2015-16 season.

McNamara, a York Catholic High School graduate who played guard for the York Nittany Lions, was recognized with a USCAA All-American Honorable Mention. In addition, McNamara earned a PSUAC All-Conference Honorable Mention.

"I'm so proud of Katie. She has grown so much since her freshman year,” said Terri Van Slyke, head women’s basketball coach and admissions counselor at the campus. “I watched her overcome a lot of adversity over the past two seasons, and I'm very proud of the way she rebounded. Being our only returning starter this season, she really stepped up as a leader. I'm excited that her hard work and effort on the court were recognized both by the conference and nationally."

Miller, who played guard for York and is a West York High School graduate, was named a USCAA All-Academic All-American. To earn this award, student-athletes must attain sophomore standing or higher with at least a 3.5 grade-point average.  

"Tessa has been a great addition to our basketball program," said Van Slyke. “She has an impeccable work ethic, positive attitude, and such a thirst for learning both on and off the court. I know how important academics are to her and how hard she works to earn her grades, so I'm thrilled that she was recognized for her academic achievement. She deserves it. "

In addition, McNamara and Miller, along with three of their teammates, earned the distinction of PSUAC Academic All-Conference. This honor is bestowed on those student-athletes who have a semester grade-point average of 3.0 or higher during the semester of competition, or a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher with the completion of at least 24 credits. Honorees include Bekah Adams, a graduate of Central York High School; Bradania Harrington, a graduate of Red Lion High School; and Charizma Johnson, a graduate of West York High School.

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Last Updated March 11, 2016