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MARYVILLE, Mo. (ATU) - On the heels of a stellar senior season where she was named both the Great American Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Year, Arkansas Tech senior Rosie Silva earned a Daktronics All-Region Second Team selection, announced Thursday.
Silva is the lone Great American Conference player to earn an all-region selection. The teams, selected by the Sports Information Directors of the GAC, Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA), and Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) vote on the teams.
The senior turned in one of the more prolific seasons in recent memory, fifth in the GAC with a 15.3 points per game average, 20th with a 5.5 rebounds per game average, first with a 5.0 assists per game average, and first in the league (and second nationally) with a 5.1 steals per game average.
With 149 steals this season and 275 career steals, Silva holds both the Tech and Great American Conference single-season and career steals records.
Her play helped lead the Golden Suns to their fourth consecutive regular-season conference title, and their first Great American Conference tournament title last week in Bartlesville, Okla.
The Golden Suns will open NCAA tournament play on Friday, March 15, facing fourth-seeded and No. 17 Minnesota State in the opening round. Tipoff from Topeka, Kan. is set for 8 p.m.