The UC Merced women’s basketball coach, Head Coach Sarah Hopkins-Chery, today announced that senior guard Courtney Danna was selected as an NAIA Division II All-American.
Danna is the first Bobcat athlete to earn the honor twice at UC Merced.
Last year she was also named an All-American, she was the first UC Merced women’s basketball player to earn the title.
Danna helped lead the Bobcats to three straight Cal-Pac Conference Championships and berths to the NAIA National Basketball Championship Tournament where they lost in double overtime to the nations top ranked team and overall #1 seed in the 32-team field, St. Francis University (Illinois).
“We are all extremely proud of Courtney’s accomplishments throughout her career here. Every year she has helped elevate the program to greater heights and this year is no exception. Personally I feel this year’s honor is even more rewarding for Courtney and our team because of the adversity and challenges she had to overcome. She is certainly leaving her legacy not only within our program but the whole department. Court has made history individually and with her team, she will be greatly missed and forever a foundation of our program,” said Hopkins-Chery.
This season Danna averaged 12.5 points per game in conference, but did everything else on the court even better. Danna added five rebounds, five assists, and 2.5 steals, all while shooting 40% from the floor and 42% from long range. She also finished the year ranked #11 in the country in assists per game.
In 2015-16 Danna was named the Cal Pac Conference Most Valuable Player and this year she was name first team All-Conference.
Congrats Danna and Merced is proud of you!