The Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has announced that Alice Lloyd College Lady Eagles Whitney (Bree) Frazier, and Ariel Nickell were recently named to the 10 player KIAC Women’s All-Conference basketball team. In addition, Eagle guard Daniel Combs was named to the 10 player men’s All-Conference basketball team. The voting was conducted by the head coaches of each school in the league, and coaches could not vote for their own players.
Frazier, a native of Louisa, Kentucky, and graduate of Lawrence County High School, had an exceptional senior season for the ALC Lady Eagles. The 5’6 point guard helped her club, which was picked to finish 7th out of 8 clubs in the pre-season voting, to finish in a tie for 2nd place by seasons’ end.
Frazier played her best ball in the conference tournament as she ripped in a career high 30 points in an opening round win over Asbury University, and followed that up with 26 more in a win at Brescia University, The two victories put the Lady Eagles in the conference championship game against 19th ranked Indiana University-Southeast. Frazier closed out her career with 16 points as her squad dropped a hard fought decision.
On the season, Frazier averaged 15 points per contest while connecting on 42% of her field goals and 75% of her free throws. She also finished second in the league by averaging over 4.5 assists per game. She also contributed 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals per outing.
Her season highs were 30 points against Asbury University, and 10 assists vs. both the University of Virginia-Wise and Cincinnati Christian University. She also had 2 double-doubles on the year.
After starting the year 1-7, ALC adjusted and went 14-8 over the rest of the season under first year coach, John Mills. Their Lady Eagles final record was 15-15.
Mills, who was chosen by his peers as KIAC Coach of the Year for his squad’s excellent turnaround, had nothing but praise for his veteran guard. “Whitney was the glue to our team this season. When she was asked to, she could take over a game. She doubled her offensive production for us this season which made us a much harder team to defend. She will certainly be missed and she was a pleasure to coach.’
Frazier is majoring in Sports Management.
Nickell, a native of Tazwell, Tennessee, and graduate of Clairborne High School, had an exceptional freshman season for the ALC Lady Eagles, and was the only freshman to receive this honor by the league.
Nickell was among the league leaders in numerous statistical categories. On the season, Nickell was third in the league in scoring (16.3 ppg), while connecting on a league leading 53% of her field goals. She also hit 70% of her free throws. In addition, she was fourth in the conference in both rebounding (8.36) and steals (1.66.)
Her season highs were 31 points against Pikeville College, and 17 rebounds vs. Milligan College. She also had 13 double-doubles on the year.
Mills had nothing but praise for his young freshman. “Ariel is one of the biggest surprises I have ever had in my coaching career. I thought she would be good, but assumed she would need time to develop. I learned that she had such a high basketball IQ, that she was able to outsmart players that may have been taller or more athletic than she was. Also, she plays so hard all the time and is such a fierce competitor.” Mills also added,” I think she saw that she could do things that she may not have thought she was capable of doing because our system gave her that opportunity. If she continues to work hard, she can have an outstanding career.”
Nickell is majoring in Physical Education.
Combs, a native of Viper, and graduate of Perry County Central High School, had an exceptional senior season for the ALC Eagles. The 6’2 guard helped his club, which was picked to finish 7th out of 8 clubs in the pre-season voting, to finish in a tie for 5th place by seasons’ end.
Combs was among the league leaders in numerous statistical categories. On the season, he was sixth in the league in scoring (16.7ppg), while connecting on 42% of his field goals. He was also eighth in the league in 3 point percentage (35.8%). In addition, he was fourth in the conference in both free throw percentage (82.2%) and steals (2.1 spg). For good measure, he also added 2.97 assists per outing.
His season highs were 36 points against the University of Virginia-Wise, and 11 rebounds vs. Kentucky Christian University. He also had 8 assists on two separate occasions vs. Berea College.
Combs is majoring in Sports Management and will graduate in May.