Eagles junior receives prestigious Liston Award

July 9, 2013

Arianne Henry, who will be a senior this fall on the Avila University women’s basketball team, was selected as the recipient of the 2013 Emil S. Liston Award for all female athletes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference.

As winner of the conference award, Henry, a native of Humansville, Mo., is now eligible for the national Liston Award, the highest award bestowed annually by the NAIA.

The Liston Award, named after the founder of the NAIB and one of the founders of the NAIA national basketball tournament, is awarded annually to a junior women’s and men’s basketball player who exemplifies excellence on and off the court. It especially honors work in the classroom and overall citizenship.

"I am honored to receive such a prestigious award as the Liston Award,” Henry said. “I am so grateful that I chose a university that values academic achievement as highly as they celebrate athletic competition."

As a 5-foot-10 junior forward for the Eagles last season, Henry started four games and finished with 36 rebounds and 28 points in 14.7 minutes per game. However, according to head coach Larry Williams, Henry’s contributions went far beyond the court.

“Avila is touted for its education program and the rigor in which it beholds,” Williams said. “Arianne not only challenges herself to meet the requirements but also challenges the department to uphold its prestige. Her 4.0 grade-point average speaks to her dedication and knowledge, but doesn’t do justice to the effort she puts forth.

“Last season, I saw her leadership role grow more than ever. Arianne has taken the initiative to assist younger teammates with basketball concepts and team philosophies. Oftentimes looked to as the inspirational leader, Arianne encourages others with her thoughtful words as well as her shining example.”

Henry was unanimously selected for the Eagles’ “Sixth Man Award,” awarded to the player who contributes hustle and dedication to the team.

In its letter to Avila President Ron Slepitza, Ph.D., a representative from the NAIA wrote: “Ms. Henry is an outstanding example of the high ideals and standards held by each member institution within the NAIA. Avila University can take pride in being represented by such a fine student.”

Three Eagles Selected to NAIA Scholar-Athlete List

March 28, 2013

Kansas City, MO – The NAIA office released their 2013 Daktronics Scholar-Athlete's list this week, with three Eagles making the cut. The Eagles ranked third in the HAAC behind both MNU and Central Methodist who each had four athletes received the award. A total of 13 athletes received scholar-athlete honors in the HAAC. The following Eagles received scholar-athlete honors: Complete List

Cassie Bruner – Senior | Overland Park, Kansas

Arianne Henry - Junior | Humansville, Missouri

Samantha York – Junior | Elsberry, Missouri

To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status in order qualify. 124 NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball student-athletes nationally have been named 2013 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Bruner, Capeder Receive Conference Honors

March 5, 2013

Kansas City, MO – The Eagles post tandem of Cassie Brunner and Rebekah Capeder both earned All-HAAC honors for the Eagles as announced by the Heart of America Athletic Conference office last week.

Bruner, a 6’0 senior forward led the way being named to the second team All-HAAC squad. The Overland Park, Kansas native led the Eagles in scoring, rebounds, and blocks. Averaging just under 14 points per contest, Cassie finishes her two-year Avila career with 622 total points.

Bruner also ranked 20th in the nation in total rebounds averaging 9.3 per contest and grabbed a conference high 23 rebounds against Peru State.


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Sophomore forward Rebekah Capeder was named to the honorable mention list for the second straight year. The Trenton, Missouri native led the Eagles in field goal percentage shooting at a 44.5 percent clip (85-for-191). After just two years at Avila, Capeder has already eclipsed the 500-point mark as she scored a season high 21 points against both Central Methodist and Evangel University this past season.


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Eagles Fall to Rockhurst in Exhibition 43-49

November 6, 2012

Kansas City, MO - In a game where all 13 Eagle players saw minutes, the Eagles fell to Rockhurst University (0-0) in an exhibition contest 43-49.

The Eagles shot just 17 percent from the floor      (5-29) in the first half and went into the intermission trailing 16-26. The Eagles improved in the second half outscoring the Hawks 27-23 but were unable to close the gap when it counted. The Eagles shot 25 percent from the floor, 81 percent from the free throw line, and went two for sixteen from beyond the arc.

Cassie Burner led the Eagles with her first double double of the season grabbing 11 rebounds and matching her points total from the Eagles last contest with 13 points.

Sophomore guard Jackie Wacha led the Eagles in assists with four. As a team, the Eagles outrebounded Rockhurst 42-36.

Rockhurst were led by senior forward Kara McFarland with 10 points and nine rebounds while Laruen Meyers also pitched in 10 points.

The Eagles will have just four days to regroup as they host 21st ranked Columbia College this Saturday. Tip is scheduled for 5:00PM in the Mabee Fieldhouse on the campus of Avila Univeristy.

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Lady Eagles Hope to "Elevate" an Already High Bar This Season

October 26, 2012

Kansas City, MO - Avila University women’s basketball coach Larry Williams always likes to come up with a motivational theme to each season. He usually solicits suggestions from his senior players, but more often than not, chooses the theme himself.

For the 2012-13 season, fresh off back-to-back appearances in the NAIA Division I national tournament, Williams opted for something short and sweet.


The message is simple. The bar has been set extremely high these past two seasons. But, this is no time to rest on laurels. Despite the loss of perhaps the best defensive player in the nation the last two seasons, Williams believes there is potential for this season’s Eagles to achieve even greater success.

“Elevate means that every player needs to help absorb stats we lost from all of our seniors last season,” Williams said. “We’ve never replaced players one for one. This team buys into the team part of, here’s what I have to do. It’s been a great group to work with in that regard.

“We’re relatively young. There’s a lot of pressure on the returnees. They’ve experienced success. Now, they want to show everyone that they can do it again.”

The Eagles, who advanced to the sweet 16 in the NAIA national tournament last season, were picked to finish second in a pre-season poll of the coaches in the Heart of America Athletic Conference and were 20th in the pre-season NAIA poll. But if they’re to duplicate that success, they’re going to have to figure out how to make up for the loss of seniors Torie Murillo, two-time conference defensive player of the year, and Brittany Townsend, the team’s leading scorer last season.

This season’s squad promises to revolve around the return of inside powerhouses Cassie Bruner, a six-foot senior from Overland Park, Kan., and Rebekah Capeder, a six-foot sophomore from Trenton, Mo. Capeder averaged 11 points and 7.3 rebounds, while Bruner averaged 9.2 and 8.3, the latter leading the team.

“That’s our strength,” Williams said. “But other teams know that and will be trying to stop them. That should put us on the free throw line plenty. Hopefully, we’ll be better from there this season.”

On the perimeter, Courtney Gimlin returns for her senior season hopeful to return to the form of her sophomore campaign, when she averaged 13 points. Samantha York, a junior from Elsberry, Mo., is another three-point threat and enters the season the healthiest she’s been in three years, Williams said.

Jackie Wacha, a 5-6 sophomore from Ozark, Mo., will be looked upon to take over point guard duties that Murillo so capably handled the past couple of seasons.

Another returner, junior Arianne Henry, has the best work ethic on the team, Williams said. Junior Kendra Crow, another six-footer, is ready to play after sitting out last season with a back injury and should provide another threat inside. Same with Stephanie Miller, a six-foot junior from Overland Park, Kan., who tore an ACL in a knee last year. Michaela Brinkley, a sophomore transfer from William Woods, is a strong combo guard.

Williams has five new freshmen, all of whom are capable of pushing the top eight or nine players in practice and could see some game time – Jessica Smith, Jordan Farmer, Kelsey McConnell, Anna Curtis and Haley Padgett.

Williams said the Eagles’ schedule for 2012-13 is the toughest it’s ever been. Early games include Park, Rockhurst, Columbia (Mo.) College, William Woods (Mo.), Oklahoma Baptist and Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.), which the Eagles upset in the first round of the national tournament last March.

“It’s going to be very demanding up through Christmas,” Williams said. “One thing is for sure … it’s going to be interesting.”

Williams said he already saw a lot of similarities between this team and the ones that have experienced past success.

“This season’s team is no exception from our past teams in regard to work ethic, unselfishness and commitment to success,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the new adventure.”


Eagles Start off 2012 Ranked 20th in Nation

October 25, 2012

Kansas City, MO – Head Coach Larry Williams mentioned his surprise in being picked to finish second in the HAAC Coaches’ Preseason Poll, and was greeted with yet another pleasant surprise Tuesday morning as the Eagles were slotted in the 20th spot in the NAIA Division I Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll.

The Top 25 ranking is the first national ranking in a preseason poll for the Eagles. The Eagles closed out the 2011-12 season ranking 24th in the nation after their burst onto the national scene as they defeated third ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and played Campbellsville (Ky.) to a nine-point contest in the round of sixteen at the NAIA Division I National Tournament.

Coach Williams had the following to say on his team’s preseason poll selection: “It’s a great honor to be recognized by coaches all across the United States. It represents not only what last year’s team did, but what our program has done over the past five season by buying into the system and being able to raise the bar each year. This year’s team is no exception to this, their work ethic, unselfishness and commitment to success will again propel us into a great new adventure.”

The Eagles will face off this season against six teams that were mentioned in the Top 25 poll including 23rd ranked William Woods (11/13 Away – 5:30PM), 21st ranked Columbia College (11/10 Home – 5:00PM), 15th ranked MidAmerica Nazarene (1/3 & 2/7), and a rematch against 3rd ranked Freed-Hardeman University (11/16 Oklahoma Baptist Classic – 4:00PM). Oklahoma Baptist and Benedictine College also received votes in the poll which is voted upon by a panel of head coaches representing each of the conferences in the NAIA.

Eagles Picked to Finish Second in HAAC Preseason Poll

October 17, 2012

Kansas City, MO – After a historical 2011-12 season that saw their season end in Frankfort, KY in the round of sixteen at the NAIA National Tournament, the Eagles have been picked to finish second in the Heart of America Athletic Conference Preseason Poll. In his seventh year at the helm, head coach Larry Williams’ squad received 66 points, finishing 15 points behind first place MidAmerica Nazarene who received nine of the ten first place votes. Benedictine, who were selected to finish third with 62 points, received one first place vote.

The season opener will take place at home on Saturday, November 3 at 2:00PM against Park University. The Eagles fell to Park in Parkville, MO last fall by a score of 43-52.

To hear Coach Williams’ thought on the upcoming season, click the video above.

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Women's Basketball Appear In Recent Edition of Avila's Accent

May 3, 2012

Kansas City, MO -The Avila Women's basketball program's historic season was a topic of discussion in the spring 2012 edition of Avila University's Accent publication. Click here or on the image of the article to read the article. Accent is published twice yearly by the office of marketing and communications. To view the entire edition of the Accent or past issues, click here. Larry Williams' squad returns nine of their twelve members for the 2012-13 season and has received commitments from the following players to attend Avila this fall:

Michaela Brinkley - William Woods University

Jessica Smith - Aurora HS (MO)

Haley Padgett - Richmond HS (MO)

Jordan Farmer - Clever HS (MO)



Avila Finishes Season Ranked 24th in NAIA

March 27, 2012

Kansas City, MO - For the first time since becoming an NAIA Division I program (2009-'10 Season), the Avila women's basketball program has broken in to the Top 25 poll finishing the season ranking 24th in the nation. The last time Top 25 ranking for the Eagles came on January 25, 2000 when the Eagles were a Division II program.

The Eagles had a 2-3 record against teams that finished the year in the Top 25, with wins over No. 5 Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) and No. 13 Vanguard (Calif.) and losses to No. 11 Georgetown (Ky.) and No. 22 MidAmerica Nazarene (Kan.). Click here to see the entire Top 25 Poll

Arianne Henry Nominated as Champion of Character

March 27, 2012

Kansas City, MO – Arianne Henry was nominated as Avila's representative for the Champion of Character award at this year’s national tournament. To be nominated for the award, the student-athlete must possess the following qualities.

  • INTEGRITY  (Positive internal traits that guide behavior)

    • Student-athlete tells the truth, keeps commitments and displays honest behavior at all times. 

  • RESPECT  (Treating others the way you want to be treated)

    • Student-athlete respects the game, themselves, their opponents and others associated with the game. 

  • RESPONSIBILITY  (The social force that binds the individual to the good of the team)

    • Student-athlete is responsible for their actions to themselves, their team, coaches, institutions and sport.

  • SPORTSMANSHIP  (Following the rules, spirit and etiquette of athletic competition)

    • Student-athlete acts correctly when others may not and adheres to the highest principles of civility, responsibility, justice and fair play.

  • SERVANT LEADERSHIP  (Serving the greater good)

    • Student-athlete puts the team or group first in all decisions while becoming responsible for personal and group roles.

Head coach Larry Williams had the following to say about Arianne’s nomination “All teams would want Arianne to be a member of their squad. She’s unselfish, responsible, and above all, will do whatever is asked for the benefit of the team".

Murillo Adds to List of Honors after Being Named All-American

March 26, 2012

Kansas City, MO – Torie Murillo was selected to the First Team All HAAC squad, named HAAC Defensive Player of the Year, and now she has been named a NAIA Third-Team All American. After leading the nation in steals for the second consecutive year and putting in impressive performances for the Eagles at the national tournament, the honor comes as no surprise.

The selections are made by the NAIA Women's Basketball Coaches' Association All-America Committee and comprises a First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention Team. There are 10 members on each of the first three All-America teams.

As mentioned, Murillo led the nation in steals for the second consecutive year with 123 (164 in 2010-11). Murillo led the HAAC in assists with 172 on the year and averaged just under 12 points per contest, ranking 9th in the conference.

Head coach Larry Williams had the following to say on Murillo’s contribution to the program over the last four years “If you’re looking for an engine in your car, Torie is it. She’s the motor that runs us both offensively and defensively. Her desire and passion for the game was an example for her teammates to follow and she’ll be greatly missed next season.”

Click here to see the entire list of All-Americans

Eagles Finish Historical Season at Nationals for Second Consecutive Year

March 21, 2012

Kansas City, MO – The Women’s Basketball program had a season for the history books. Their 22 wins was the second most in programs history, falling just two wins shy of the 24 wins the program achieved in the 2008-09 season.

The high point of the season came in the Eagles final win of the season, an 84-82 double overtime victory against third ranked Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) in the opening round of the national tournament. The victory was undoubtedly the biggest win in the history of the program and served as the accumulation of four years of hard work for seniors Loganne Grider, Torie Murillo, and Brittany Townsend.

The Eagles went on to fall in the national tournament’s round of sixteen to 19th ranked Georgetown College (Ky.) 71-80. After building an early led where the Eagles led by as many as nine points, the Eagles went into the break down 34-43. The whole got even deeper for Larry Williams squad in the second half as Georgetown built a 21 point lead (36-57) with just over 15 minutes to play. The Eagles mounted one last charge going on a 15-2 run cutting the led to eight with 9:42 to play. Unfortunately for the Eagles, Georgetown was able to maintain their lead with strong free-throw shooting down the stretch as the Eagles season ended with the nine point loss. Courtney Gimlin led the Eagles with 20 points while Brittany Townsend (18 pts), Cassie Bruner (12 pts), and Torie Murillo (10 pts) also reached double digit scoring.

Murillo had a tournament high seven steals in the game and led the tournament in total steals with 13 despite only playing two contests. She also ranked second amongst all players in the tournament in assists per game averaging nine assists per contest. Other players to receive high rankings included:

  • Cassie Bruner

    • 19th in Scoring per Game – 16 pts

    • 20th in Off. Rebounds per Game – 3.5 rebounds

  • Rebekah Capeder

    • 2nd in Field Goal Percentage – 71.4 percent (10 for 14)

  • Torie Murillo

    • 1st in Free Throw Percentage – 100 percent (6 for 6)

    • 13th in Blocks per Game – 1.5

  • Brittany Townsend

    • 7th in Three Point FG per Game – 3 per game

    • 18th in Assist to Turnover Ratio – 2.67 ratio

  • Courtney Gimlin

    • 16th in Three Point FG per Game – 2.5 per game

  • Jackie Wacha

    • 5th in Assist to Turnover Ratio – 3.5 ratio

As a team, the Eagles finished the tournament ranking near the top in several statistical categories:

  • 4th in Scoring Offense per Game – 77.5 pts

  • 3rd in Offensive Field Goal Percentage – 46.1 percent

  • 1st in Assists per Game – 19 assists

  • 5th in Steals per game – 10 steals

  • 4th in Assists to Turnover Ratio – 1.15 ratio

Georgetown went on to defeat Rogers State (Okla.) 70-63 in the round of eight before falling to national runners up Union (Tenn.) 50-62 in the semifinals.

As for season statistics, the Eagles received several Top 30 rankings in the country both as a team and on an individual level.

Team Rankings (Nationally out of 113 programs)

  • 11th in Total Rebound Defense (33.93)

  • 12th in 3-Pt FG Pct Defense (.265)

  • 17th in Total 3-Pt FG Made (204)

  • 21st in 3-Pt FG Made per Game (6.18)

  • 22nd in Field Goal Pct Defense (.363)

  • 23rd in Scoring Defense per Game (59.15)

  • 28th in Total Rebound Margin (4.515)

Individual Rankings (Nationally out of an estimated 1,350 players)

  • Victoria Murillo – 1st  in Steals per Game (4.241)

  • Victoria Murillo – 1st  in Total Steals (123)

  • Brittany Townsend – 4th in Total 3-Pt FG Made (81)

  • Victoria Murillo – 4th in Assists per Game (5.931)

  • Brittany Townsend – 5th in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (2.613)

  • Victoria Murillo – 7th in Total Assists (172)

  • Cassie Bruner – 15th in Offensive Rebounds per Game (4.032)

  • Courtney Gimlin – 29th in 3-Pt Fg Made per Game (2.100)

  • Rebekah Capeder – 30th in Offensive Rebounds per Game (3.419)

Torie Murillo led the NAIA in steals for the second consecutive year and finishes her four year career with 421 total steals, an Avila record. Murillo also collected 638 rebounds, had 531 assists, and scored 887 points in 122 games in her career at Avila.

Brittany Townsend finished her prolific four year career with 256 rebounds, 190 assists, and 1,151 points in 124 contests. She has ranked in the Top 10 nationally in three point field goals made for the past two seasons (7th in 2010-11 and 4th in 2011-12).

Loganne Grider finished her Avila career with 193 rebounds, 43 assists, 30 steals, and 256 points.

Eagles Upset Number 1 Seed Freed-Hardeman In Double Overtime

March 14, 2012

Frankfort, KY - After trailing 32-45 at halftime, the Avila University Eagles (21-10) came soaring back to send the game into overtime and eventually claimed a 84-82 victory over the number one seeded Freed-Hardeman University (28-6) in double overtime. Cassie Bruner led the Eagles with 20 points and was the only player in the contest to register a double-double as she also collected 11 rebounds. The win is the first ever in the national tournament for the women’s basketball program while the loss marks the first time the Lions have bowed out of the national tournament in the first round since 1998. The Lions have reached the national tournament for the last 18 consecutive seasons. Box Score | Bracket

While the Eagles trailed by 13 at the half, they shot an impressive 45% from the field and went one for two beyond the arc. The difference maker in the half was the Lions three point shooting as they went four for seven from beyond the arc while Natalie Shumpert led all scorers with 15 points in the half.
The Eagles opened the second half on a 18-9 run in the first 6:34 as a Torie Murillo basket at the 13:26 mark cut the Lions lead to just four points (54-40). The two teams traded baskets in the final 10 minutes of player, and eventually Torie Murillo hit two crucial free throws that tied the game at 66-66 with 3:21 to play. Natalie Shumpert would follow with a basket of her own as the Lions reclaimed a two-point lead. Cassie Bruner’s field goal courtesy of a Jackie Wacha assist with thirty seconds to play took the two teams to overtime with the score tied at 68-68.

The Eagles turned to their post play in the first overtime as Rebekah Capeder and Cassie Bruner combined for six of Avila’s eight points. Natalie Shumpert scored all eight of the Lion’s points in the first extra period. Torie Murillo had a shot at the buzzer to win the game, but found iron as the teams went in to a second overtime with the score tied at 76-76.

In similar fashion to the first overtime, the Eagles jumped out to a quick two point lead thanks in part to a Cassie Bruner basket. The Eagles claimed the upset from the free throw line as the Eagles went 4 for 6 from the line including two free throws from Murillo that stretched the Eagles led to 84-81 with 10 seconds remaining. After fouling Natalie Shumpert on the Lions final possession, Shumpert connected on the first free throw. After an intentional miss on the second, Hayley Newby had chance to send the game to a third overtime but her shot rimmed out as they Eagles claimed a 84-82 victory.

Rebekah Capeder (19 points), Torie Murillo (19 points), and Brittany Townsend (11 points) joined Bruner with double digit scoring while Capeder was one rebound away from a double-double. The Eagles outrebounded FHU 52-42 while Avila grabbed an impressive 21 offensive rebounds. Torrie Murillo grabbed six steal in the contest as she played 49 of the contests 50 minutes.

Natalie Shumpert led all scorers with 32 points. Ashley Tate and Hannah Parsley both had 15 points in the contest while Maria Bagwell had 10 points and a team high nine rebounds.

The Eagles will face the fifth seed Georgetown College (Ky.) in the round of sixteen Friday at 3:30PM (Central Time). Georgetown (22-9) upset the fourth seeded Vanguard University (23-7) 70-68 as Dev King hit two free throws with three seconds remaining.

Eagles Make National Tournament for Second Consecutive Year

March 7, 2012

Kansas City, MO - The Eagles have made the NAIA National tournament once again, this time courtesy of a second place finish in HAAC conference regular season standings. With MidAmerica's 79-70 victory over Graceland, the Eagles found themselves claiming the second of two Heart of America automatic berths. The national tournament will be played in Frankfort, Kentucky this year after taking place in Jackson, Tennessee for over 20 years.

The Eagles received an 8th seed and will take on Number 1 seeded Freed-Hardeman (Tenn.) Wednesday March 14th at 4:00PM. Freed-Hardeman comes into the contest ranked third in the nation with an overall record of 28-5. The Lions received the first At-Large bid for the tournament after falling to No. 2 ranked Union University (Tenn.) in the TranSouth Conference Championship 47-54.

The Lions are led by 5'4 guard Natalie Shumpert who currently ranks 15th in the nation in total scoring with 535 points, and 5'7 forward Maria Bagwell who ranks fifth in the nation in total rebounds (358) and averages just over 10 points per game.

The Eagles will have their hands full as Freed-Hardeman makes its 16th consecutive national tournament appearance and are looking to build off of a Fab Four appearance in last year’s tournament.

The winner of the AU-FHU game will take on the winner of Georgetown (Ky.) - Vanguard (Calif.) Friday March 16 at 4:30PM. The Eagles defeated Vanguard 71-49 this past December.

Murillo Leads All HAAC Honors For Eagles

February 27, 2012

Kansas City, MO - For the second consecutive year, Torie Murrilo was selected as the HAAC defensive player of the year. Murillo, a 5'10 senior guard from Lee's Summit, Missouri currently ranks second in the nation in total steals (110) and 8th in the nation in total assists (154). She also received First Team All HAAC honors for the second year running. Brittany Townsend was selected to the Second Team All HAAC squad while Rebekah Capeder was placed on the Honorable Mention list. Townsend, the Eagles leading scorer has averaged just under 12 points per game and ranks fifth in the nation and first in the HAAC in three point baskets (75). Capeder, a freshmen forward from Trenton, Missouri ranks fifth in the conference in total rebounds (217) and has recorded five double doubles on the year.

The Eagles wrapped up their HAAC regular season schedule this past weekend and finished with a conference record of 14-4, good enough for second in the standings and a number two seed in the conference tournament. The Eagles will face off against the seventh seeded Culver-Stockton Wildcats at home this Thursday (March 1). Tip is scheduled for 7:00PM. The Eagles are currently 2-0 against Culver on the year, picking up a 72-63 at home and a 74-68 in Canton.

Murillo Claims Third Player of the Week Honor

February 20, 2012

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Senior guard Victoria Murillo of Avila was selected the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday morning.


The floor general for the conference co-leaders picked up her third Player of the Week award of the season. A native of Lee's Summitt, Mo., Murillo averaged 16.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 7.5 assists and 4.0 steals while converting 73.3 percent of her field goal attempts and 81.8 percent of her free throws.

Avila was able to maintain a share of first place thanks to a pair of wins last week with Murillo playing a major role in both contests. She went the distance in a 63-58 road victory over Evangel, tallying 17 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 4 assists while hitting 6-of-9 shots from the field. She followed that up with her 6th double-double of the season against Peru State, recording 15 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists and 4 steals to go along with an identical 5-of-6 clip from both the field and the free throw line.

Murillo will represent the conference in the running for the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week award, which will be released no later than Tuesday afternoon.


Heart of America Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week
November 14 - Jessica Logsdon, Culver-Stockton
November 21 - Aneshia Starks, Culver-Stockton
November 28 - Emily Akins, Evangel
December 5 - Victoria Murillo, Avila
December 12 - Courtney Ward, Peru State
January 2 - Kara Blankenship, Evangel
January 9 - Towanda Sutton, Central Methodist
January 16 - Victoria Murillo, Avila
January 23 - Katie Potter, Peru State
January 30 - Cassie Bruner, Avila

February 6 - Sammie Gathercole, Central Methodist
February 13 - Florida Siaosi, Graceland

February 20 - Victoria Murillo, Avila

Brittany Townsend Honored for her 1,000 Point

January 24, 2012

Kansas City, MO –

Brittany Townsend was honored postgame for scoring her 1,000 career point in the Eagles 88-71 victory over Peru State. Townsend, a 5-9 senior from Orrick, Missouri, currently leads the Eagles in points per game averaging just over 12 points a night.


Brittany Townsend Year-to-Year

Season GP FGM FGA Points
'08-09 (Freshman) 31 34 109 100
'09-10 (Sophomore) 29 49 138 149
'10-11 (Junior) 33 197 523 539
'11-12 (Senior) 19 83 238 232
  112 363 1008 1014



Avila's Murillo Wins Second Player of the Week Award

January 16, 2012

KANSAS CITY, MO – Senior guard Victoria Murillo of Avila was selected the Heart of America Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week on Monday morning.

Murillo claimed her second Player of the Week nod of the season after turning in a pair of all-around performances for the Eagles last week. She averaged 18.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists and 4.5 steals while shooting .550 from the field (11-for-20) that included a 3-of-4 clip from the 3-point line and connected on 11-of-13 free throws.

A native of Lee's Summitt, Missouri, Murillo returned to the Avila lineup on Thursday to tally 10 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals in a 67-40 win over Evangel. Two days later, she posted a season-high 26 points to go along with 9 rebounds, 7 assists and 4 steals in a 88-71 win at Peru State. She is now the NAIA leader in steals per game (3.9) and third in assists per game (6.3).

Murillo will represent the conference in the running for the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball Player of the Week award, which will be released no later than Tuesday afternoon.



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