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Avila basketball player receives prestigious conference honor

July 7, 2011
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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Addie Buckler, a senior on the Avila University women's basketball team, recently was selected as the 2011 Heart of America Athletic Conference Emil S. Liston Award recipient. By earning selection for the conference award, Buckler automatically is nominated for the national Liston Award.

Since 1950, the award, which honors the memory of founding NAIA executive director Emil S. Liston, is presented annually by Daktronics recognizing a male and female junior basketball player based on scholarship, character and playing ability.

Buckler, a 5-foot-6 guard from Camden Point, Mo., was named as an NAIA Scholar-Athlete following the Eagles' 2010-11 season and maintained at least a 3.5 grade-point average as a junior. She played in 13 games, scored 10 points behind 3-of-4 shooting from the field and pulled down six rebounds as the Eagles finished 20-13, won the Heart of America Athletic Conference post-season tournament and qualified for the NAIA national tournament for the first time in school history.

"Addie has always been a leader in the classroom," said Eagles head women's basketball coach Larry Williams. "She is a highly motivated and responsible young lady, and we are thrilled that the NAIA is recognizing her contributions to the team and to Avila University as a whole."



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.