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Yazell and Callahan garner postseason accolades from RSC


NEW ALBANY, Ind. -- Just before the River States Conference Tournament began, conference officials released the 2017-18 All-River States Conference Teams and Awards on Tuesday, February 20.

Leading the list of postseason honors for the Midway women’s basketball team was Haleigh Yazell and Allyson Callahan. Yazell received All-RSC Second Team honors, while Callahan was named to the RSC Women’s Basketball Champions of Character Team.

Yazell, a native of Paris, Kentucky, takes home her first career All-RSC honor. The honor comes after she was named River States Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the first time of her career on Monday.

The sophomore guard led Midway in scoring this season averaging 13.7 points per game to go with 4.8 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists per game. She also shot 43.8 percent from the floor overall, including 40.4 percent from the three point line.

Yazell came on strong down the stretch in the second half of the season as she averaged 14.3 points per game after the calendar turned to 2018. She eclipsed the 20 point mark nine times this season, including a new career-high 29 points in a 65-58 win over IU Kokomo on December 16.

Yazell ranks in the top-10 in five different statistical categories in the River States. She ranks 10th in 3PT field goals made per game (2.03), eighth in points per game (13.68), seventh in 3PT field goals made (63), sixth in scoring (424) and third in 3PT percentage (40.4 percent).

Callahan, on the other hand, was named to the River States Conference Women’s Basketball Champions of Character Team.

The RSC Champions of Character Team recognizes one player from each team who best represents the NAIA Champions of Character core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship.

As a true freshman, Callahan stepped in and played right-away. The Morehead, Kentucky native appeared in 25 games averaging 14 minutes per game. She also averaged 4.4 points per game to go with 3.2 rebounds per game.

Yazell and Callahan helped lead the Eagles to a 17-14 record in 2017-18. They also went 9-9 in conference play earning them a third-place finish in the RSC West Division.

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