(Ann Arbor, MI) The Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference released the 2016-17 women's basketball season awards Wednesday afternoon with Cardinals guards Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI) and Mia Long (FR/Ann Arbor, MI) earning their share of recognition. For Borowiak it's a third straight year on the release and a first-time honor for the freshman, Long.
Kari Borowiak's career has progressed from an All-Newcomer team selection as a freshman, All-Conference Honorable Mention in 2015-16, to being named a member of the All-Conference First Team today. She has led the team in scoring each of her three years at Concordia and her 15.57 points per game ranks 8th in the WHAC. Additionally, the junior's field goal percentage of .483 is fifth overall, and the best of any guard in the league. Borowiak also sits in the top five in 3-point field goal percentage (.408), free throw percentage (.804), steals per game (2.77), and assists per game (3.77). She picked up a pair of WHAC Player of the Week awards midway through the winter and had her best statistical game against Madonna on January 11th scoring 30 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
Mia Long has quickly established herself in the backcourt and was given a trio of conference honors for her successful freshman campaign—All-Freshman Team, All-Defensive Team, and All-Conference Honorable Mention. Offensively, the Ann Arbor native is in the WHAC's top ten averaging 13.67 points a contest and her 3.67 assists per game is fourth. Her speed paid dividends on defense and her 83 steals leads the league, is 11th in the NAIA DII, and is the fourth most by a player in program history. Long had at least one swipe in all 30 regular-season games, eight with four or more, and racked up six in one game at Cornerstone on January 14th.
Kasey Lowney (SR/Novi, MI), one of the team's captains, was named Concordia's representative as a Champion of Character. Throughout her four years on the team she has shown her commitment to the five core values of integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership.
Also recognized by the WHAC were Aubrey Alfano (FR/Hemlock, MI), Kari Borowiak, Madison Jakabcic (JR/Brunswick, OH), Michelle Murnen (JR/Toledo, OH), and Brianna Rowe (JR/Southfield, MI) on the All-Academic team. All five student-athletes qualified by maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25.
The women's basketball team continues their play tonight with a postseason matchup at Indiana Tech in the WHAC Quarterfinals. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Fort Wayne, Indiana.