(Kansas City, MO) The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced their post-season honors Thursday afternoon for women's basketball and Concordia placed one student-athlete on the All-American team. Standout guard Kari Borowiak (JR/Gaylord, MI) was named to the Honorable Mention All-American team.
Head Coach Thad Sankey recruited Kari to Concordia and credits her hard work as a reflection of her consistent performance on and off the court. "We are very proud of Kari's All-American recognition, said Sankey. "It is a direct result of hard work and commitment by Kari and her teammates."
Borowiak's All-American honor is her first national recognition but adds to a long list of conference and school honors she has received. After a successful Junior campaign, Borowiak was recently named to the WHAC 1st Team All-Conference. Borowiak has led the team in scoring and started every game since coming in as a freshman. She finished her Junior season among the WHAC leaders in several statistical categories; 16 points (9th), 48% field goal percentage (10th), 3.68 assists (3rd), 79.8% free throw percentage (4th), 2.39 steals (2nd), 42% 3pt field goal percentage (4th), and 1.54 assist to turnover ratio (6th). These statistics played a significant role in helping the Cardinals resurgence to an 18-11 overall record.
A captain on the team, Borowiak also holds sets the bar high for herself off the court. CoSIDA recently named Borowiak to the prestigious 2nd Team Academic All-America team. She owns a 3.96 cumulative GPA (4.0 scale) in the CUAA School of Education where she studies elementary education with an emphasis in mathematics.
Borowiak has scored a total of 1281 points and distributed 356 assists while hauling in 403 rebounds in her career to date. She became just the 4th player in program history to tally 1,000 points and 300 assists when she reached both milestones in the Cardinals win over Governors State on December 28, 2016.
The individual success for Borowiak was instrumental in leading the Cardinals to 18 wins this year which also included a 7-0 start. The Cardinals received three votes in the NAIA Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll on November 29th. "Kari's ability to make our team better is a huge reason for our success this season and in the future," said Sankey.
In addition to her All-Conference First team recognition this year Borowiak has been named to the All-Newcomer team (2014-15), All-Conference Honorable Mention team (2015-16), and two WHAC player of the week awards this season (12/19/16, 1/2/17).
Borowiak is the first Cardinal to receive All-American recognition since Brooke Adams received 1ST Team All-American honors after the 13-14 season.