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Women's Basketball - Sat, Feb. 26, 2011
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BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - Senior guard Wendi Messer earned First Team All-Appalachian Athletic Conference honors with Kara Pile making Third Team and Union placing two on the All-Freshman Team, the league announced Saturday.

In addition to Messer (Barbourville, Ky.) and Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) earning All-AAC honors, Alyson Roberts (Baxter, Tenn.) and Amber Taylor (Clinton, Tenn.) were named to the All-Freshmen Team with Roberts also making the All-Defensive Team.

Messer led Union in scoring, averaging 16.6 points per game. She shot 43.1 percent from the floor, 35.6 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent from the foul line. Messer led Union 68 3-pointers made as the Lady Bulldogs set a program record with 299 3-pointers made in a season. The old mark was 296 set during the 2002-03 season. In addition, she averaged 4.9 rebounds per game and had 32 assists and 16 steals.

Pile averaged 11.1 points per game and dished out a team-best 80 assists. She also had 41 steals and led the team with 18 blocked shots. Pile hit 41.3 percent of her 37.0 percent of her 3-point attempts and hit 80.3 percent from the free-throw line. The Lady Bulldogs set the record for best free-throw percentage in a season, making 76.2 percent from the line. The previous record was 72.6 percent, set back during the 2007-08 season.

Roberts averaged 7.3 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. She led Union in steals with 43 and had 56 assists to her credit. She shot 38.9 percent from the floor, 37.3 percent from behind the arc and 73.3 from the free-throw line. Roberts is the first Union freshman and only the fourth Lady Bulldog to ever make the All-Defensive Team.

Taylor posted 8.8 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, while shooting 43.8 percent from the floor, 26.6 from long range and 76.7 percent at the charity stripe. She was second on the team in assists with 75 and swiped 37 balls.

Union also had four players make the All-Academic Team. The honorees are Pile, Rebecca Gray (Georgetown, Ky.), Maisie Insko (Mount Olive, Ky.) and Laura Perkins (Myra, Ky.).

The Lady Bulldogs finished the year 17-13 overall and 7-7 in the AAC, which was good enough for fourth place.

To view the entire All-Conference Team, click here.