SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Union guards Laura Perkins and Kara Pile are among 162 student-athletes to be named a 2012 Daktronics-NAIA Women's Basketball Division II Scholar-Athletes, the NAIA announced Monday.
Perkins (Myra, Ky.) and Pile (Fairdale, Ky.) are the ninth and 10th Lady Bulldogs to receive the honor, and this is the first time either garnered the award.
A junior, Perkins played in 33 games this season, starting 24. She averaged 7.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game and had 53 assists. Perkins scored a season-high 15 points against Tennessee Wesleyan in the Appalachian Athletic Conference Tournament championship game, which Union won 55-50. She was named to the AAC All-Academic Team as well.
Pile, a senior, played and started in 30 games this season, averaging 11.8 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. She led the Lady Bulldogs with 93 assists to go with 39 steals and 15 blocks. Pile netted a career-high 38 points against Bryan (Tenn.) on Jan. 21. Like Perkins, Pile made the AAC All-Academic Team. She also was an All-AAC Second Team selection.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status to qualify for this honor.
The Lady Bulldogs posted a 25-8 overall record, won the AAC Tournament title and advanced to the 2012 NAIA Women's Basketball Division II National Championship Tournament.
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