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Women's Basketball - Thu, Mar. 16, 2017
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Fresh off of helping the Marian women's basketball team to its second-straight NAIA National Championship, Jessica Almeida and Kellie Kirkhoff have been named NAIA All-Americans as announced by the NAIA Thursday afternoon. Almeida was named to the first team, while Kirkhoff earned third team honors.

Almeida becomes the third Knight to earn All-America First Team honors, joining Lakan Hasser-Smith (2016) and Leslie Wade (1994). She led Marian with 14.2 points per game and added three rebounds and three assists per game. Almeida shot 49 percent from the field, 41 percent from three and 83 percent from the free throw line. She frequently drew the toughest assignment defensively and averaged over a steal per game. Almeida was named to the all-tournament team at the national tournament in Sioux City earlier this week.

Kirkhoff was right behind Almeida in scoring this season at 13.4 points per game. She started all 38 games and averaged two rebounds and three assists per game. Her 75 steals led the Knights and she shot 47 percent from the field, 36 from three and 71 from the free throw stripe. Kirkhoff's 62 3-pointers ranked first on the team and her 109 assists were second. Kirkhoff was also named to the all-tournament team at the national tournament in Sioux City.

Marian finished the season 35-3 and won its second-straight national title. 

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