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Akers, Keith Named All-State in Women's Basketball

Akers, Keith Named All-State in Women's Basketball
2012 VaSID College All-State Women's Basketball Team

Ferrum, Va. -- The 2012 Virginia College Division Women's Basketball All-State Team has been announced by the Virginia Sports Information Directors, and Ferrum College had two selections.  Rising senior Tesla Akers was named to the first team, while 2012 graduate Kristen Keith was a second team selection.

Player of the Year honors went to Katelyn Fischer of Marymount University, while Sarah Seipp of Virginia Wesleyan College earned Rookie of the year.  University of Mary Washington's Deena Applebury earned Coach of the Year after leading the Eagles to the NCAA Division III Tournament Elite Eight.

For Keith, this is her third consecutive All-State honor, having also made the second team in 2010 and 2011.  Akers is Ferrum's fourth player to earn All-State first team honors, joining Tara Toland (2005), Aline Alzime (2006) and Tonya Wright (2009).

Akers and Keith were both USA South All-Conference first team selections this year.  The duo helped Coach Bryan Harvey's team win the USA South regular season and tournament titles, and advance to the 2012 NCAA Division III Tournament, Ferrum's first post-season berth in 17 years.

Akers averaged a team-high 13.4 points per game for the Panthers, and added 3.3 assists per game.  She shot .371 from behind the three-point line and .707 from the free throw line.  She was named the 2012 USA South Tournament MVP.  Akers is a three-time All-Conference player, twice earning third team (2010, 2011) and first team this season.

Keith averaged 12.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds in 2012.  She shot .521 from the floor and .743 from the line.  Keith is a four-time All-Conference selection, including three straight first team honors in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and a third team honor in 2009.

Ferrum closed out the 2012 season with a 23-6 record.  The 23 victories is a new school record for season wins, surpassing the 21-7 record Harvey's team posted in 2007 and equaled in 2010.