From SFA Athletics
FRISCO, TX (Press Release)- Stephen F. Austin women’s basketball junior Taylor Ross has been selected to the All-Southland Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team and senior Taylor Schippers has earned the title of SLC Newcomer of the Year, the league office announced on Tuesday morning. Schippers was also placed on the All-SLC Honorable Mention list.
Ross was honored with a spot on the first team after establishing herself as one of the premier guards in the league once again during the 2015-16 season. It is her second all-conference selection after she gained second team recognition in 2015.
A native of Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville HS), Ross ended the regular season ranked near the top of the league in just about every statistical category. After 27 games played, she was fourth in scoring (15.9 ppg), second in assists (4.1 apg), fourth in steals (2.3 spg), sixth in field goal percentage (.484) and eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.1).
Ross scored in double figures in 22 of 27 games played on the year, while going over 20 points on 10 different occasions.
Ross was also recognized for her contributions on the defensive side of the ball with her first selection to the league’s defensive team. In 18 SLC contests, Ross swiped the third most steals in the league with an average of 2.4 takeaways per game. She notched at least three steals in 12 games overall, with a season-high six thefts at Nicholls on Feb. 20.
Thanks in large part to the swarming defensive pressure headed up by both Ross and Schippers, the Ladyjacks allowed just 62.7 points a night in league play – the fourth best mark in the SLC. SFA also ranked as high as 17th in the country in steals per game and 25th in turnovers forced by the final week of the regular season.
Schippers was tabbed the league’s best newcomer after showcasing a solid senior campaign in her first season eligible to compete for the Ladyjacks. In 29 regular season games, the Butler transfer averaged 10.9 points, 3.4 assists, 1.7 steals per game with 41 three-pointers made. Schippers, a product of Houston (Concordia Lutheran HS), boasted the fourth best assist/turnover ratio (1.7) in the conference while ranking in the top ten in both steals and assists.
The SFA captain dished out an assist in all 29 games played and scored in double figures 18 times. She dropped a season-high 25 points with four triples in a victory over rival Sam Houston State on Jan. 23 to spark a 10-game winning streak for SFA.
Schippers becomes the third SLC Newcomer of the Year recipient in program history and the first since Ashlee Mells won the award in 2012.
The backcourt duo will now look to lead the Ladyjacks to a run in the 2016 SLC Tournament in Katy this weekend. Winners of 11 of its last 12 games, SFA will first take on the winner of the Nicholls/Sam Houston State first round matchup in the quarterfinals on Friday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.