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Lincoln's Tim Abney named Heartland Conference Women's Coach Of The Year

March 15, 2003

San Antonio, TX - The Heartland Conference has announced the 2002-03 Heartland Conference Basketball Teams. Lincoln (MO) University Head Women's Basketball Coach Tim Abney was named the Heartland Conference Coach of the Year. Coach Abney has made vast improvements to the Blue Tiger Women. Two years ago Mr. Abney saw his team go 5-19, then last collected 10 wins to go with 17 losses and this year guided the Blue Tigers to 13-15. Get your sunglasses ready, as Tim Abney only loss this off-season is one senior with all starters retuning next year, the future is looking bright for the LU women.

The Heartland Conference honored two of the Blue Tiger Women. Sophomore Guard Rhonda John (Sangre Grande, Trinidad) earning first team membership and Junior Forward Shara Tauai (Verona, MO) being selected to the second team. On the men's side, Junior Guard Sean Briggs (Arlington, TN) made second team and Freshman Forward Travis Backes received Honorable Mention.

Rhonda John lead the league in blocked shots on the season with 31 denials and was second best in field goal percentage with 55.8% from the floor, assists with 111 dishes and steals taking 90 away on the season. John also put up big numbers in rebounds with 184 grabs and points per game with 11.9, both second best on the team. Shara Tauai was leading scorer for the LU women with 14 points a game, fourth in the HC. She also led the team in rebounds with 222 boards, good enough for second best in the Heartland. >From the floor Tauai shot 47.4% and from the free throw line Shara shot 80.5%, third best in the conference.

Sean Briggs earned second team All-Conference with 11.9 points a game, by shooting 42.7% from the floor and 81.4 from the charity stripe. Briggs also grabbed 24 steals on the season to go with 36 assists. Travis Backes in his first collegiate season shot 39.5% from the field, 65.7% from the line while averaging 15 minutes a game. Backes will definitely looks to be a force to be reckoned with, in years to come.

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