Edgemon makes history as 4-time All-American; Cooper honored again

Edgemon makes history as 4-time All-American; Cooper honored again

source: wbuathletics.com

Kaylee Edgemon became the Wayland Baptist Flying Queens’ first-ever four-time NAIA All-American, and NAIA assists champion Jenna Cooper garnered her second such honor when the NAIA released its 2021-22 NAIA Women’s Basketball All-Americans today. Edgemon was named to the First Team for the second consecutive season while Cooper was voted to the Second Team.

Edgemon was the fourth three-time NAIA All-American for the Flying Queens along with the program’s top three all-time scorers, Sharla Harrison (1987-89), Hazel Taylor (1997-99) and Carmen Wynn (1985-87). Harrison, the program’s all-time scoring leader with 2,461 points, was a Second Team pick once and a First Team choice twice. Taylor, who scored 2,446 points, was a three-time First Teamer while Wynn, who scored 2,310 points, was a two-time First Teamer and one-time Third Teamer.

Edgemon, who was honorable mention her first two seasons at WBU, finished her career with 1,856 points, which is sixth in Flying Queens’ history.

The Flying Queens’ program boast two AAU All-Americans: Lometa Odom (1953-56), who is ninth in all-time scoring with 1,614 points, and Susan Britton (1969-72; one-time honorable mention), who had 1,067 points.

A 5-foot-11 graduate student from Littlefield, Edgemon this season repeated as Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year, three years after being named SAC Newcomer of the year after transferring from Eastern New Mexico University where she was the Lone Star Conference Freshman of the Year. (Players were granted an extra season of eligibility due to the reduced 2020-21 schedule brought on by COVID-19.)

Edgemon recently was named CoSIDA Academic Second Team All-American and last season was the SAC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year and an NAIA Scholar-Athlete. She led the eighth-ranked Flying Queens (33-4) in scoring at 19.6 points per game, which ranked 16th in the NAIA, while her 685 points ranked fourth and 287 field goals ranked second. She scored in double-figures in all but two games the last two seasons and had 10 career double-doubles.

Edgemon earned a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies and plans to become a teacher.

Cooper, a 6-foot junior forward from Claude, became a two-time NAIA All-American two seasons after she was an honorable mention selection in 2019-20. She has earned all-conference honors all three of her seasons at Wayland, including First Team recognition the last two seasons. An NAIA Scholar-Athlete, she was SAC Newcomer of the Year in 2019-20.

This season, Cooper led the NAIA in total assists with 207 (5.9 per game). She was second on the team in scoring (18.0 ppg), having reached double-figures in all but one game, and third in rebounds (6.9) and steals (1.2). Cooper’s 75 3-pointers were one short of the program record, and she also led the team in free throw percentage at 87.2 percent (102-of-117), which was 18th in the NAIA. She recorded a triple-double (11-11-11) on Dec. 7 against Panhandle State and had two double-doubles.

With one season of eligibility remaining, Cooper has 1,264 points, which is 21st in Flying Queens history.

Besides Edgemon and Cooper, other SAC players earning NAIA All-American honors were Asheika Alexander of Langston on the Third Team and Honorable Mention picks Thamires Andrade of Southwestern Christian, Kertisa Amos of Texas Wesleyan, Lexi Hernandez of Mid-America Christian, Abby Selzer of Oklahoma City and Zaria Dorsey of Science & Arts of Oklahoma.

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