Park University point guard Channell Mackey is one of six women's basketball players honored as First-Team All-Conference honorees in the American Midwest Conference, which announced its all-league award winners after Freed-Hardeman University's 80-71 win in the 2014 tournament championship game over Columbia College.
Mackey, a junior from Washington, D.C., was one of two Park players awarded, as freshman shooting guard Lauren LaBonde (Grand Junction, Colo.) was named honorable-mention all-conference after becoming a staple in the lineup during the conference season.
LaBonde ranked 22nd in 3-pointers per game in NAIA Division I Women's Basketball, making 2.3 per game to average 10.5 points per game.
Mackey was one of the NAIA's best at the point guard position in the regular season, leading the NAIA (as of March 10) in total steals, with 116, and second in per-game steals at 3.9. She dished out 159 assists, ranking seventh and leading the AMC with 5.3 assists per game, and she was a top-10 scorer in the AMC, scoring a Park-best 16 points per game.
"We wouldn't have been a top-half team in this conference without both Channell and Lauren," said Park head women's basketball coach Kenneth Cooper. "A lot of the coaches in this conference said Channell was the best point guard in the league, and I think everyone could tell we were a better shooting team when we got Lauren healthy in January. Both will be a big part of any success we have next season."
The Pirates finished fifth in the AMC at 13-9, ending the 2013-14 season with a 16-14 overall record.
2013-14 AMC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team