Kingsport, Tenn. – Amber Levi and Megan Billingsby were the Bryan College Women's Basketball team's representatives to the All-Appalachian Athletic Conference Teams, announced by the league Wednesday night in Kingsport, Tenn. where the AAC Basketball Tournament is being held. Levi's efforts led to her receiving All-Conference First Team honors, while Billingsby was named to All-Conference Second Team.
Both Levi and Billingsby have helped the Lions turn a 2-6 overall record and 1-4 conference record to begin the season into a notable 15-14 overall after routing Columbia College Wednesday evening in the opening round of AAC Tourney play, 82-53. Bryan ended the regular-season 14-14 overall and 12-10 in conference action.
This marks the second consecutive year that Levi has earned First-Team recognition. She leads the team in total scoring this season with 468 points, averaging 16.7 points per game. Her shooting has been impressive, completing 83.6 percent from the foul line and 67 total three-pointers, which averages to 2.3 per game. She ranks nationally in each of the categories: No. 18 in free throw percentage, No. 36 in total scoring, No. 37 in points per game, No. 43 in three-pointers made per game, and No. 46 in total three-point shots made. She is 5th in conference in scoring and 2nd in free throw percentage. She has this year's top stellar points game in the AAC as she made Bryan Women's Basketball history on Feb. 4 in a 90-81 win over St. Andrews University (N.C.). She scored a career-high 42 points, which is the third most in program history. She managed to set a school record by making 10 three-pointers (10-of-17), and pieced together a remarkable all-around performance with nine rebounds, five assists, and three steals.
To be voted to the AAC Champions of Character Team, the individual must represent the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. Levi was the Lion's representative to the Champion's of Character Team this year.
Billingsby has been an impact player ever since she became a Lion, picking up All-Freshman Team honors her first year, landing on the All-AAC First Team the past two seasons, and making it to the Second Team this year. Her highlights this season include a team-best 199 rebounds, 48.3 shooting percentage, 286 points, while her 11.9 points per game trail just behind Levi. She also tied for 6th in conference with six double-doubles notched this season. Her 8.2 rebounds per game were good enough to rank her No. 32 in the nation, and she placed No. 36 in defensive rebounds per game with 5.7. She ended this year top-15 in the AAC in scoring and No. 3 in rebounds per game. As she concludes her final year at Bryan, she will go down as the 2nd highest rebounder and 6th highest scorer in program history, compiling 904 boards and 1,474 rebounds to date.
For a complete look at the AAC awards for women's basketball, click here.