Dayton, Tenn. – The league announced on Monday the list of 286 NAIA women basketball players who were named 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, and Bryan College's Marlee Sells (JR/Rickman, Tenn.) was the Lion's lone representative. Eight Appalachian Athletic Conference schools made the list with Milligan College (Tenn.) landing the most Scholar-Athletes with four, then Union College (Ky.) and Bluefield College (Va.) with three apiece, Reinhardt University (Ga.) and Point University (Ga.) with two each, and one from Tennessee Wesleyan University, Columbia College (S.C.), and Bryan College, respectively.
Sells, a junior forward from Rickman, Tenn., was part of a historic Bryan team this season after winning four games in four days to win the AAC Tournament title. It's been accomplished only once before by the Tennessee Wesleyan men's team back in 2005, but it was the first time in history during the women's tournament.
The Lions ended with an overall record of 18-15, including an appearance at the NAIA National Tournament where Bryan got a matchup with No. 1 seed Concordia University (Neb.), but eventually fell in their opening round meeting to conclude their season.
In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior status.