Clark earns All-American honors at C-SC

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

A decade removed from Jessica Keller earning NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention accolades from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, another former Belle Lady Tiger basketball player gave Keller some company in the All-American department. Keller’s NCAA Division II Honorable Mention All-American nod came during her senior year at Quincy University during the 2008-09 season.

Helping Culver-Stockton College’s Lady Wildcats finish 19-14 for the season, senior Lacey Clark started all 33 games averaging a team-high 13.5 points. She also averaged 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.5 steals per contest.

“It was a phenomenal experience,” Clark said of her four years in a C-SC Lady Wildcat basketball uniform. “It’s crazy to think how fast four years can go by and even crazier that my whole career is over.”

A key figure in C-SC’s offense, Clark reached double figures in scoring during 21 of the 33 games she played in as a senior.

She additionally hit the 20-point mark in five of those 21 games.

Closing her basketball career out in fitting fashion, Clark was named to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Division I Women’s Basketball All-American Team as an Honorable Mention selection.

“Lacey was a three-time All-conference selection going from honorable mention (All-HAAC) as a sophomore to second team as a junior and first team as a senior,” C-SC President Dr. Kelly Thompson said. “She got better each year making the All-American recognition a natural progression in her senior year.”

C-SC head women’s basketball coach Janette Burgin admired Clark’s work ethic.

“She’s one of the hardest working players I have ever coached,” Burgin said. “Her work ethic is impeccable. I’m excited to see what she does the rest of her life outside of basketball.

Finishing her career with 1,108 points at C-SC, that ranked her 15th all time on the school’s scoring list just ahead of Cathy Shoup who amassed 1,075 points during her C-SC women’s basketball career spanning from 1992-96.

Most recently the athletic director in Rolla, Shoup is now currently the athletic director at Willard High School in southwest Missouri.

Earning All-American honors was not the only highlight of Clark’s C-SC basketball career.

After defeating Grand View in the play-in game, Clark went off for a career-high 29 points helping the Lady Wildcats upset the second-seeded Mid-American Nazarene University Lady Pioneers in the HAAC Tournament quarterfinals.

Clark also left C-SC as the record holder for 3-pointers made in a game.

Hitting eighth 3-balls in a game against Missouri Valley last year during her junior season, Lacey broke a school record that stood for nearly 30 years.

The previous record of seven 3-point makes in a game was held by Shelia (Suddarth) Meny when she did it against William Jewell back on Jan. 20, 1990.