Story Courtesy of BGSU Athletic Media Relations
ATLANTA, Ga. (BGSU Athletic Communications) -- Bowling Green State University senior Lauren Prochaska is one of 52 regional finalists for the 2011 State Farm Coaches' All-America Basketball Team for NCAA Division I. Prochaska earns the honor for the third consecutive season. The announcement of the All-Region nominees was made by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA), in cooperation with State Farm, Wednesday (March 16).
Prochaska's selection marks the fifth time in as many seasons that a BGSU player earns the honor. Ali Mann was a regional finalist in 2007, while Kate Achter was recognized in ‘08.
The State Farm Coaches' All-America Team selection committee will review the 52 candidates and cut the list to 40 finalists on Monday, March 21. The 40 finalists will all be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches' All-America Team.
Prochaska, a native of Plain City, Ohio, has had yet another stellar season for the Falcons. She leads the team in scoring, with 17.9 points per game, and also has 6.0 rebounds per contest. She is second on the team in rebounding, assists, steals and blocked shots.
Prochaska was named to the All-Mid-American Conference First Team for the third consecutive year, after earning second-team honors as a freshman in 2007-08. She was named the MAC Player of the Year as both a sophomore and a junior. Last weekend, Prochaska was named the MAC Tournament's MVP for the second-straight season after helping the Falcons to a second consecutive conference tourney crown.
Earlier this season, Prochaska became the top scorer in school history. She currently has 2,271 career points, ranking third in MAC history. In addition to points, Prochaska holds the school records for three-point field goals made (310, second in MAC history), free throws made (617), free-throw percentage (90.5%), games started (134) and consecutive games started (134). Prochaska, who has started every game since arriving in Northwest Ohio, is on pace to finish her career ranked among the top-five players in NCAA Division-I history in free-throw pct.
Prochaska also has become just the seventh player in BGSU history to pull down 800 career rebounds, surpassing the mark in the Falcons' MAC Tournament semifinal-round win over Central Michigan. She now has 808 career boards.
Prochaska is the first player in BGSU history to score over 500 points in each of her four seasons. Additionally, she is part of a senior class that has helped the Falcons to a total of 110 wins in their careers to date. BGSU is 110-24 in the last four seasons, the third-highest four-year win total in school - and MAC - history.
The Falcons of head coach Curt Miller won the MAC's East Division, earning a divisional title for the seventh-straight season. After capturing a second consecutive MAC Tournament title, BGSU (28-4) heads to the NCAA Championships for the 11th time in program history and the fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Falcons will face Georgia Tech in first-round action on Saturday (March 19) at St. John Arena in Columbus, Ohio. The game will be televised by ESPN2, and will also be available on the web via ESPN3.com.