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University of the Ozarks 2018-19 women's basketball Media Guide

ASC Championship Tournament: 2014-2015, 2013-2014, 2011-2012, 2010-2011, 2001-2002, 2000-2001, 1996-1997

2001-2002 American Southwest Conference East Division Champions

1996-1997 American Southwest Conference Champions

Head Coach Kourtni Williams

  • Served as the assistant coach from 2014-2017
  • Helped the program to the Post-Season Tournament in first season as the assistant coach
  • Three players named to the All-Conference Team during her tenure
  • 19 players made the American Southwest Conference (ASC) All-Academic Team when she was the assistant
  • Two players made the ASC All-Freshman Team during her time as a coach
  • Helped the Eagles lead the conference in defensive rebounding and were among the top-3 in three-pointers made per game her first season
  • Assisted the program to rank first in the league in defensive rebounds, fourth in defensive field goal percentage and third in field goal percentage

Assistant Coach Ashley Hipps

  • First season at University of the Ozarks (2017-2018)
  • Played at University of the Ozarks (2012-16)
  • Two-time All-Conference player
  • Ranks fourth in program history with 349 career assists
  • Three-time member of the American Southwest Conference All-Academic Team
  • Helped the program to a pair of post-season appearances
  • Voted the university’s Female Athlete of the Year (2015-16)

Want To Play For Ozarks?

  • 1 Hailey Weathers - Guard - Coal Hill, Ark.
  • 2 Hailey Ostrander - Guard - Alma, Ark.
  • 3 Kamryn McKinney - Guard - Sallisaw, Okla.
  • 4 Alona Brown - Guard - Earle, Ark.
  • 10 Samantha Childers - Guard - Clarksville, Ark.
  • 11 Angela Wyatt - Guard - Coal Hill, Ark.
  • 12 Kerigan Bradshaw - Guard - Harrison, Ark.
  • 13 Delanei Stephens - Forward - Coal Hill, Ark.
  • 14 Savannah Kate Smith - Guard - Perryville, Ark.
  • 15 Makara Frazier - Guard - Camden, Ark.
  • 20 Diamond Goodwyn - Forward - Gladewater, Texas
  • 21 Hannah Weatherford - Forward - Donaldson, Ark.
  • 22 Shakira Neal - Guard - Memphis, Tenn.
  • 23 Cassie Emerson - Forward - Jasper, Ark.
  • 24 Kelsey Dixson - Center - Hector, Ark.
  • 25 Zhajani Wright - Guard - Plumerville, Ark.
  • 31 Brittney Sain - Guard - Lake City, Ark.
  • 32 Abby Helmke - Forward - Yellville, Ark.
  • 34 Taylor McFarland - Forward - Summit, Ark.
  • 42 Janna Rhinehart - Guard - Danville, Ark.

The PLAYERS

SENIORS

#15 Makara Frazier

  • Height: 5-5
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Camden, Ark.
  • High School: Smackover HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Played in eight games. Member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
  • 2016-2017: Saw action in 2 games. Member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
  • 2015-2016: Played in 3 games.
  • Smackover HS: Averaged 13.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game as a senior. Named to the News Time All-Area Second Team. Was Female Athlete of the Year twice during prep career. Named team MVP as a junior.

#20 Diamond Goodwyn

  • Height: 5-11
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Gladewater, Texas
  • High School: Gladewater HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Playing in 21 games and starting 19, averaged 12.5 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. Had 28 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 9-15 (60.0%) from the field and 10-12 (83.3%) from the free-throw line against LeTourneau. Had four blocks in second game against LeTourneau. Scored 21 points and pulled down 11 rebounds against Concordia University Texas. Reached double figures in scoring 15 times. Recorded four double-doubles. Had three or more blocks four times.
  • 2016-2017: Played in all 25 games, averaging 9.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Hit 75-of-97 (77.3%) from the free throw line. Ranked 11th in the ASC in rebounding. Finished 8th in the ASC in free throw percentage. Reached double figures in scoring 11 times. Pulled down double digits in rebounding six times. Posted six double-doubles on the season. Pulled down 15 rebounds, scored 16 points and blocked two shots against Centenary. Shot over 50 percent from the field 12 times. Had 12 points and 12 rebounds against Bacone. Didn't miss a free throw in nine different games.
  • 2015-2016: Started in two games and played in 23, averaging 4.5 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Hit 37-of-77 (48%) from the floor. Made 9-of-10 from the field to score 18 points and grabbed 7 rebounds against McMurry. Pulled down 12 rebounds against Howard Payne. Recorded a rebound in 23 games. Had 9 rebounds against East Texas Baptist. Went 4-of-6 with 10 points in collegiate debut. Shot 50 percent or higher from the field 11 times. Scored 11 points behind a 7-of-9 effort from the free throw line against Texas-Tyler.
  • Gladewater HS: Averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds per game as a senior. Named First Team All-District and All East Texas Honorable Mention Team MVP her senior season. Earned First Team All-District and All East Texas Honorable Mention as a junior.

#2 Hailey Ostrander

  • Height: 5-6
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Alma, Ark.
  • High School: Alma HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Named to the ASC All-East Division Second Team. Finished thirteenth in the league in scoring (13.0), tenth in three-point percentage (33.3%) and sixth in three-pointers per game (2.0). Finished the season as the team's leading scorer and made the most three-pointers (48-of-144). A starter in 24 games, she also averaged 1.3 steals, 3.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game. Her assist average ranked second on the team. Reached double figures in scoring 18 times, including a 26-point effort against Bacone College. In that game, she tied a conference record by hitting 5-of-5 from the three-point line. She hit a three-pointer in 21 games and made at least four from long-range five different times. Had three 20-point plus games. Hit six three-pointers and scored 20 points, while handing out seven assists and grabbing eight rebounds against Arlington Baptist. Made nine field goals and scored 24 points against LeTourneau.
  • 2016-2017: Started in all 25 games, averaging 11. 0 points, second highest on the team, while leading the team in steals (1.6). Scoring average ranked in the ASC's top-25. Finished 14th in the ASC in assists per game (2.8). Ranked 9th in the ASC in free throw percentage. Ranked 11th in three-pointers per game. Led the team with 42 three-pointers. Made 42-of-123 (34.1%) from the three-point line. Hit 74-of-96 (77.1%) from the free throw line. Scored 25 points on 10-of-14 from the field, including 4-of-8 from the three-point line against McMurry. Also had four steals in that game. Nailed five three-pointers and scored 19 points against Concordia. Made a three-pointer in 18 games and hit two or more 12 times. Scored in double figures 14 times. Scored 16 points, dished out six assists, grabbed five rebounds and recorded two steals against Louisiana College. Had six assists against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Had four steals against three different opponents. Recorded eight rebounds twice. Didn't miss a free throw against six opponents.
  • 2015-2016: Started in one game and played in a total of 23. Averaged nearly 3 points and 2 assists per game. Hit both of her three-point attempts and scored 8 points in her collegiate debut. Scored a season-high 9 points against Concordia. Made a three-pointer in 8 games. Dished out five assists against Dallas Christian. Grabbed seven rebounds and handed out three assists against Mary Hardin-Baylor. Pulled down four rebounds in three different games. Had three steals against LeTourneau.
  • Alma HS: Averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 steals and 4.0 assists per game as a senior. Three-time All-Conference performer. Earned All-State her junior season. Named to the All State Tournament Team twice during prep career. Earned a spot on the Radio City Dream Team as a sophomore and junior. Played in the top-25 camp her junior and senior year. Helped team to the state tournament as a junior. Team won the Crawford County Tournament and Airedale Classic during prep career.

#14 Savannah Kate Smith

  • Height: 5-7
  • Year: Senior
  • Hometown: Perryville, Ark.
  • High School: Perryville HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Started in 24 games and averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.8 steals per game. Nailed 25 three-pointers. Reached double figures in scoring seven times. Hit 7-of-18 and scored 17 points against Hardin-Simmons. Had six assists and six rebounds against Hardin-Simmons and Rhodes. Made both of her three-point attempts and dished out seven assists against Hendrix to open the season. Recorded five or more assists six different times. Had three straight games with seven rebounds. Had seven steals against University of Dallas and five steals against Texas-Tyler. Member of the ASC All-Academic Team.
  • 2016-2017: Played in 13 games, averaging 6.5 points per game and 2.9 assists per game. Averaged over a steal per game. Scored 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting from the field against LeTourneau. Totaled three double digit scoring outputs. Grabbed seven rebounds against Texas-Tyler. Dished out eight assists against Belhaven on February 2. Had five or more assists three times. Scored 11 points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out five assists against Belhaven January 28.
  • Transfer from Arkansas Tech University. Four-time All-Conference performer during prep career at Perryville High School. Named All-Region and All-State as a junior and was named to the All-State Tournament Team. Earned a spot on the 2012 NAC All-Tournament Team.

The JUNIORS

#4 Alona Brown

  • Height: 5-6
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Earle, Ark.
  • High School: Earle HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Played in seven games. Hit 5-of-6 free throws to score five points against Texas Dallas. Had four points against LeTourneau. Pulled down two rebounds against Sul Ross State.

#13 Delanei Stephens

  • Height: 5-10
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Coal Hill, Ark.
  • High School: Westside HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2016-2017: Made the ASC East Division All-Freshman Team. Finished seventh in the conference in rebounding (7.5) and twenty-eighth in scoring (10.4). For the season, she hit 58-of-76 (76%) from the free throw line and averaged 1.0 steals per game. Posted five double-doubles during the season. Scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in a win over Concordia-Morehead. She reached double figures in scoring 14 times. Made the Rocky Mountain Thanksgiving All-Tournament Team in Colorado. Shot 50% or better from the field eight times. Went 7-of-10 from the floor and scored 18 points against McMurry. Had three steals against three different opponents. Dished out four assists in three games. Pulled down 10 defensive rebounds three times. Had 15 points and 13 rebounds against Louisiana College.
  • Johnson County Westside HS: Averaged 13.5 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game as a senior. Named Conference Player of the Year, All-State and a member of the All-State Tournament Team her senior year. Participated in the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star Game. Recorded a quadruple-double during her junior season. Finished her prep career with 1,027 points and 726 rebounds. Four-time All-Conference performer. Helped team to back-to-back conference and district championships and advanced to the state tournament three straight years.

#1 Hailey Weathers

  • Height: 5-3
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Coal Hill, Ark.
  • High School: Westside HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2016-2017: Played in all 25 games. Hit 3-of-4 shots, scored six points, grabbed four rebounds and dished out three assists against Hendrix. Had three rebounds and three assists against Belhaven.
  • Johnson County Westside HS: Averaged 7.0 points, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game as a senior. Shot 45 percent from the three-point line and dished out 123 assists. Named All-State her senior year and All-Conference four times during her prep career. Helped team to back-to-back conference and district championships and advanced to the state tournament three straight years.

The SOPHOMORES

#10 Samantha Childers

  • Height: 5-7
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Clarksville, Ark.
  • High School: Clarksville HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Played in seven games before suffering an injury. Averaged 2.3 points per game. Had five points against Hendrix. Had two assists in four different games, and three rebounds on two occasions.
  • Clarksville HS: Averaged 11 points and 5 rebounds per game as a senior. Named All-State and All-Conference during her prep career.

#23 Cassie Emerson

  • Height: 6-0
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Jasper, Ark.
  • High School: Jasper HS
  • Position: Forward
  • 2017-2018: Named to the ASC East Division All-Freshman Team. Played in all 25 games and started in seven. Finished thirteenth in the conference in field goal percentage (43.1%) and tenth in free throw percentage (74.3%). Averaged 9.0 points and 3.7 rebounds. Reached double figures in scoring 11 times. Had a career-best 22 points on 8-of-16 (50.0%) shooting from the floor against UT-Tyler. Also, grabbed 8 rebounds against Sul Ross, Arlington Baptist and Texas-Tyler. Had two blocks against three opponents. Scored 13 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked two shots against Arlington Baptist. Shot 50% or better from the field eight times.
  • Jasper HS: Averaged 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block and 2 steals per game as a senior. Two-time All-State and All-Conference player during prep career. Named All Region and was a member of the North Arkansas College All Tournament Team twice. Played in the North Central Arkansas All-Star Game and played in the Arkansas Activities Association All-Star Game. Helped team to three undefeated conference championships. Led team to three district championships, two regional championships and three state tournaments. Team finished as runner-up at the NAC Tournament and Arvest Bank Tournament. Guided team to a Omaha Border Classic Championship.

#3 Kamryn McKinney

  • Height: 5-8
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Sallisaw, Okla.
  • High School: Central HS
  • Position: Guard
  • 2017-2018: Played in all 25 games, starting in seven. Averaged 6.4 points per game. Had a career best 17 points, on 70.0% shooting, in a win against Arlington Baptist. In that same game, had a season high in three-pointers made with three. Scored in double figures six times. Had 16 points, on 7-13 shooting, six rebounds and three assists in the final game of the season against Belhaven, while also playing all 40 minutes of the game. Made a three-pointer in 13 games. Had three steals against University of Dallas.
  • Central HS: Averaged 13.2 points, 2.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 3.2 rebounds per game as a senior. Named First Team All-Conference and All-Region. Was a member of the Sequoyah County All-Tournament Team, Kiamichi All-Star Team and Fort Smith Radio Group All-Star Team. Helped team to three District Championships.

Newcomers

#12 Kerigan Bradshaw

  • Height: 5-6
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Harrison, Ark.
  • High School: Bergman HS
  • Position: Guard
  • Bergman HS: Averaged 16 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals per game as a senior. Named All-Conference and was an Arkansas Activities Association All-Star nominee. Won the Miss Panther Award. Helped team to Regional Tournament.

#24 Kelsey Dixson

  • Height: 6-0
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Hector, Ark.
  • High School: Hector HS
  • Position: Center
  • Hector HS: Named All-Conference and was a team captain. Won the Centennial Bank Rising Star Award and Senior Female Athlete of the Year. Helped team to the state championship game two years. Led team to a pair of District Championships, one Regional Championship and one Regional runner-up finish.

#32 Abby Helmke

  • Height: 5-11
  • Year: Sophomore
  • Hometown: Yellville, Ark.
  • High School: Yellville Summit HS
  • Position: Forward

#34 Taylor McFarland

  • Height: 6-0
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Summit, Ark.
  • High School: Yellville Summit HS
  • Position: Forward

#22 Shakira Neal

  • Height: 5-5
  • Year: Junior
  • Hometown: Memphis, Tenn.
  • High School: Kirby HS
  • Position: Guard
  • Kirby HS: Named the Defensive Player of the Year and won the team's Academic Award.

#42 Janna Rhinehart

  • Height: 5-5
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Danville, Ark.
  • High School: Dardanelle HS
  • Position: Guard
  • Dardanelle HS: Named All-State and All-Conference. Also served as a team captain. Won the Centennial banquet rising star award twice during her prep career. Helped team to state tournament three years. Led team to a district championship and district runner-up finish.

#31 Brittney Sain

  • Height: 5-7
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Lake City, Ark.
  • High School: Riverside HS
  • Position: Guard
  • Riverside HS: Averaged 14 points 6 rebounds, 3 assists and 5 steals per game. Named to the All-NEA Tournament team and earned All-Conference honors. Additionally named "Best Under the Sun All-Star", Gap All-Star and East and West All-Star. Helped team to the state tournament and a district championship. Led team to a NEA Tournament runner-up finish and a Regional runner-up finish.

#21 Hannah Weatherford

  • Height: 5-10
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Donaldson, Ark.
  • High School: Bismarck HS
  • Position: Guard/Forward
  • Bismarck HS: Averaged 14 points, 5.5 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals per game. Named All-Conference and helped team to a district runner-up finish.

#25 Zhajani Wright

  • Height: 5-9
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Plumerville, Ark.
  • High School: Morrilton HS
  • Position: Guard/Forward
  • Morrilton HS: Averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds, 6 blocks and 2 steals per game. Named All-Sate in 2017-2018 and All-Conference in 2016-2017 and 2017-2018.

#11 Angela Wyatt

  • Height: 5-8
  • Year: Freshman
  • Hometown: Coal Hill, Ark.
  • High School: Lamar HS
  • Position: Guard
  • Lamar HS: Averaged 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists per game. Named All-District and was an Arkansas Activities Association All-Star Game nominee. Was a Finalist in the River Valley Brightest Stars Banquet. Led team to a conference, district, and regional championship her junior year and to the 3A state semifinals her senior year.

Program History and Records

NCAA Division III

The college experience is a time of learning and growth — a chance to follow passions and develop potential. For student-athletes in Division III, all of this happens most importantly in the classroom and through earning an academic degree. The Division III experience provides for passionate participation in a competitive athletic environment, in which student-athletes push themselves to excellence and build upon their academic success with new challenges and life skills. And student-athletes are encouraged to pursue their full passions and find their potential through a comprehensive educational experience.

What We Wear

2018-19 Schedule

  • Nov. 10 at Philander Smith
  • Nov. 13 vs Hendrix
  • Nov. 15 at Rhodes
  • Nov.17 vs Fontbonne (Rhodes College Tip-Off Classic)
  • Nov. 18 vs Bluffton (Rhodes College Tip-Off Classic)
  • Nov. 27 at Hendrix
  • Dec. 1 at Texas-Tyler
  • Dec. 3 vs *McMurry
  • Dec. 5 vs *Hardin-Simmons
  • Dec. 15 at *Mary Hardin-Baylor
  • Dec. 17 at *Concordia University Texas
  • Jan. 3 vs *Howard Payne
  • Jan. 5 vs *Sul Ross State
  • Jan. 10 at *Belhaven
  • Jan. 12 at *Louisiana College
  • Jan. 15 at Dallas Christian
  • Jan. 19 vs *Texas-Dallas
  • Jan. 21 vs Texas-Tyler
  • Jan. 24 vs *LeTourneau
  • Jan. 26 vs *East Texas Baptist
  • Jan. 31 at *East Texas Baptist
  • Feb. 2 at *LeTourneau
  • Feb. 7 at *Texas-Dallas
  • Feb. 14 vs *Louisiana College
  • Feb. 16 vs *Belhaven
  • Feb. 21-23 ASC Championship Tournament

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