ALTOONA, Pa. — Penn State Altoona women’s basketball had three of its players voted to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s All-Conference team, as the league released its postseason awards on Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Forward Avana Sayles of Venetia was selected to the second team of the All-AMCC squad, while guard Jess Burns of South Fayette and guard Sarah Huston of Coatesville both earned third team honors.
Penn State Altoona’s total of three players voted to the All-AMCC team is the women’s basketball program’s most since the 2001-02 season.
Sayles put together an impressive campaign in which she ranked among the top players in the AMCC in many different statistical categories. In the conference, she is third in field goals made (162) and defensive rebounds (166), fourth in total rebounds (236) and rebounds per game (9.4), fifth in blocks per game (0.7), sixth in total blocks (18) and offensive rebounds (70), eighth in points per game (15.3), ninth in points (382), 11th in points per 40 minutes (19.8), 13th in free throws made (49), 15th in steals per game (1.4), 16th in total steals (34), and 19th in field goal percentage (31.0). Sayles was also named the AMCC Player of the Week one time during the season.
Burns also had a strong season for the Lions, including showcasing a solid scoring ability from the outside. In the AMCC, she ranks second in three-point field goal percentage (38.8), sixth in three-pointers made (47), eighth in assists per game (2.7), 11th in field goals made (106), points (283), and assists (65), 12th in points per game (11.8) and field goal percentage (40.6), 18th in steals per game (1.3), 21st in points per 40 minutes (13.8) and steals (30), 24th in assist to turnover ratio (0.8), and 34th in free throws made (24).
Huston’s year was off to a great start before being cut short by injury 14 games into the schedule. However, despite her injury-shortened season, she still managed to rank sixth among all AMCC players in assists (79) and steals (50), 12th in free throws made (50), 17th in three-pointers made (22), 22nd in points per 40 minutes (13.4), 26th in points (166), 33rd in offensive rebounds (27), 37th in total rebounds (85), and 41st in defensive rebounds (58) and field goals made (47). Huston averaged 11.9 points per game, 6.1 rebounds per game, 5.6 assists per game, and 3.6 steals per game. She also received one AMCC Player of the Week award this season.
This is Huston’s second appearance on an AMCC All-Conference list, and she was also a third-team All-AMCC pick last season.
Penn State Altoona women’s basketball finished its season with an 11-14 overall record, including going 8-6 in the AMCC to place fourth in the conference’s regular season standings.