Payne earns 2013 NAIA-America honors

Junior guard named to honorable mention team

  • Thursday, March 21, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For the first time since the 2008-09 season, and for just the second time at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Div. I level, a member of the Raven women's basketball team earned All-America honors.

Junior guard Justice Payne (Stillwater, Okla.) was named honorable mention NAIA All-America on Tuesday when the postseason list was released.

 

"It is quite an honor for Justice to be named an honorable mention All-American in her first year at Benedictine College," said Raven head coach Chad Folsom. "She had a great year for us leading the team in scoring and setting the Lady Raven single-season record for made three pointers in a season with 91. I am very happy for her."

Payne led the Ravens in scoring this season with a 12.5 ppg average and was among the NAIA leaders in 3-point shooting with 91 3-pointers and an average of 2.7 3-pointers per game. Her 91 3-pointers ranked her fourth this season while her 3-point makes average ranked her seventh. Her 35.0 percent effort from beyond the arc also had her nationally-ranked.

In her first season with the Ravens, Payne also rewrote the Benedictine women's basketball record books.

She broke an 11-year old record with her 91 3-pointers this season. The previous record of 86 3-pointers in a single-season was set by former Raven Sarah Brown during the 2001-02 season.

Heading into next season, Payne is already ranked 13th on the Ravens all-time 3-point list and needs just 20 3-pointers next season to break into the top 10.

Payne also made 6 3-pointers twice this season, which moves her into a tie for seventh in single-game 3-pointers with former Raven Kaela Stratman, who made 6 3-pointers against Milligan College on Dec. 18, 2008.