The Oglethorpe women's basketball team saw two more accolades roll in Thursday for their outstanding season. The Stormy Petrels saw junior guard Taylor Smith named a Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-America honorable mention and head coach Alex Richey named a finalist for the organization's national coach of the year award.
Smith proved to be one of the SAA's breakout stars prior to sustaining a season-ending injury during the final game of the regular season. She finished the season in the top 150 in offensive rebounding in Division III, posting 3.1 per game. She also finished in the top 200 in field goal percentage, tallying a 42.9 percent success rate. Those numbers put her second and sixth in the conference, respectively. In addition, Smith averaged 13.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. She earned All-SAA second-team honors earlier in March for her efforts.
Richey garnered his second coaching award of the week and his third for his work this season after taking South Region Coach of the Year honors from D3hoops.com and SAA Coach of the Year accolades from his fellow coaches within the conference. He directed his team to the second SAA tournament and regular season championships of his tenure, and the third of each in program history. They advanced to the sectional round of the NCAA Division III Women's Basketball Championship for the third time in program history and the first time in the Richey era, defeating Randolph-Macon 71-63 in the tournament's second round. That victory turned out to be the final game of the season for the Petrels. Richey also led his squad to a 29-1 overall record, accruing the most wins and best winning percentage of any team in program history, and wins in each of their final 27 games. They went undefeated in a total of 17 regular-and-post-season games against SAA opponents.