Northern New Mexico College Lady Eagles Join Association of Independent Institutions Conference, Receive NAIA Academic Honors, Named 2nd Team A.I.I. All- Conference Squad

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The Northern New Mexico College Lady Eagles, featured on Hutton Broadcasting radio stations in northern New Mexico and located at 921 Paseo De Onate, Espanola, New Mexico, which is 28 miles from state capital Santa Fe, has joined the Association of Independent Institutions Conference. The college’s women’s basketball team had two Lady Eagle team members, Estrella Padilla and Shanae Roybal, receive academic honors from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and team member Nisa Duran was named to the A.I.I. 2nd Team All-Conference squad.

Northern New Mexico College Lady Eagles Join Association of Independent Institutions Sports Conference, Receive NAIA Academic Honors, Named 2nd Team A.I.I. All-Conference Squad

“Shanae’s excellence in the classroom is a direct result of all the hard work she has put into her studies," Jost said. "Her achievement of a 4.0 G.P.A. three semesters in a row is a true testament to her drive and dedication.

The Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) sports conference, which is headed up by Commissioner Ted Breidenthal, is made up of 37 colleges and universities. The A.I.I. sports conference is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, which oversees 24 conferences in all. Joining a 24-member conference such as the A.I.I. gives the Northern New Mexico College Lady Eagles ample opportunity to schedule enough games for a full season. For the NNMC Lady Eagles, an established organization on Hutton Broadcasting radio stations, moving to the A.I.I. conference made perfect sense.

Sophomore and former Espanola Valley High School standout Nisa Duran was named to the A.I.I. 2nd Team All-Conference squad for the 2011-2012 season. Duran had another excellent season, posting some remarkable stats within her team in the A.I.I. conference and nationally. The following are her stats on all three levels: Nationally (in NAIA Division II) - 1st in steals per game 4.15; 1st in total steals 112; 16th in scoring 18.26 ppg; 21st in free throw percentage 81%; 27th in total points scoring 493; A.I.I. Conference- 1st in steals per game and total steals; 5th in scoring; 7th in free throw percentage; 9th in rebounds per game Team -1st in scoring; 1st in rebounds per game; 1st in steals; 1st in blocks.

“I am so extremely proud of Nisa and all of her accomplishments this season," said Head Coach Christina Jost. "Nisa possesses exceptional talent on the court, accompanied by an unselfish attitude and motivating work ethic that is becoming infectious with her teammates. Nisa is the type of student athlete every coach wants in their program. She has the heart and drive to continue to improve every day, is very coachable, puts her team first, and carries herself very well both on and off the court. Nisa is a very respectable young lady and I look forward to watching the many more accomplishments she will achieve her next two years.”

Northern women’s basketball student-athletes, Estrella Padilla and Shanae Roybal were both named 2012 Division II Women’s Basketball Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, the NAIA announced on March 12. Padilla is a junior from Valdez, N.M. who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing at Northern. She has made the Dean’s List every semester she has attended Northern since her freshman year, achieving above a 3.0 G.P.A in all five semesters thus far. Roybal is a junior from Santa Fe, N. M., who is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in biology. Roybal has been at Northern since the fall 2010 semester and has been named to the Dean’s List each semester, achieving a 4.0 G.P.A. all three semesters thus far. Roybal currently holds an overall G.P.A. of 4.06. Both Padilla and Roybal were sidelined with injuries this season. Padilla saw limited action due to a severe shoulder injury, while Roybal opted to take a medical red-shirt this season after suffering a concussion during a practice.

Jost stated, “I am so proud of Estrella and her achievement of the NAIA Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award. She has continued to excel in the classroom since her first day on campus, and I believe she will continue to, through graduation. Estrella represents our women’s basketball program in the upmost fashion. I am confident she will fulfill her goal of becoming a nurse and continue to be a positive and successful ambassador for Northern New Mexico College in her professional career.” Padilla currently holds an overall G.P.A. of 3.77.

“Shanae’s excellence in the classroom is a direct result of all the hard work she has put into her studies," Jost said. "Her achievement of a 4.0 G.P.A. three semesters in a row is a true testament to her drive and dedication. I am so very proud to have Shanae as a member of our women’s basketball program, as she continues to set the standards high both in the classroom and on the court. She continues to shine academically and I believe will utilize the education she receives here at Northern to further her professional career.”

The NAIA requirements for the Daktronics Scholar-Athlete award are that the student athlete must be a junior or above in academic standing and have a 3.5 or higher cumulative G.P.A.

About the Northern New Mexico College Lady Eagles
The Lady Eagles are led by Head Coach Christina Jost, who played four years at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she served as team captain from 1997-1999. Jost is also a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. The team’s assistant coach is Oliver Torres, a native of Espanola. Torres played four seasons for Espanola Valley High School when the program produced what was considered one of the top teams in the state. Torres continued his playing career at New Mexico Highlands University for one season, continuing on to play semi-professional basketball in Mexico and then in the ABA with the New Mexico Style. The Lady Eagles normally play a 24-game schedule and end their season with the A.I.I. conference tournament.

Contact: Christina Jost
Head Women's Basketball Coach
Northern New Mexico College
505-747-2286

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