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Jackson Wraps Up Sparkling Career with National Awards

By Josh Neuhart

Senior guard Juaneice Jackson concluded her career as the greatest Lady Lancer basketball player, garnering national awards from the NAIA and NCCAA.

Jackson, Grace’s all-time leading scorer, earned her second consecutive First Team NCCAA All-American and Second Team NAIA All-American awards at the season’s conclusion. She racked up 1,893 points in her career, including 18.5 points per game during her final two seasons.

She enjoyed Grace’s finest four-year stretch in team history, helping the team to 73 wins. The previous four-year record for Grace was 56 wins. During the 2013-14 campaign, Grace finished with its best record (12-6) and highest finish (fourth) in Crossroads League competition.

Additionally, Jackson’s 254 assists finished seventh all-time. She graduates with the program record for most field goals made and attempted in a season, most points in a season, and most 3-pointers made in a season.

Jackson became Grace’s all-time leading scorer with a jump shot at Taylor on Jan. 25, 2014, breaking Tracie Mezera’s previous mark of 1,632 points from 2000-04.

Jackson was not the only Lady Lancer to receive national attention as Allison Kauffman earned honorable mention status for All-American honors from the NAIA and NCCAA. Kauffman registered 16.8 points and 7.5 rebounds per game during her junior season. She moved into eighth place among Grace’s all-time leaders in rebounds (632) and ninth place in points (1,165).

Kauffman and Lindsey Schaefer were also named Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

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