Powers Named WBCA All-American
Junior guard Aerial Powers earned her second All-America honor of the year.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State women’s basketball player Aerial Powers added to her postseason honors, earning Women’s Basketball Coaches Association honorable mention All-America accolades, announced by the WBCA at the Final Four on Saturday.
Powers becomes one of Michigan State’s most decorated women’s basketball players with four All-America honors, tying Liz Shimek who also earned four All-America honors from 2004-06. Powers’ honor is the eighth WBCA All-America accolade in program history. The current Spartan joins Kisha Kelley (1994-85), Lindsay Bowen (2004-05), Kristin Haynie (2004-05), Shimek (2004-05, 2005-06), and Kalisha Keane (2010-11), as well as Powers earning honorable mention WBCA recognition last year.
A junior guard from Detroit, Michigan, Powers is one of eight players from the Big Ten Conference on the WBCA All-America teams. Kelsey Mitchell of Ohio State was the only player on the 10-player WBCA All-America squad. Brionna Jones and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of Maryland, Katelynn Flaherty of Michigan, Rachel Banham of Minnesota, Nia Coffey of Northwestern and Ameryst Alston of Ohio State join Powers on the honorable mention team.
Powers had another record-setting season in 2015-16, becoming the MSU career scoring leader with 1,817 career points, passing Shimek’s 1,780 points from 2002-06. Powers also passed her own single-season scoring record with 697 points this season, topping her 678 points last year. Additionally, Powers is the current MSU record holder for career points per game at 18.9. Powers snared 293 rebounds this season, moving up to No. 6 on the Spartans’ single-season rebounds list. She also now has 937 boards for her career, passing Kris Emerson (1983-87) for No. 4 on the Spartans’ career rebounds list, as Emerson had 933.
This season, Powers also broke the MSU career free throws made record, now with 438. Her 161 makes from the charity stripe this season is just behind her 170 made free throws last season, giving her the top two spots on MSU’s single-season free throws made list.
Michigan State finished the 2015-16 season with a 25-9 record. Michigan State’s 25 wins are its most since the 2012-13 squad also won 25 games. In the nine years under head coach Suzy Merchant, the Spartans have won 25 or more games three times, winning 27 in 2010-11. Overall it is the fourth time in school history that MSU has won 25 games in a season, also doing so in 2004-05 when MSU won 33 games en route to the NCAA National Championship game. Michigan State made its 15th NCAA Tournament appearance overall and its 12th appearance in the last 14 years.