LIMA - The start of Amanda Francis' senior season mirrored the start the University of Northwestern Ohio women's basketball got off on. Both were full of potential but short on results.
The end of the regular seasons match as well, as Francis was named first team All-Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference on Sunday as the Lady Racers prepare for the first round of the WHAC playoffs.
Francis, who was a second team All-WHAC and honorable mention NAIA All-American as a junior, was held out of preseason practices as scrimmages as she recovered from offseason health concerns. In the first 10 games of the season, Francis averaged 14.1 points as the Lady Racers got off to a 2-8 start. Over the next seven games, though, she averaged 21 points as UNOH went on a seven-game winning streak and revived its season.
Francis ended the season as the leading scorer in the WHAC at 18.2 points per game. She was second in field goal shooting at 51 percent (207-of-404) and third in steals (2.46 per game). She ranked in the top-10 in 3-point shooting (35-of-101 for 35 percent) and free throw shooting (98-of-133 for 74 percent), and in the top-20 in rebounding (5.3 per game).
"Amanda has worked so hard in her basketball career and is a major part of UNOH Lady Racers basketball," UNOH coach Kyle Menchhofer said. "A large number of great players were nominated and Amanda Francis can now say she is one of the best five players in the WHAC."
The Lady Racers will host Madonna University at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in a first round WHAC tournament game. The site has yet to be announced. Check back with www.unohracers.com for updates.