Freeland Nominated for NCAA Division II 25th Anniversary Team
Tuesday, December 13, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. – Florida Gulf Coast University women’s basketball assistant coach LeAnn Freeland is one of 15 nominees for the women’s basketball NCAA Division II 25th Anniversary Team. The 25th Anniversary of the NCAA Division II Women's Championship will be celebrated throughout the 2005-06 championship season. The NCAA Division II Women's Basketball Championship began in 1981 and will be celebrating its 25th Anniversary at the 2006 championship. To commemorate this milestone, a 25th Anniversary Team consisting of five student-athletes and one coach will be named. A three-time WBCA/Kodak All-American at the University of Southern Indiana, Freeland was named the College Sports National Player of the Year in 1995 and was a two-time Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year (1995, 97). She finished her career as USI’s all-time leading scorer with 2,269 points and leading rebounder with 961 rebounds. In 1996-97, Freeland averaged 21.1 points per game to lead USI to a 30-2 record and the NCAA II National Championship game. A member of the GLVC Hall of Fame and a two-time Academic All-American, Freeland ranks 14th all-time in NCAA II history in career scoring and 15th all-time in field goal percentage (.612). Freeland is currently in her third season as the top assistant with the FGCU women. She also served as an assistant coach at her alma mater from 1999 to 2003. She helped lead USI to back-to-back GLVC championships as well as the 2001 NCAA II Elite Eight. Voting will conclude on January 15, 2006.