Castle named NAIA All-American
PIKEVILLE - University of Pikeville women's basketball senior Jamie Castle in the ninth All-American in program history after the NAIA announced her as an honorable-mention choice on Thursday.
The Salyersville native recently wrapped up a decorated career that includes being named the Mid-South Conference Freshman of the Year in 2015, a First Team All-MSC selection this season and now as an All-American nod.
Castle was also on the roster of the program's first NAIA Fab Four team in 2016, but did not appear in a game due to a preseason knee injury. The setback, which limited her to just 91 career games, makes her stats even more impressive. Castle ended her playing career with 757 points, 308 assists, 226 rebounds and 129 steals.
The recently finished season was no doubt Castle's best as she became a full-time starter for the first time and led the team in scoring. Castle averaged 13.8 points, 3.7 assists, 3.0 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game during her senior season while shooting 44 percent from the field and 34 percent behind the arc.
A Magoffin County High School graduate. Castle poured in a career-high 37 points in the Bears' win over Bethel (Tenn.) and dished out 10 assists against Blue Mountain (Miss.).
While a final redshirt season would be available, Castle - who is a three time Academic All-MSC selection and two time NAIA Scholar-Athlete - plans to forgo it to pursue a medical degree.
UPIKE finished the 2017-18 season with a 14-17 overall record and a 5-9 conference mark.