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SOU’s Walk earns All-American honorable mention nod

ASHLAND — Sophomore forward Kami Walk received NAIA All-America honorable mention Friday after leading the Southern Oregon women’s basketball team to a Cascade Conference Tournament championship and the second-highest win total in program history.

Walk completed the 2021-22 season — which ended for the Raiders in the NAIA National Tournament Round of 32 — with averages of 15.7 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.0 blocked shots per game. Her rebounding total and 11 double-doubles were the most for any Raider in 12 years.

SOU went 29-6 overall and 18-4 in the CCC after being picked to finish fifth in the conference’s preseason coaches’ poll. In the 30 games Walk played, the Raiders were 27-3.

Earlier this month Walk was named to the All-CCC team. She is the 17th player in team history to earn All-America kudos.

The 5-foot-11 Eugene native’s breakout performance occurred on Nov. 20 against Simpson (Calif.) when she went 11-of-17 from the field and 15-of-16 at the free-throw line to score 39 points — the fourth-highest single-game total ever for a Raider — and pulled down 12 rebounds.

She went on to dominate the paint throughout the campaign, landing at No. 4 in points, No. 6 in rebounds, No. 13 in blocks and No. 1 in free-throw percentage on the CCC leaderboard. Her 86.2-percent clip at the line ranked 27th among all NAIA players, and her 162 makes ranked eighth.

Walk posted 18.3 points on 51-percent shooting during SOU’s CCC Tournament title run. In the championship game at then-No. 19-ranked Lewis-Clark State (Idaho), she recorded 20 points and nine rebounds in a 56-34 triumph.