Shafir, Goodall named to Academic All-MAC Team

April 20, 2011 | News, UToday
By Brian DeBenedictis

Shafir and Goodall

Shafir and Goodall

Junior Naama Shafir and senior Melissa Goodall have been named to the 2011 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Team, the league office announced Tuesday.

Shafir becomes the sixth player in Rockets’ history to be named to the academic team on more than one occasion.

The Hoshaya, Israel, native is a business major with a 3.448 GPA who started all 37 games this season, averaging 15.3 points, 5.1 assists, 3.4 caroms and 1.3 steals in 30.8 minutes per game. The 2010-11 first-team all-league honoree finished third in the conference in assists, seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.09), 10th in scoring and 23rd in minutes played.

Shafir ranked second in Toledo annals in minutes played (1,141), tied for second in free-throws attempted (226), third in free-throws made (169), sixth in assists (188), seventh in field-goals attempted (414) and tied for 10th in points (567) in a single season.

Goodall, an exercise science major with a 3.280 GPA, started 36 games this season, averaging 12.9 points, 6.9 boards, 1.1 assists, 1.1 rejections and 0.9 steals in 30.8 minutes per game. The 2010-11 second-team all-conference honoree ranked seventh in the league in blocked shots, 11th in overall rebounding and offensive caroms (2.62 rebounds per game), 12th in field-goal percentage (45.2 percent, 183 of 405), 13th in defensive boards (4.30 rebounds per game), 16th in scoring and 24th in minutes played.

Goodall also earned a spot on the MAC’s All-Tournament Team, tallying 15.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.5 thefts per game.

The Lexington, Ohio, native ranked third in school history in minutes played (1,140), fifth in rejections (39) and ninth in field-goals attempted (405) in a single season.

The 11-member team is the result of voting by the faculty athletic representatives from a list of candidates with a minimum of sophomore status and a minimum 3.20 GPA who have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport. First-year students and junior college transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

Shafir and Goodall helped the Rockets post a 29-8 overall record and a 14-2 MAC mark. UT won an outright conference regular-season title for the first time in a decade and captured the WNIT Championship, becoming the first MAC basketball program to win a national postseason title.

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