San Antonio – St. Mary’s University women’s basketball players Charlena Rodez and Natalie Gamez were named All-Heartland Conference for their play during the 2006-07 season in a vote of league coaches, it was announced by the conference office recently.
Rodez (Sr., Cedar Park) earned first team recognition for the first time in her career, after second honors each of the last two seasons. She was the Rattlers second leading scorer and second leading rebounder this season. She averaged 13.3 points per game, and reached double figures 20 times in 28 games. She topped the 20-point mark four times, including a season high of 27 points, twice. Rodez hit on 47.3 percent of her shots from the field and pulled down an average of 5.9 rebounds per game. She had three double-doubles this season, including 27 points and 12 rebounds against Southwestern University on 13-of-17 shooting from the field. Both of those totals tied her season highs.
Gamez (So., San Antonio) led the Rattlers in scoring and free throw shooting and was second in assists, despite starting just nine games this season to earn second team honors. For the season she averaged 14.7 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. She shot 38.1 percent from the field, including 34.9 percent from three-point range. She made 84.4 percent of her shots from the free throw line, good for first in the Heartland Conference and 36th nationally. She reached double figures in 22 of 28 games, including six games with 20 or more points. She scored a career high 30 points against Texas A&M University-Kingsville on 11-of-20 shooting from the field, including 5-of-8 from three-point range. She had two double-doubles this season, including 11 points and 11 rebounds, a season high against the University of Texas of the Permian Basin.
St. Mary’s ends the 2006-07 season with a 12-16 overall record. They finished fourth in the Heartland Conference standings during the regular season and fell by a 67-64 count against Montana State University-Billings in the Heartland Conference Tournament.