San Antonio – St. Mary’s University women’s basketball player Natalie Gamez capped off her career by receiving 2009 NCAA Division II State Farm/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American honors.
The native of San Antonio received honorable mention honors after leading the Rattlers with 16.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 three-pointers per game this season. She scored in double figures in 23 of 28 games, including 11 games with 20 or more points. She scored a career-high 31 points against Southwest Baptist University on Nov. 29 of this season. In her final game as a Rattler she scored 16 points, pulled down eight rebounds, dished out six assists and made four steals at the NCAA South Central Region Tournament against Emporia State University.
She was also named first team All-South Central Region by the WBCA and second team All-South Central Region by Daktronics. She was a first team All-Heartland Conference selection for the second straight year.
In her career, Gamez scored 1,484 points, the third most in school history, in a total of 112 games. She is the Rattlers all-time leader in three-pointers made with 173 and free throws made with 389. She shot 84.0 percent from the free throw line in her career, which ranks second all-time.
Gamez is just the seventh Rattler women’s basketball player to earn All-American honors and the second to be named All-American since St. Mary’s moved to NCAA Division II in 2000. Erin Griffin was the last Rattler to be named All-American, earning the honor in both 2001-2002 and 2002-2003.
Gamez helped lead St. Mary’s to a 24-6 record this season and their second straight trip to the NCAA South Central Region Tournament. The Rattlers also won their second straight Heartland Conference Championship and posted a 49-11 record over the last two years – the best two-year record in school history.