Payonk, Roman Named to All-American Teams

Payonk, Roman Named to All-American Teams
Sarah Payonk Alexix Roman


Junior forward Sarah Payonk (Schwenksville, Pa./Spring Ford) was named to the Second Team, while fellow junior forward Alexix Roman (Hawley, Pa./Wallenpaupack) is a Third Team selection to the 2015-16 Women's Basketball All-American Team, which was announced on Wednesday.

For Payonk, it's another honor for her during this end of the year award season, as she was named an Honorable Mention selection on the WBCA All-American Team last week and to the Women's DIII News All-American First Team yesterday.

The Landmark Conference and Mid-Atlantic Region Player of the Year, Payonk was also a First Team selection to both the All-Landmark Conference and All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams, as well.

Payonk ended the season with averaging 12.3 points per game, scoring in double figures in 23 of the 31 games Scranton played in on the year.

Throughout the course of the year, Payonk posted two triple-doubles, had 12 double-doubles, and was one of the best passers of the ball in the entire country, ending the season ranked fifth in all of Division III in total assists (178).

Fellow forward Roman turned in a banner season for Scranton, leading the team in scoring with 18.6 points per contest, scoring in double-figures in all but two games on the year for the Lady Royals. Recording 11 double-doubles, Roman ends the season third in all of NCAA Division III in field goal percentage (66 percent) and sixth in field goals made (235).

For her efforts, Roman was also a First Team selection to both the All-Landmark and All-Mid-Atlantic Region Teams, as well as a Fifth Team All-American on the DIII News All-American list.

Overall, the duo took the Scranton program to heights not seen in program history with their 30-0 start to the season. They also led the Lady Royals to their first 30-win season since he 1992-93 campaign and to their first appearance in the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament since the 2007-08 season.

To view the full 2016 women's All-Americans, click here.