April 8, 2008

Marble named Third Team All-American

Junior scored nearly 600 points in route to national honor

DAHLONEGA, GA - North Georgia College & State University's Syretha Marble has been named to the 2008 Daktronics NCAA Division II women's basketball All-American team. Marble was one of 15 student-athletes honored by the Division II sports information directors for their efforts on the hardwood this season.

Marble becomes the first North Georgia athlete to be named an All-American at the NCAA level since the institution entered the Peach Belt Conference in 2004.

"It is truly an honor to be the first North Georgia All-American at the NCAA level," Marble said. "Coach Burson has always told us that nothing worthwhile is easy. So I got in the gym more and kept a positive attitude. I made a committment to myself and this program that I would do whatever it took to make this a better year."

Daktronics is a world leader in programmable electronic signs, electronic and digital displays and scoreboards.  The team is voted on by the Division members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Syretha Marble, a 5-9 junior forward from Canton, Ga., led the Peach Belt Conference in scoring at 20.6 points per game and pulled down 10.1 rebounds per game to average a double-double.

"It is quite an honor for Syretha to be named one of the top 15 players in the country," head coach Buffie Burson said. "She worked tremendously hard in the off-season and I'm so thrilled it has paid off for her.  Syretha is a fierce competitor and will do whatever it takes to win."

She finished 12th in Division II in scoring and 24th in rebounding while adding five 30-point performances and 17 double-doubles throughout the season. She was a two-time PBC Player of the week and will head into her senior season with 1,355 points and 683 rebounds for her career.

Marble has also been named to the PBC All-Tournament team, WBCA All-Region First-Team, and the Women's Basketball Daktronics All-Region First-Team.