CHICKASHA – Despite a rough season for Drover basketball, both teams have players named All-Sooner Athletic Conference, which was released this week.

Senior Aita Gueye was named All-Conference Third Team and Drover women Maggie Oliver and Victoria Russell were named Academic All-Conference. As for the men, senior Thomas Peters was named All-Conference Third Team and senior Sahlih Butts was named All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Aita Gueye
In her senior year, Aita Gueye was honored with an All-Conference selection.

“Aita didn’t start basketball until she was in high school, so for her to have accomplished that, it’s a big deal,” Coach Laci Tompkins said. “To come to a college and be able to do that in the top conference the country — that’s pretty huge.”

The 5-foot-8 guard led the conference in total steals with 81 on the season. Additionally, she racked up a total of 449 total points, which is an average of 15 points per game.

Starting in every game this season, Gueye led the Drovers in rebounds as well as points. She had 169 rebounds on the season.

Early in the season, Gueye was named SAC Player of the Week.

Gueye, from Dakar, Senegal, is a business senior at USAO. She is the daughter of Massaer Gueye and Deguene Diagne.

Maggie Oliver
Maggie Oliver, a speech pathology senior, was recognized for her skills both in the classroom and on the court with an Academic All-SAC honor.

This season — her first at USAO — Oliver scored 119 points, including 78 from beyond the arc. She also had 28 assists on the season.

Despite tough practice and game schedules, Oliver has maintained a 3.60 GPA at the university.

She is from Elgin. She is the daughter of Dale and Renell Oliver.

Victoria Russell
Also named Academic All-SAC was junior Victoria Russell. On the court, Russell comes in third in the conference and No. 21 in the division in total blocks with 46.

Additionally, she scored 75 total points and grabbed 78 rebounds on the season.

She is an elementary education junior at USAO and the daughter of Norm and Jackie Russell, of Hobart. She maintains a 3.28 GPA.

“We’re always proud of them. They represent the university well,” Tompkins said. “We want people that set the standard high.”

Thomas Peters
As for the Drover men, senior Thomas Peters was named All-SAC Third Team after having a strong season for the Drovers.

“I’m really proud for Thomas because he’s been here for two years, and we’ve had a tough two years,” Coach Brisco McPherson said. “He’s improved a lot, and he’s a quality kid.”

For the season, Peters led the team in total points, giving the Drovers 469 total points on the season. He’s second on the team, fourth in the conference and 21st in the division in total three-pointers made after knocking 75 in.

Additionally, he had 70 rebounds and 52 assists for the Drovers in the 2010-11 season.

Peters is a physical education senior. He is the son of Thomas and Anndra Peters of Dallas.

Sahlih Butts
In just his first season in the Sooner Athletic Conference, Sahlih Butts was named All-SAC Honorable Mention.

Butts ended the regular season leading the team and coming in second in the conference in three-pointers made (79) and in double doubles for the season with 13. He’s also third in the SAC in total rebounds (244).

Additionally, he comes in 13th in the division in total three-pointers made and 19th in total rebounds per game (8.7).

He scored a total of 417 points, had 53 assists and 32 steals this season.

Early in the season, Butts was named SAC Player of the Week.

Butts is a physical education senior from Broken Arrow. He is the son of Brenda Moftise.

“I’m proud of both of them. We hate that they’re leaving,” McPherson said. “They’re such good guys and they turned out to be pretty good players.”

Published: March 2, 2011