Another year, another All-American nod for SOU forward Speer

Southern Oregon University women's basketball player Jacki Speer was named an NAIA All-American on Tuesday, a fitting conclusion to one of the best four-year runs in school history.

The senior forward was a second-team selection, marking the third time in SOU history a player has been named All-American in multiple years — Melissa Bogh did it in '95, '96 and '97, and Nada Janackovic in '98 and '99.

Speer was a third-team All-American as a junior.

The All-American honor caps a season in which Speer was named the Cascade Conference's Player of the Year.

Speer led the conference in scoring (20.6) and rebounding (13.8) and also ranked second in the nation in rebounding and was fifth in scoring. She also ranked in the top 20 in blocks.

Speer's career will go down as one of the most impressive in school history. She broke six career or season records. Those records include career rebounds (1,358), season rebounds (428), free throws made in a career (612), free throws made in a season (238), free throw attempts in a career (841) and free throw attempts in a season (329).

She also set single-game records for rebounds (28) and free throws attempted (21).

Speer also finished in the top five on numerous other lists and just missed breaking the career scoring record. Speer finished with 1,864 points, just one point shy of Melissa Bogh's 1,865 points.

For her career, Speer averaged 15.1 points and 11 rebounds and was named all-conference three times and took home freshman of the year honors following her first season with the Raiders.

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