Cedar Crest High School graduate and L-L League Basketball All-Star is in the news again. You may recall she led the Falcons to back-to-back L-L League Titles while finishing her high school career with 1, 234 points averaging 18.6 points as a senior.
Shippensburg University junior Ariel Jones was named to the 2019-20 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-Atlantic Region Women’s Basketball First Team on Thursday morning.
Jones, the 2019-20 Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Eastern Division Athlete of the Year, serves as a guard on a Raider team that posted 21 victories and reached the 2020 PSAC Women’s Basketball Championship Semifinals. It is the second consecutive season she has been named to the D2CCA All-Atlantic Region First Team.
She entered the postseason ranked third in the PSAC and ninth in the nation in scoring (22.3). Jones ranked second in the nation with 202 free throws and 247 free-throw attempts – and added 17 more makes and 18 more attempts in the PSAC Tournament.
Jones posted double figures in all but one game this season, including 18 games of 20 or more points and eight games of 30 or more points. Her 65 three-pointers, 159 rebounds and 20 blocks in 2019-20 are single-season career highs. With 670 points this season, Jones became just the third player in PSAC history to record three seasons of 600 or more points.
Sports information directors from NCAA Division II Atlantic Region schools and conferences selected the two D2CCA all-region teams. The process concludes with All-American selections announced later in the month. The Atlantic Region consists of schools from the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), the Mountain East Conference (MEC) and the PSAC along with independents Bluefield State and Salem.
The team is sponsored by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association, which encourages and promotes Division II athletics and high standards of sportsmanship as important elements of higher education. The CCA is a key communications link among the conferences as they discuss views, policies and regulations that impact Division II intercollegiate athletics and works closely with the NCAA as a communications channel to NCAA Division II member colleges and universities.