Beyer Makes UHSP History as NAIA All-American
Published on 08 April 2021
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) recently announced that Eutectic starting point guard Grace Beyer has received 2020-21 NAIA All-American recognition with an Honorable Mention for women's basketball.
Beyer is the first Eutectic Women's Basketball player in the history of the program to receive All-American recognition and is one of only three American Midwest Conference (AMC) women's basketball players to be recognized for the 2020-21 season.
“It's an honor to be the first female athlete to be recognized as an All-American at UHSP,” said Beyer. “I would not be where I am today without my coaches and teammates putting me in a position to succeed.”
Beyer became the first Eutectic Women's Basketball player to earn first-team, all-conference honors and made history as one of four Eutectic student-athletes ever to receive All-American honors in the University's 28-year membership in the NAIA.
“Grace's basketball accomplishments speak for themselves and she certainly deserves this national recognition,” said Jill Harter, director of athletics, fitness and recreation. “I'm thrilled she is our first female NAIA All-American because she embodies the best of a Eutectic – working tirelessly on the court and in the classroom. She excels at both and we couldn't be more proud of her.”
Beyer finished the 2020-21 season with the highest points per game average in the nation at 28.667 – more than five points per game than the second-ranked player. She ranked sixth in the NAIA for total points (516) and free-throw percentage (90.5%), 14th in three-point field goal percentage (44.9%), and 28th in three-point field goals made per game (2.667).
“In my eight years of coaching in the NAIA, Grace is one of the best players I have coached or coached against,” said Jeff Reis, interim head women’s basketball coach. “Her work ethic is one of the main reasons she experienced so much success this year. Not only did Grace have great individual success setting individual UHSP records, but she helped the team record numerous milestones.”
Beyer led the Eutectic team to the program's best season in history, with the team winning 11 games, including six conference victories. The team finished the season ranked seventh in the AMC, winning the program's first-ever conference tournament game to advance to the quarterfinals.
During the 2020-21 season, Beyer broke or tied eight Eutectic records including single game records for points (40), field goals made (14), free throws made (17), and free throws attempted (18), and single season records for three-point percentage (44.9%), free-throw percentage (90.5%), points per game (28.67), and total points (516).
After just two seasons of competition, Beyer is currently 46 points away from 1,000 career points as a Eutectic.
“At UHSP, I am grateful that I can work toward my doctorate while also playing the sport I love,” she added. “It’s a unique experience that not many other schools can rival. I can’t wait to see what my team can accomplish on the court next season and in the future as health care professionals.”
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is home to 16 NAIA teams including men's and women's basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and field, volleyball, women's softball and co-ed Esports.