Beyer Selected for NAIA Women’s Basketball All-America First-Team
Published on 01 April 2022
UHSP junior and Eutectics Women’s Basketball starting point guard Grace Beyer was one of 12 student-athletes nationwide to be selected as a member of the 2021-22 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Women’s Basketball All-America First-Team.
The honor, which was announced by NAIA on March 25, makes Beyer the first woman in Eutectics history to earn NAIA All-America honors in any sport. She is also the only player representing the American Midwest Conference (AMC) on the first, second or third-teams.
“In my 12 years of collegiate coaching, Grace is the first player I’ve coached that’s been named an NAIA First-Team All-American,” said Jeff Reis, head coach for Eutectics Women’s Basketball. “She puts in the extra time on the court working on her game in order to be the best player she can be. Her individual success was one of the many reasons our women’s basketball program had its best season ever."
Beyer’s NAIA First-Team All-America honor was the latest in a flurry of national recognition she has received in recent weeks. During March, Beyer was named Academic All-America Player of the Year for women’s basketball by the College Sports Information Directors of America and AMC Player of the Year for women’s basketball. She was also selected as a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association NAIA Coaches’ All-America Team.
During the 2021-22 season, Beyer broke UHSP records with 1,019 single season points, 1,973 career points and 57 single game points. She lead the NAIA with 32.9 points per game, 358 free-throws made and 402 free-throws attempted. She scored 20 or more points in 30 of 31 games, scored 40 or more points six times, and scored a season-high 57 points in a single game. She also averaged 6.0 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game – all while maintaining a 3.94 GPA at the University.
“Grace constantly drives herself to be her best on the court and in the classroom, and we’re so proud of her and all she has achieved this season,” said Jill Harter, director of athletics, fitness and recreation. “Her success is rooted in her personal motivation and desire to excel. She is an incredible student-athlete, and it’s amazing to see her being recognized nationally for her many outstanding achievements.”
Throughout the 2021-22 season, Beyer also achieved numerous AMC and NAIA Player of the Week honors.
“All of the recognition this season definitely came as a surprise to me,” Beyer said. “I knew I was performing well on the court and in the classroom this year, but I never expected to make Eutectics history in so many ways. Being selected as an NAIA First-Team All-American was an especially amazing honor. I feel so lucky to be able to get a great education at UHSP, while also playing a sport that I love so much.”
University of Health Sciences and Pharmacy in St. Louis is continuing to expand its athletics offerings through the launch of 11 new athletics teams in eight sports for fall 2022. These new teams and expanded athletics offerings are part of our ongoing work to improve student experience at the University.