UAM’s Forge player of year

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. – Arkansas-Monticello senior guard Kori Forge was officially named the Great American Conference Player of the Year on Wednesday night at the GAC Championship Tournament Welcome Banquet.

Forge also earned a spot on the All-GAC First Team as the top overall vote receiver from the league’s head coaches. He becomes UAM’s first conference player of the year since Steve Green won the Gulf South Conference Western Division honor in the 2000-01 season.

Forge led the GAC in scoring for the entire season, and finished the season atop the league in total points and scoring average. This season, the Atlanta native racked up 515 points for an average of 19.8 points per game. He ranks 26th in the nation and fourth in the Central Region in scoring entering this weekend’s conference championship tournament.

He reached double-digits in scoring in 25 of 26 games this season, in addition to 13 games of at least 20 points and three games of at least 30 points, including his career high of 36 points in a win over Southwest Baptist on Dec. 17.

Forge was named GAC Player of the Week three times this season. Overall for his two year career at UAM, Forge has totaled 1,025 points for a career average of 18.3 points per game. He was an All-GAC Second Team honoree last season.

Forge and the No. 3 seed Boll Weevils open the GAC Championship Tournament against No. 6 seed Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday.

Also Wednesday, UAM women’s guard Jordan Goforth has been named the Great American Conference Freshman of the Year after leading the Cotton Blossoms in scoring, three‐pointers, free‐throws and total minutes played. She becomes UAM’s first freshman of the year honoree since joining NCAA Division II in 1995.

The Plano, Texas, native played in all 26 games this season, making 21 starts at guard. She led the team with a total of 658 minutes played and averaged 25.3 minutes per contest. She shot 45.6 percent from the field this season (120‐of‐263), 34.2 percent on three‐pointers (25‐of‐73) and 79.2 percent on free‐throws (57‐of‐72).

After tallying 322 total points in the regular season, Goforth leads the Blossoms into the GAC Tournament averaging 12.4 points per game. In addition to her scoring, she also ranks second on the team in rebounding (124, 4.8 average), while also recording 37 assists and 20 steals.

Goforth and the No. 8 seed Cotton Blossoms open the tournament today against regular season champion Arkansas Tech.