KANSAS CITY, Mo. (March 3, 2020) – Central Missouri Jennies Basketball went 18-1 during the 2019-20 conference season and claimed their second MIAA regular season championship in three years. As a result, UCM put three members on the All-MIAA team and had three individual awards as well.
The duo of Megan Skaggs and Morgan Fleming made the All-MIAA First Team and junior Nija Collier made the Second Team. Skaggs also was selected as the conference’s Player of the Year and Collier as the co-Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, head coach Dave Slifer was chosen as the league’s Coach of the Year.
This is the second straight season UCM has put two on the First Team and the eighth time in team history. Prior to last season, the last time Central Missouri had two on the First Team was in 1992.
Megan Skaggs becomes the 11th MIAA Player of the Year in team history. She led the Jennies scoring 17 points per game while shooting 53% from the floor, 38% from three and 81% at the free throw line. Skaggs was a force all over the court also grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game, and averaging 2.0 steals, 1.9 assists and 0.8 blocks per game. Skaggs is the only player in the MIAA this season in the top-20 in points, field goal percentage, rebounds, blocks and steals. Earlier this season, Skaggs set a new UCM and MIAA record scoring 50 points in a Jennies win against Evangel. This is Skaggs’ fourth All-MIAA award of her career. She is just the fifth four-time All-MIAA selection in team history and the first since 1991. Skaggs is the second MIAA Player of the Year in the last two years and the third under coach Slifer joining Keuna Flax in 2014 and Paige Redmond in 2018. She has twice been an MIAA Player of the Week award winner this season.
This is the second straight season Morgan Fleming has made the All-MIAA First Team. She becomes the 10th Jennie to ever make multiple All-MIAA First Teams. This is also the third All-MIAA award for Fleming in her career. Fleming is the only player in the top-six in the MIAA in points and assists, scoring 15.7 points per game and passing out 3.9 assists. Fleming is also among the league leaders shooting 48% from the floor and 78% from the free throw line. Defensively, Fleming is coming down with 5.5 rebounds per game and 1.2 steals. Twice this season she has been named an MIAA Player of the Week. Earlier this season, she became the first player at UCM since the year 2000 with 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 250 assists in a career.
In her first year with the Jennies, junior Nija Collier has transformed the Jennies defense and has been rewarded as the co-Defensive Player of the Year. She is just the second MIAA Defensive Player of the Year in team history. Collier is leading the league with 9.5 rebounds per game and is second with 54 blocks, 1.9 per game. Those number have increased during conference play to 10.4 blocks per game and a league-best 35 blocks, 1.6 per game. Her 54 blocks on the season are already fourth for a single-season in UCM history. Collier has also been productive on offense scoring 13.2 points per game and shooting 47% from the floor and 70% at the free throw line. She has recorded 10 double-doubles this season.
For Slifer, this is his fifth career MIAA Coach of the Year award and his second with the Jennies. Slifer was the MIAA Coach of the Year in 2018 as well, giving him two in the last three seasons. Slifer also earned three during his time at Missouri Western State. Slifer led the Jennies to an 18-1 conference mark and their 12th MIAA regular season championship. The 18 conference wins match a program high and it’s just the fourth time in league history a team has won 18 games in a 19-game regular season. The Jennies were the only team in the league to be in the top-five in both scoring offense and scoring defense during league games. The Jens averaged 71.9 points per game and allowed a league-low 56.4 points per game.