LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Arkansas Basketball Coaches Association named the state's most outstanding programs for the 2016-17 athletic year on June 19, and the Lyon College women's basketball team was named the women's most outstanding program among institutions at the NCAA Division III, NAIA and other college levels. In total, there were six institutions that received awards with three each on the men's and women's sides. This is the second straight year the Scots have received the award.
The Scots earn the recognition after posting a 28-6 overall record during the 2016-17 season, and finishing 21-3 in the American Midwest Conference in second place. The Scots also posted a 14-2 record inside James C. Becknell Gymnasium during the season. The Scots advanced all the way to the AMC Tournament championship, where they fell to then undefeated Freed-Hardeman 89-87 in overtime.
Lyon then continued their season by advancing to their sixth straight NAIA National Tournament, falling in the second round to Westmont College (Calif.) 65-53. Lyon finished the year ranked ninth in the NAIA Top 25 Poll.
Central Baptist College was the award recipient on the men's side among Division III, NAIA and other college institutions. The Mustangs finished 23-12 overall and 14-8 in the AMC, while winning the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Regional Tournament.
The University of Arkansas's men's team and University of Central Arkansas's women's team were the recipients at the NCAA Division I level. The Razorbacks finished 26-10 overall and 12-6 in the Southeastern Conference. Arkansas advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament where they fell to eventual national champion North Carolina. The Bears went 26-5 and 16-2 in the Southland Conference, and won the tournament championship. UCA then went on to fall to Texas in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
At the NCAA Division II level, the University of Arkansas at Monticello's men's team and Harding University's women's squad won the award. The UAM men finished 23-7 overall and 17-5 in the Great American Conference. The Harding women went 31-4 overall and 21-1 in the GAC, and won the GAC Tournament. The Lady Bison advanced to the NCAA Division II National Tournament Final Four where they lost to Ashland University. Harding went on to finish fourth in the Division II National Poll.
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