By Mason Nesbitt, TMU Sports Information Director
After a season in which she regularly found the bottom of the net, Master’s sophomore couldn’t for the life of her find something to confirm what she was hearing.
“At first I didn’t believe it because I didn’t see anything posted,” Forrar said of learning Thursday that she’d been named an NAIA Division 1 Women’s Basketball All-American, making this the sixth straight year at least one Mustang has earned the honor.
Once it sank in?
“I was pretty excited,” Forrar said. “It’s quite an honor.”
Before the season, coach Dan Waldeck told Forrar she needed to be more of a focal point in the offense. She answered the call.
Forrar led the Mustangs (19-11) in scoring with an average of 12.9 points per game, and her best nights came on TMU’s biggest nights.
In the season opener, she scored 26 points against then-No. 2 Lewis-Clark State. Two months later, she scored a career-high in an upset of then-No. 2 Vanguard University, tossing in 34 points on 8-of-11 shooting. She was 4-for-4 from three.
“Man, she was unstoppable from all over the court,” Waldeck said of the Vanguard game. “She made plays in key moments, and they weren’t easy shots. She was making shots when we needed scores, getting to the rim, hitting jumpers, hitting threes. She was unbelievable.”
Forrar said she plans to work on her conditioning and strength over the offseason in hopes of avoiding injury. She also wants to fine-tune her finishing around the basket, an aspect of her game that already sets her apart.
Forrar shot nearly 50 percent from the field and better than 41 percent from behind the arc, helping the Mustangs reach the NAIA national tournament for the sixth consecutive season and put up a fight against eventual national champion Freed-Hardeman University (Tenn.) in the first round.
Asked what it says about the program that six straight years have seen Mustangs become All-Americans, Forrar credited Waldeck.
“Coach Waldeck does a great job in recruiting girls and making sure, No. 1, they have good relationships with the Lord,” she said. “He takes his time with that kind of stuff and makes sure the girls mesh well with the team.”
Forrar is the Mustangs’ 28th NAIA All-American since 1998.
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