Hatton’s Rutherford selected to UNA Hall of Fame

The 31st class of Inductees for the University of North Alabama Athletic Hall of Fame was recently announced. 

Among the inductees is former Hatton High School basketball standout Amber Rutherford. 

Rutherford is one of just 18 student-athletes in the history of the UNA athletic program to be selected all-conference four consecutive years. She was a four-time All-Gulf South Conference pick, being named second-team All-GSC in 2006 and first-team All-GSC in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

She was the GSC East Division Player of the Year in 2007, earned seven GSC Player of the Week honors and led the NCAA Division II in free throw percentage in both 2007 and 2008. She shot 93.7 percent in 2007 and 93.6 percent in 2008. After leading the nation in free throw percentage as a sophomore and junior, she finished fifth in 2009 at 91.7. 

Rutherford was UNA’s leading scorer in four straight seasons with 318 in 2005-06 (11.8), 394 in 2006-07 (15.2), 425 in 2007-08 (15.2) and 72 in 2008-09 (16.9). She also led the team in rebounding in 2006-07 with 214 for an 8.2 average and in 2008-09 with 190 for a 6.8 average. She had team’s top field goal percentage four straight years at 48.2 as a freshman, 53.5 as a sophomore, 53.7 as a junior and 58.3 as a senior and was the top free throw shooter at UNA all four years as well at 88.9, 93.7, 93.6 and 91.7. 

She finished fifth in the nation in field goal percentage in 2009 at 58.3, making 165 of 283 attempts. 

As for individual games, Rutherford scored 39 points against Harding in 2007-08 and had 33 against West Alabama in 2008-09. 

She ranks fourth in UNA career scoring history with 1,609 points and ranks second in career rebounding with 749 in 109 games. 

She shares the school record for best free throw percentage in a game at 100.0 (minimum 10 attempts) and made the most at 16, going 16-for-16 against West Georgia on Feb. 20, 2007. She also went 12-for-12 against Ouachita Baptist in 2008 and 11-for-11 against Lincoln Memorial. 

She holds the school record for best free throw percentage in a season at 93.7 in 2006-07 (134-of-143) and best career free throw percentage (91.9). She made a school record 54 straight free throws from 2008-09. 

Rutherford is a 2009 UNA graduate. She is married to Brad Joseph and they reside in Paragould, Ark., with their daughter Olivia.  

The group will be formally inducted into the UNA Athletic Hall of Fame in a ceremony at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 31 as part of UNA.

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