Editor's Note: Starting July 7 and running through the rest of the month, Tommiesports.com will highlight 25 memorable events from St. Thomas' successful 2017-18 athletics year
Shooter, Scorer, Leader
Tommie WBB's Hannah Spaulding was the back-up to the Division III National Player of the Year (senior Kaitlin Langer) as a sophomore in 2016-17. When Spaulding got her chance for starter's minutes last winter, she didn't disappoint.
The junior center was named one of 10 first-team All-Americas on the WBCA Coaches' honor team and was selected conference Player of the Year. She led Coach Ruth Sinn's team to a 27-3 finish and a another 20-0 run against MIAC opponents.
Spaulding's selction marked the fourth consecutive season the Tommies had a women's center receive All-America recognition.
The Annandale, Minn., native, also has a 3.69 grade-point average while majoring in Biology.
Spaulding led all NCAA Division III women players in field-goal proficiency (.700), and also led the conference in scoring at 19.8 ppg. She played 41 of 45 minutes and contributed 28 points and 11 rebounds -- her ninth double-double of 2017-18 -- in an NCAA playoff Sweet Sixteen-round overtime loss to East Texas Baptist. She finished her 28-game season with 555 points, 242 boards and 70 blocks while converting 73 percent at the foul line in 28 games.
In 82 career games, she has 838 points, 399 rebounds and 119 blocks. She needs 21 blocks to move into No. 2 on the Tommies' career list. Her 67 percent career field-goal clip is on pace to break Laurie Trow's 25-year-old record of 63.3 percent.
The Tommies are 58-4 overall (40-0 MIAC) in her two seasons in the top-nine rotation.
Spaulding will be traveling overseas this summer with a Division III all-star team.
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