St. Thomas senior All-America Hannah Spaulding on Wednesday was announced as the repeat recipient of the MIAC Player of the Year award for women's basketball. This marks the fifth year in a row a Tommie players has received the league's top honor.
The Annandale, Minn., native is just the fourth repeat honoree in the award's 30-year history joining Concordia's Mandy Pearson, and St. Thomas' Missy Pederson and Kaitlin Langer.
Spaulding joined senior teammate Kaylie Brazil on this year's five-player MIAC All-Defensive Team. She also joined sophomore Kaia Porter and senior Lucia Renikoff on the All-MIAC first team. Brazil made honorable mention.
Spaulding led St. Thomas to the program's third consecutive 20-0 sweep of MIAC foes in the regular season and playoffs. That extends the Tommies' three-plus year streak of victories against league opposition to 74 games. The St. Thomas seniors have 110 wins and just nine defeats, including a 26-1 mark so far this season and a 16-3 postseason record.
No. 3-ranked St. Thomas faces Ripon Friday (8 p.m.) at Schoenecker Arena to open NCAA tournament play.
Biology major... 2X Academic All-MIAC, multiple Dean's Lists, on national ballot for 2018-19 CoSIDA Academic All-America consideration... repeated as first-team All-MIAC and conference Player of the Year... ranks among NCAA women's leaders in field-goal percentage at 70 percent; on career, shoots 68/5 percent, will break Laurie Trow's 26-year-old conference career FG% mark of 63 percent... Career: 109 games, 1,283 points, 648 rebounds, 178 blocks, 68.5% FG, 72% FT, 19 double doubles... 2017-18: Division III All-American, Conference Player of the Year... team 56-4 when she scores in double figures, 18-1 when she has a double-double.
Accounting major... 2X Academic All-MIAC, multiple Dean's Lists... repeated as first-team All-MIAC... Career: 115 games, 1,124 points, 196 3-point baskets, 301 rebounds, 240 assists, 113 steals, 41 percent 3-point range, 81 percent free-throw... Team 110-9 in her four-year era... Team 55-4 in games on her career when she scores in double figures...
Marketing Management major... 2X Academic All-MIAC, multiple Dean's Lists... Career: 114 games, 601 points (83 3-pointers), 273 rebounds, 209 assists, 111 steals, 77% FT, 38% 3FG... started last 57 games, with 2-to-1 assist/turnover ratio at point guard... single-game bests of 20 points and seven assists... Team 110-9 in her four-year era.
Biology major... multiple Dean's Lists will make Academic All-MIAC in 2018-19... converts at 48 percent of 3-point shots and 82 percent at foul line... Career: in 56 games has 552 points, 230 rebounds and 119 assists... team 53-4 in her two seasons.