St. Thomas senior All-America Hannah Spaulding on Friday was announced as one of 10 finalists for the Jostens Natioanl Player of the Year award for women's basketball. The Jostens Trophy is awarded to the outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball players who excel on the court, in the classroom, and in the community.
The Annandale, Minn., native, a two-time conference Player of the Year, has 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.