St. Thomas senior All-America Hannah Spaulding on Monday was announced as the women's basketball West Region Player of the Year by D3Hoops.com.
This is the fourth time in five seasons that St. Thomas has received this elite award out of 49 teams in the West Region. Jenna Dockter (2015) and Kaitlin Langer (2016, 2017) were other recent Tommie honorees.
The Annandale, Minn., native, a two-time conference Player of the Year, is expected to repeat as first-team All-America. She has led No. 2-ranked St. Thomas to the Final Four for the second time in three seasons. She has averaged 24 points and 14 boards in the last five postseason victories for the 30-1 Tommies.
St. Thomas had the program's third consecutive 20-0 sweep of MIAC foes in the regular season and playoffs. That extended the Tommies' three-plus year streak of consecutive victories against league opposition to 74 games.
The four St. Thomas seniors have 114 wins and just nine defeats (20-3 postseason), including a 30-1 mark so far in 2018-19. The 114 victories tied a record for one senior class, set last season.
Spaulding recently was announced as one of 10 finalists for the Jostens National Player of the Year award. 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.
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 second among all NCAA women's players 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: 113 games, 1,377 points, 703 rebounds, 187 blocks, 68.5% FG, 72% FT, 19 double doubles... 2017-18: Division III All-American, Conference Player of the Year... team 60-4 when she scores in double figures, 21-1 when she has a double-double.