As we look forward to the opening weekend of the D3 Women’s Basketball season, we are pleased to announce the 2017-2018 D3 Sports News Women’s Basketball Pre-Season All American Team.
G/Abby Owings, Sr. – Thomas More
Thomas More senior Abby Owings was the Presidents’ Athletic Conference (PAC) Player of the Year last season.
Owings finished fifth in the league in scoring during her junior campaign, averaging 16.0 points per game. She also ranked third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), fourth in steals per game (2.2), and fifth in assists per game (3.4) and three-point field goals made (57). She is a two-time All-PAC First Team selection.
G/Brandi Dawson, Jr. – Trine
Brandi Dawson became the first player in Trine program history to earn Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Most Valuable Player honors during her sophomore campaign, earning All-MIAA First Team honors.
Dawson led the Thunder and ranked fifth in the MIAA in scoring, averaging 15.4 points per game last season. Dawson shot an efficient 54.5 percent from the field and ranked 25th in the nation in that category during the regular season. She added five rebounds and 1.5 steals per contest.
G-F/Mikaela Eppard, Sr. – Elmhurst
Mikaela Eppard is coming off a first-team all-region and all-conference season, and was also named one of 10 finalists for the Josten’s Trophy, given to the most outstanding student-athlete in NCAA Division III basketball.
Eppard finished the season as Elmhurst’s leader in scoring (21.0 per game) and rebounding (11.0 per game). Her .612 field goal percentage for the season established a new single-season Elmhurst record, becoming the first Bluejay in history to shoot over 60 percent for the season. Her 545 points and 219 field goals both rank fifth in school history while her 287 rebounds is the fourth-highest single season total.
F/Melissa Baptista, Sr. – Tufts
Last season, Tufts forward Melissa Baptista averaged 12.5 points, 1.4 3-pointers made, and 1.7 blocks per game to lead the Jumbos in all categories. She also averaged 4.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.9 steals per game and helped to guide the team to a 30-3 record, 9-1 in New England Small College Athletic Conference. The team made it to the NCAA Championship game for the second year in a row.
Baptista has scored at least 10 points in 45 games throughout her career at Tufts and is just 68 points away from becoming the 14th Jumbo to join the women’s basketball 1,000-point club.
C/Alexandra Leslie, Sr. – Rochester
Rochester center Alex Leslie earned First Team All-America honors from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association last season and led the Yellowjackets in points with 590 during her junior campaign. The tally marks the second highest point total for a Rochester women’s player in school history. Leslie finished 8th in the NCAA for total points and she also led the team in blocks with a total of 44 and in rebounds with a total of 261.
G/Katie Sire, Sr. – Montclair State
During her junior season, Montclair State guard Katie Sire led the Hawks in scoring and rebounding averaging 16.7 points and 8.4 rebounds per game in addition to registering 55 assists, 51 steals and 13 blocks. Sire converted at a .470 clip from the field and .733 at the foul line. She also connected 31 times from behind the arc.
Sire scored 15 or more points in a game 16 times during the 2016-17 campaign and topped 20 or more 10 times, including a career-best 30 against Rutgers-Camden in the regular-season finale on February 15. Sire also registered nine double-double performances.
G/Katie Sommer, Sr. – Wartburg
Last season’s Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference MVP, Wartburg’s Katie Sommer averaged 14.2 points per game (ppg), grabbed 5.6 rebounds per game (rpg), and provided 5.6 assists per game (apg) to lead the Knights in all three categories. Her 5.6 apg ranked 14th in Division III and first in the conference. Sommer led Wartburg in points (398), rebounds (158), assists (156), steals (47), 3PT field goal percentage (43.4), and free throws made (134).
F/Madeline Homoly, Jr. – WashU
WashU forward Madeline Homoly averaged a team high 14.4 points and 6.7 rebounds per game last season for the Bears. She exceeded 20 points eight times, including a career-high 33 points at Case Western Reserve on January 29.
Homoly also earned first-team all-Region and first-team All-University Athletic Association (UAA) honors in her first year with the Bears. She ranked fourth in the UAA in field goals made (170), fifth in field goal percentage (51.8) and fifth in total points (418).
F/Francesca Buchanan, Jr. – Hope
As a sophomore, Hope’s Francesca Buchanan was an All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First-Team selection last season. Buchanan averaged a team-best 15.5 points per game during her sophomore campaign on 56.6 percent field-goal shooting, ranking second in the MIAA. Buchanan also was second on the Flying Dutch at 5.7 rebounds per game.
C/Ashley Oldshue, Jr. – Emory
Ashley Oldshue started in all 25 Emory games during her sophomore season, leading the team and ranking fifth among University Athletic Association players in scoring with a 16.5 points-per-game average. A double-figure scorer in the squad’s last 22 games (24 on the season), she ranked as the Eagles’ top scorer in nine games and tallied 20 or more points on five occasions. A First Team All-UAA selection, Oldshue was successful on 55.4 percent (150 of 271) of her field goal attempts, good for third place on the conference ladder, 31st in the D-III ranks (through Mar. 11) and fifth on the school’s seasonal chart.