READER’S PICK: WBKB D3 Sports News Player of the Week – Week 1

Calvin’s Ali Spayde was the MIAA Player of the Week for Week 1, averaging 27.3 points per game (Calvin Athletics photo)

Now that the D3 Women’s Basketball season has opened up, we take a look at some of the weekly conference awards from around the nation in D3 Women’s Basketball for Week 1 and will let you decide, who is the D3 Sports News Women’s Basketball Player of the Week?

Poll will close at 5pm on Sunday, 11/26.

Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA)

Ali Spayde, Calvin Player of the Week

• Averaged 27.3 points while shooting 45.7 percent from the field and added 4.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in three contests

• Against #5 Thomas More Nov. 17, scored a game-high 27 points (52 percent of her team’s offense) in 70-52 setback

• Scored a career-high 34 points at Cornerstone Nov. 15

• Reached the 1,000-point plateau against Capital Nov. 18 with 21-point effort

SOURCE: MIAA Press Release

Capital Athletic Conference (CAC)

Victoria Diggs, Frostburg State – Player of the Week

Frostburg State sophomore Victoria Diggs was tabbed as the CAC Player of the Week after averaging 22.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals per contest in a 2-1 week for the Bobcats. Diggs earned MVP honors at the 15th Annual Jim Crawley Tournament, leading the Bobcats to the tournament title. In an 83-79 overtime victory over Rutgers-Camden in the championship game, Diggs notched a double-double with 21 points and 10 assists while drilling five three-pointers. Trailing by three points with time winding down in regulation, Diggs drained the game-tying three-pointer with five ticks on the clock to force overtime. For the week, she shot 49% (25-for-51) from the floor, 100% (7-for-7) from the free throw line and drained 3.3 three-pointers per contest.

SOURCE: CAC Press Release

City University of New York Athletic Conference (CUNYAC)

Christina Pasaturo, Staten Island – Player of the Week

In her team’s opening week, Pasaturo averaged 22.5 points and 8.5 rebounds
per game and shot 57.1 percent (8-of-14) from downtown. She eclipsed the
Dolphins’ all-time scoring record with a 26-point effort against New Rochelle.text

SOURCE: CUNYAC Press Release

Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC)

Anna Graaskamp, UW-Eau ClaireAthlete of the Week

Graaskamp averaged 19.0 points on 16-of-21 shooting (76.2 percent) and 6.5 rebounds in two games at the UW-Eau Claire Tip-Off Tournament. She had a career-high 26 points (10-of-13 shooting from the field) and a game-best 11 rebounds in a 71-55 win over UW-Superior on Nov. 17. Graaskamp followed up her career high by scoring 12 points in just 12 minutes of play, while adding two rebounds and three blocked shots in a 100-65 victory over University of Dubuque (Iowa) on Nov. 18.

SOURCE: WIAC Press Release

New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC)

Abby Kelly, Bowdoin – Player of the Week

Kelly was the Skidmore Invitational MVP after averaging 19.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists, and 2.5 steals in a pair of wins. Kelly scored a career-high 27 points with eight boards and four assists in a victory over St. Thomas (Minn.). For the weekend, Kelly connected on 57 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three-point range.

SOURCE: NESCAC Press Release

College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW)

Molly McGraw, Illinois WesleyanPlayer of the Week

McGraw, a senior guard from Bloomington, Illinois and Central Catholic High School (Business Administration major), helped lead the 25th-ranked Titans to a 2-0 record to open the season. She finished with 26 points on 11-of-22 shooting from the field, three assists, two steals and one block in a 96-63 win over Colorado College in the season opener on Friday. She added 10 points and five rebounds in helping lead Illinois Wesleyan to a 77-56 win at 22nd-ranked Chicago on Saturday.

SOURCE: CCIW Press Release

St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SLIAC)

Darby Massner, Iowa WesleyanPlayer of the Week

Massner, a junior guard, was the focus of the Tigers offense last week; averaging 23.5 points per game and 9.0 rebounds over two contests. Massner recorded a high of 24 points, with three assists, against Graceland and added 23 points and 10 rebounds against Coe. On the week Massner shot 53.3 percent from the field and knocked down 8-of-15 three-point attempts.

SOURCE: SLIAC Press Release

Midwest Conference

Kayla Morrissey, GrinnellPlayer of the Week

Morrissey became just the ninth player in Pioneer history to surpass 1,000 career points during last Thursday’s game against Central College. She scored 37 in the contest, giving her 1,036 for her career, and now ranks in the top 10 in program history in several career categories including points, field goals, free throws and blocked shots. Morrissey also had 29 points against Emmaus Bible College to average 33 points for the week while shooting 66 percent from the field. Additionally, she averaged 8.5 rebounds per game.

SOURCE: Midwest Conference Press Release

Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC)

Hannah Johnson, Bethel – Athlete of the Week

Junior center Hannah Johnson was sensational for Bethel last week, posting a pair of double-doubles in the team’s first two games of the year. Johnson recorded 23 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks against Carthage on Friday and followed up that performance with a 22-point, 11-rebound showing on Saturday.

American Southwest Conference (ASC)

Hannah Holt, Mary Hardin-Baylor – Athlete of the Week

University of Mary Hardin-Baylor sophomore guard Hannah Holt (Lumberton, Texas/Lumberton HS) set a Cru NCAA Division III era single-game scoring record with 35 points in a 91-73 win against Texas Lutheran. She shot 52 percent (11-for-21) from the field and went 7-for-10 at the line to go with three rebounds, five steals and an assist.



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