Typically the scoring and assist leaders grab the headlines, but as everyone knows a strong defense wins games. Protecting the paint – dominating the glass and keeping the offense from getting too close to force the game outside — these are the a specialties of a select few in D3 Women’s Basketball.
We’ve sorted through the NCAA Stat Sheets and found some of the players dominating the categories that control the paint; blocks, rebounds, field goal percentage.
Look over our list and make your pick for Who owns the Paint in D3 Women’s Basketball?
(voting will close on 12/27 at 7pm central time)
Ashley Oldshue (C), Jr./Emory
61.3% – FG% (11th)
19.3 points/gm (19th)
9.7 reb/gm (T76th)
Currently ranking second in the University Athletic Association stat-sheet in both scoring and field-goal percentage, Emory’s junior All-UAA center Ashley Oldshue is averaging 19.3 points/game and converting on 61.3 percent from the field. Her 9.7 rebounds per game currently sits third in the league.
Garis Grant (F), So./Agnes Scott
6 double-doubles (T10th)
3.1 blocks/gm (10th)
11.4 reb/gm (34th)
Averaging 3.1 blocks per game Agnes Scott forward Garis Grant leads USA South and is ranking in the top-10 nationally. With her 11.4 rebounds per game ranking third, adding to that her team-leading 14.9 points per game and Grant is averaging a double-double on the season.
Kelly Williams (F), So./Randolph-Macon
19.6 reb/gm (1st)
3.88 blocks/gm (2nd)
24.5 points/gm (2nd)
7 double-doubles (T8th)
RMU’s Kelly Williams was tabbed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season after last week’s action.
Against Lawrence in the Cruzin Classic in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. the Yellow Jackets defeated the Vikings 68-52 under Williams’ lead of 22 points and 22 rebounds. She also had four blocks, a pair of steals and an assist.
Williams leads the country in rebounds per game (19.6) and is also in the Top 10 in the country for total blocks, blocks/game and double doubles. In addition to her national accolades, she was number one in the conference for all of the above categories
Hannah Spaulding (C), Jr./St. Thomas (MN)
66.7% – FG% (T1st)
3.13 blocks/gm (9th)
Earlier this month St. Thomas center Hannah Spaulding averaged 19.5 points and 11.0 rebounds in a pair of road wins that came in a 24-hour span earning the junior Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week honors.
Spaulding had 17 points, 16 boards, three assists and two steals in 27 minutes during a 24-point defeat of UW-Stevens Point, and came back the next afternoon with 22 points, six rebounds and three assists in a 20-point win at Hamline. Spaulding made 16-of-20 shots from the floor and 7-of-8 from the foul line. Her 66.7% field goal percentage is tied for tops in all of D3 Women’s Basketball.
Sasha Williams (F), Sr./Stockton
4.75 blocks/gm (1st)
11.9 reb/gm (23rd)
For the second time this season, Stockton’s Sasha Williams was tabbed the New Jersey Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week last week. Williams averaged a double-double, scoring 16.0 points per game and grabbing 16.0 rebounds per game in two contests. The three-time defending NJAC Defensive Player of the Year also blocked eight shots, pilfered five steals and led the team with 12 assists (6.0 apg).
Williams grabbed her 1,000th rebound in the game against William Paterson to become Stockton’s all-time leader in that category. She is the first player in Stockton history, male or female, with 1,000 rebounds and 1,000 points in their career. Williams leads the NJAC in rebounds (11.9 rpg) and blocks (4.8 rpg) and also ranks third in free throw percentage (.774) and sixth in assists (4.0 apg).
Mikayla Hodge (C), Sr./Lyndon State
9 double-doubles (T1st)
14.3 reb/gm (9th)
2.56 blocks/gm (T25th)
Last week’s North Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, Lyndon State’s Mikayla Hodge recorded three double-doubles and shot 10-of-11 from the free-throw line for the week.
In a win over Green Mountain she posted 20 points, 16 rebounds, four steals, four blocks, and one assist, then followed up tallying 19 points, 17 rebounds, four assists, and two blocks in a 75-61 win at Thomas. To end the week, Hodge netted 23 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, earned three blocks and claimed one assist and one steal in an 80-74 overtime win at UMaine-Farmington. For the week she averaged 20.7 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks, two assists, and 1.7 steals.text
Amy Bullimore (C), Sr./Ohio Northern
5 double-doubles (T19th)
2.78 blocks/gm (19th)
56.8% – FG% (24th)
A three-time Ohio Athletic Conference Player of the Week, Ohio Northern senior Amy Bullimore most recently earned the honor in the opening week of play this season after posting her 22nd and 23rd career double-doubles.
Bullimore currently ranks second in the OAC in scoring average with 14.9 points/game and third in rebounding with 8.9 boards per game. Her 2.8 blocks per game leads teh league by a full block-per-game.