KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Madonna University women's basketball student-athletes Lindsey Hernden and Becca Sabol have been named to NAIA All-America Teams, the national office announced Thursday (March 17). After leading the Crusaders to another successful campaign, Hernden and Sabol were named two of 56 women's basketball student-athletes across NAIA Division II to be tabbed to respective All-America Teams. All selections were made by the NAIA All-America Committee during the national tournament.
Sabol earned All-America Second Team honors while Hernden was named to the All-America Honorable Mention Team.
The national honor is the first for Hernden and Sabol and comes three weeks after the pair earned spots on the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) First Team – Sabol was also named the WHAC's Player of the Year. Hernden and Sabol follow Michele Hayes' All-America Second Team nod from a season ago. All three Crusaders will be on the active roster next year.
Sabol, a sophomore forward, earned the All-America nod after completing a highly successful first season in a Madonna uniform. The sophomore ended the 2015-16 campaign as the lone player in the WHAC to average a double-double (16.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game) and was also the only player in the league to be named NAIA Player of the Week.
Sabol put together an impressive first season in a Crusader uniform by posting a WHAC-leading 14 double-doubles while scoring 20 or more points in 10 of 28 games played.
The sophomore forward tallied a career-high 27 points in the Crusaders' 77-62 upset of No. 6 Davenport on Jan. 27 and pulled down a personal-best 15 rebounds on three occasions this season to earn her first nod on the WHAC's first team.
Sabol earned her way as one of five conference players on the league's all-defensive team by blocking a league-best 2.1 shots per game while also checking in with 1.7 steals per contest – good for seventh in the WHAC. Sabol was second in the conference in rebounds with 10.3 boards per game.
Hernden, a sophomore guard, enjoyed a successful sophomore campaign where she finished second in scoring behind Sabol with16.1 points per game. The sophomore checked in six points shy of Sabol in points with 450 and was the team leader in minutes played with 1008.
The sharp-shooting sophomore drained a program-record 95 threes while recording 20 or more points in a game 10 times this season, including a career-high 29 points at Northwestern Ohio on Dec. 9.
Hernden finished her second collegiate campaign as the WHAC's leader in three pointers made per game (3.4) and three pointers made (95) while earning top-four spots in three-point field goal percentage and points per game.
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