Four Crusaders earn NAIA-Daktronics Scholar-Athlete Honors
Basketball - Tue, Mar. 14, 2017
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MEN'S HONORS | WOMEN'S HONORS | KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Four Madonna University basketball student-athletes have been honored for their hard work in the classroom as junior Lindsey Hernden as well as seniors Kelsey Gerhardt, Michele Hayes and Austin Johnson were selected as four of 461 student-athletes in the NAIA to be named Daktronics Scholar-Athletes, the national office announced on Monday (March 13).

In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieve a junior academic status.

This is the second such honor for Gerhardt and Johnson while Hayes and Hernden received the heralded academic award for the first time.

Gerhardt (Flushing, Mich./Flushing HS), a criminal justice major, was one of five Crusaders to appear in all 28 games this season. She earned six starts, averaged 18.9 minutes and hit some critical shots this season.

Hayes (Inkster, Mich./Oakland University), a social work major, led the Crusaders in scoring at 19.3 points per contest while starting 26-of-27 games. She averaged 35.5 minutes per contest and shot nearly 42 percent from the field while totaling 146 assists. She also ended her career with 1,102 points, the ninth most in program history, while also capturing the top two single-game scoring records with 43 and 39.

Hernden (Washington, Mich./Romeo HS), a sports management major, also crossed the 1,000-point threshold this season and enters her final year eight on the all-time list with 1,126 total points. She finished the season leading the team in three-point shooting at 35.8 percent (77-of-215) while averaging 11.5 points in 30 minutes per contest.

Johnson (Spring Lake, Mich./Spring Lake HS), a Business Administration major, had a career year as he averaged 15.5 points in 31.1 minutes per contest. He also grabbed 81 rebounds, dished out 44 assists and shot 45.5 percent from the floor.

The Madonna women's basketball team finished the year 16-12 overall and 12-10 in Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference play where they earned the fifth seed in the conference tournament before falling to Lawrence Tech in the first round. The men finished the season 12-18 overall and 7-15 in the WHAC, one game out of making the tournament.

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