NAIA RELEASE | KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Madonna University women's basketball student-athletes Michele Hayes and Becca Sabol have been named NAIA All-America Honorable Mention, the national office announced on Thursday.
After leading the Crusaders to another successful campaign, Hayes and Sabol were named two of 61 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.
It is the second time the Madonna duo has earned All-America honors. Sabol took home second team honors last season while Hayes took home the same recognition the year prior, 2014-15. Both players were also named to the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference first team while Sabol grabbed All-Defensive Team honors.
Sabol, a junior forward, earned the All-America nod after completing another highly successful season in a Madonna uniform. The Shelby Township, Mich., native, ended the 2016-17 campaign as one of three players in the WHAC to average a double-double (17.0 points and 10.3 rebounds per game) and was third in the league with 17 double-doubles this season.
Sabol finished second on the team in scoring and scored 20 or more points in 10 of 28 games played, which included seven of the final nine contests.
The Concordia University – Ann Arbor transfer tallied a career-high 30 points in the Crusaders' 102-95 senior day victory over the Cardinals. She also pulled down a career-best 16 boards in an earlier 105-97 win over Concordia in Ann Arbor on Jan. 11.
Sabol finished the season ranked inside the NAIA Division II top-50 in eight different categories that included 12th in rebounds per game, and 14th in defensive rebounds per game (6.6) and total rebounds (289).
Hayes, a guard, enjoyed a successful senior campaign where she led the team in scoring at 19.3 points per contest, the second-best mark in the WHAC. Her 145 total assists and 5.41 assists per game were both conference highs with the latter ranking fifth in the NAIA.
One of the best scorers in the NAIA, Hayes set the single-season scoring mark for Crusaders women's basketball as she poured in 43 points in an 88-81 win over Indiana Tech on Nov. 16.The Inkster, Mich., native, scored 521 total points on the season to give her 1,102 in her career, the ninth most in program history.
Hayes finished her Crusader career with her name in the record books 51 times. The 2014-15 WHAC Player of the Year ranked 10th in the NAIA in points per contest and was 11th in total assists.
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