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2000 Women's Team of the Year

Gallaudet center Ronda Jo Miller returns and becomes the only three-time Team of the Year first-teamer, joining King’s forward Joanne Polakoski as returning first teamers. They are joined by Washington University’s Alia Fischer, Scranton’s Kelly Halpin and Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s Jayme Anderson on the D3hoops.com Team of the Year, announced March 16, 2000.

First Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Kelly Halpin

Scranton

Sr.

Newtown Square, Pa.

G

Jayme Anderson

UW-Eau Claire

Jr.

Janesville, Wis.

F

Joanne Polakoski

King's

Sr.

Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

C

Ronda Jo Miller

Gallaudet

Sr.

Little Falls, Minn.

C

Alia Fischer

Washington U.

Sr.

Rochester, Minn.

Kelly Halpin
The four-year starter is the second all-time leading scorer in Lady Royals history with 1,830 points and the all-time leader in assists with 497. Halpin is a four-time first-team all-Middle Atlantic Conference member. She has led Scranton to a four-year record of 103-18, including three NCAA Final Four berths and leads Scranton in the following statistical categories: scoring (14.8), assists (4.8), field goal percentage (.460) and free throw percentage (.795). Halpin has scored in double figures in 27 of 29 games this year, including her last 11 games.

Jayme Anderson
The 5-10 junior set a school scoring record for the third year in a row. As a freshman at Beloit College, she scored 441 to set the school's scoring record. Last year, as a sophomore, she broke the UWEC single season mark with 565 points. This year, she broke her own record and currently has 607 points. In 56 Blugold career games, she has 1,172 points to rank ninth on the all-time scoring list. With 426 rebounds, she already ranks 15th on that list and with 100 assists, she ranks 22nd on that list. She tied the school single-game scoring mark with 35 against UW-Whitewater. Anderson was a third-teamer in 1998 and 1999.

Joanne Polakoski
The senior led King's to its first-ever NCAA tourney berth and the Sweet Sixteen, averaging 21.1 points and 11.1 rebounds per game, while posting career season-highs of 46 assists, 31 blocks, and 58 steals. She was named Freedom League Player of the Week eight of 12 weeks this season. Polakoski graduates as King's second all-time leading scorer with 1,971 points while holding school record for field goal percentage at 56.3 (792-for-1406). Her 632 points are second-highest single-season total in school history. Polakoski was a 1999 Team of the Year first-teamer.

Ronda Jo Miller
The senior is the only player to have been named First Team on all three D3hoops.com Teams of the Year, in 1998, 1999 and 2000. Miller finished her career with 2,656 points, 1,545 rebounds, 373 blocks and 337 steals. She also holds Gallaudet records for points in a game (47) and season (790), rebounds in a game (27) and season (407), blocks in a game (nine) and season (121) and field goals in a game (19), season (337) and career (1,090). Miller averaged 22.7 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.3 steals and 2.5 blocked shots per game.

Alia Fischer
Fischer became Washington U.’s all-time leader in points, rebounds and blocks earlier this year. She currently ranks third all-time at WU in career steals (185), first in career field-goal percentage (.578) and third in career free throw percentage (.759). The senior needs just 50 points to eclipse the 2,000 career point plateau and currently leads the team in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots and field goal percentage.


Second Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Lauren Turnbow

Hendrix

Sr.

Walnut Ridge, Ark.

G

Alison Grubbs

Lake Forest

Jr.

Cullom, Ill.

F

Keri Canning

Mount Union

Jr.

Barberton, Ohio

F

Marissa Garrity

Clark

Sr.

Clinton, Mass.

C

Laura Wendorff

St. Benedict

Sr.

Fulda, Minn.

Lauren Turnbow
The two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference MVP, Turnbow holds conference records in points (1,762), assists (445), and free throws made (436). The senior was second all time in conference in steals (269) and three-pointers (201). She averaged 15.6 points and 4.9 assists.

Alison Grubbs
The two-time Midwest Conference MVP led the conference in scoring and free throw percentage while ranking second for three-point field goal percentage and fourth for assists. She scored in double figures every game this season and recorded at least three steals on 17 occasions. Grubbs was honorable mention Team of the Year in 1999.

Keri Canning
Canning, the Ohio Athletic Conference MVP, averaged 21.8 points and 9.9 rebounds to finish first and second, respectively. The junior shot 52.5% from the floor and 46.3% from three-point range on the season.

Marissa Garrity
The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletic Conference MVP, Garrity averaged 20.5 points and 6.3 rebounds for the conference champions. The senior shot 30% from three-point range and 76% from the foul line. Her 1,580 points rank fourth all-time at Clark.

Laura Wendorff
The all-time leading scorer and rebounder in St. Benedict history, Wendorff was named All-MIAC and to the conference’s All-Defensive team. The senior averaged 17.6 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Wendorff was an honorable mention Team of the Year pick in 1998.


Third Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Kathryn Otwell

Hardin-Simmons

Sr.

De Leon, Texas

G

Rose Scott

Bethany (W.Va.)

Sr.

Struthers, Ohio

F

Molly Hayden

St. Thomas

Sr.

Eden Prairie, Minn.

F

Tasha Rodgers

Washington U.

Jr.

East St. Louis, Ill.

C

Vanessa Reider

UW-Whitewater

Sr.

Milwaukee, Wis.


Fourth Team

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Heidi Burkhart

Rockford

So.

Rockford, Ill.

G

Heather Meranda

Wilmington

Jr.

Georgetown, Ohio

F

Emily Tonn

Simpson

Sr.

Sioux City, Iowa

F

Gretchen MacColl

Trinity (Conn.)

Sr.

Portland, Ore.

C

Jen Feneli

Brockport State

Sr.

Fairport, N.Y.


Honorable Mention

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

G

Julie Plant

Southern Maine

Sr.

Gorham, Maine

G

Jill VanGuilder

Shenandoah

Sr.

Suffolk, Va.

F

Kendra Meyer

Capital

Jr.

Mason, Ohio

F

Jennifer Bulkeley

Sewanee

Sr.

Galesburg, Ill.

C

Kate Smith

Cortland State

Jr.

Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

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