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1999 Women's Team of the Year

First Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. Hometown
G Kathleen Higgins Williams Sr. 5-8 Worcester, Mass.
G Kelly Morrison DePauw Sr. 5-8 Warren, Ind.
F Kristen Venne Susquehanna Sr. 5-9 Shillington, Pa.
F Joanne Polakoski King's (Pa.) Jr. 5-11 Wilkes-Barre, Pa.
C Ronda Jo Miller Gallaudet Jr. 6-2 Little Falls, Minn.

Kathleen Higgins

The three-time NESCAC Player of the Year started all 101 games in her Williams career and helped lead the Ephs to the Elite Eight round of the NCAA Tournament.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

27

422

140

342

40.9%

52

131

39.7%

90

108

83.3%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg.

TO

Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

145

5.4

78

2.9

56

8

53

2.0

804

29.8

15.6
Kelly Morrison

The SCAC Player of the Year, Morrison finished her career as DePauw's second all-time leading scorer with 1,354 points. The senior holds every DePauw three-point record and shot 45.9% from behind the arc for her career. Morrison led the nation in free-throw percentage and three-pointers per game as of the final regular season stats.

1998-99 Stats

GP

Pts.

FGM

FGA

FG%

3FG

3FGA

3FG%

FT

FTA

FT%

27

476

157

342

45.9%

84

167

50.3%

78

90

86.7%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg.

TO

Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

60

2.2

56

2.1

65

8

17

0.6

740

27.4

17.6

Kristen Venne

Venne finished the season leading the team in both scoring (21.4 ppg) and rebounding (9.4 rpg) -- ranking second in the MAC and eighth in Division III in scoring, and fifth in the conference in rebounding. She was third in the MAC and 19th in Division III field goal percentage (57.3%, 219-for-382). Her 579 points and scoring average were the second-best in a season at Susquehanna. She scored in double figures in each of her final 41 games, and 98 times in her 100 collegiate contests, while finishing second in school history in career scoring (1,929 points) and third in rebounding (894). She tied for first in MAC modern history (since 1993-94) in career scoring average (19.3 ppg), is third in both field goal percentage (54.6%) and rebounds (8.9 per game), and fourth in free-throw percentage (77.0%). Venne also won the 1999 Josten's Award (pictured).

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

27

579

219

382

57.3%

1

1

100%

140

184

76.1%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. TO Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

254

9.4

70

2.6

123

8

47

1.7

882

32.7

21.4

Joanne Polakoski

Polakoski overcame a mid-season family crisis to be named the 1999 Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom League "Most Valuable Player" after averaging 21.3 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game. She was third in scoring in the MAC; second in rebounding; and fourth in field goal percentage (57.0%). The junior power forward also became King's second all-time leading scorer with 1,339 points.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

24

512

199

349

57.0%

7

14

50.0%

104

142

73.2%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. TO Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

229

9.5

43

1.8

70

22

53

2.2

786

32.8

21.3

Ronda Jo Miller

Three-time member of the D3hoops.com Team of the Week, the 1997-98 Team of the Year first-teamer led the nation in scoring. Led team to Sweet 16 of NCAA Tournament by scoring 38 points against Atlantic region top-seeded New Jersey, which allowed only 42.9 points per game. The junior has scored 2,066 points in three seasons of play. Was third in Division III in blocked shots and fourth in rebounds as of the end of the regular season.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

30

790

337

583

57.8%

6

15

40.0%

110

161

68.3%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. TO Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

407

13.6

81

2.7

74

104

82

2.7

868

28.9

26.3


Second Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. Hometown
G Colleen McCrave Bates Sr. 5-4 Walpole, Mass.
G Marisa Hesse Austin Sr. 5-10 Levelland, Texas
F Kendra Meyer Capital So. 6-1 Mason, Ohio
F Brandy Trice Wentworth Tech So. 5-11 Leominster, Mass.
C Alia Fischer Washington U. Jr. 6-2 Rochester, Minn.

Colleen McCrave

The NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year, McCrave returns to the Team of the Year second team after becoming the all-time Division III steals leader with 579, third in all divisions. She is the all-time career steals average leader (99 games, 5.8 spg) and ended regular season second in the nation in both steals and assists per game.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

24

168

76

185

41.1%

5

24

20.8%

11

26

42.6%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg.

TO

Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

144

6.0

169

7.0

74

4

127

5.3

792

33.0

7.0
Marisa Hesse

Hesse also excels in the classroom, as she was named GTE 1st team Academic All-American. Winner of WBCA's Charles T. Stoner Award which goes to the outstanding Women's basketball player at levels of college basketball who will be attending law school. She is the school's all-time leading scorer with 1879 career points and the leader in three-pointers made with 267 and three-point percentage at 42.4% for her career (267-for-633). Hesse led the team to its third consecutive postseason appearance, as they Lady Kangaroos advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

1998-99 Stats

GP

Pts.

FGM

FGA

FG%

3FG

3FGA

3FG%

FT

FTA

FT%

27

554

192

412

46.6%

78

173

46.6%

92

111

82.9%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg.

TO

Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

102

3.8

74

2.7

74

7

35

1.3

891

33.0

20.5

Kendra Meyer

In only her second season, Meyer was named First Team All-OAC for the second time and posted the fourth-best single-season rebound total and eighth-best single-season point total in school history. Meyer was the only player to repeat on the OAC first team and averaged 19.7 points and 16 rebounds in three NCAA tournament games.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

29

458

192

340

56.5%

0

1

0.0%

74

99

74.7%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. TO Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

313

10.8

70

2.4

97

6

50

1.7

914

31.5

15.8

Brandy Trice

A two-time All-Commonwealth Coast Conference player, Trice led a young Wentworth Tech team, showing versatility including ball-handling in press-breaker situations. Trice averaged 15.7 points and 10.4 rebounds for the Leopards, shooting 52% from the floor.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

23

361

146

281

52.0%

0

0

---

69

122

56.6%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. TO Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

240

10.4

20

0.9

49

29

32

1.4

713

31.0

15.7

Alia Fischer

Another first-team GTE Academic All-American, Fischer averaged 22.8 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocked shots while shooting .583 from the field in five NCAA Tournament games. The UAA player of the year led Washington U. to the first undefeated season in school history and just the third undefeated season in D-III history.

1998-99 Stats

GP Pts. FGM FGA FG% 3FG 3FGA 3FG% FT FTA FT%

30

540

222

395

56.2%

0

0

---

96

133

72.2%

Reb. Avg. Ast. Avg. TO Blk. Stl. Avg. Min. Min./G PPG

260

8.7

30

1.0

48

67

54

1.8

842

28.1

18.0


Third Team

Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. Hometown
G Lesley Roberson Maryville (Tenn.) Sr. 5-6 Maryville, Tenn.
G Kathryn Otwell Hardin-Simmons Jr. 5-11 DeLeon, Texas
F Jayme Anderson UW-Eau Claire So. 5-10 Janesville, Wis.
F Sarah McEachron Skidmore So. 5-10 Salem, N.Y.
C Ellen Bradbury Alma Sr. 6-0 Dexter, Mich.


Honorable Mention

Pos. Name School Yr. Ht. Hometown
G Alison Grubbs Lake Forest So. 5-6 Cullom, Ill.
G Touria Ouahid Gallaudet Jr. 5-6 Stockholm, Sweden
F DeAnne Edge Anderson Sr. 5-9 Pendleton, Ind.
F Tasha Rodgers Washington U. So. 5-10 East St. Louis, Ill.
C Ann Terpstra Adrian Jr. 6-1 Grass Lake, Mich.
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