BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- St. Thomas senior center Hannah Spaulding has been selected the D3hoops.com West Region Player of the Year, the organization announced on Monday. Spaulding is also one of four Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) players to be named to All-West Region squads.
Spaulding (Sr. | Annandale, Minn.) is a two-time conference Player of the Year and Academic All-MIAC honoree. She has played in 112 games over four seasons for the Tommies, scoring 1,377 points and pulling down 703 rebounds with 187 blocked shots and 80 steals during her time at St. Thomas. The Tommies are 60-4 when she scores in double figures and 22-1 when she posts a double-double. A Division III All-America selection a season ago, Spaulding is poised to break a 26-year-old conference record for career field goal percentage this weekend and currently leads all of D-III with a shooting percentage of 70.1 for the season. Spaulding is the third Tommie in the last five seasons to win West Region Player of the Year honors, joining Jenna Dockter (2015) and Kaitlin Langer (2016, 2017).
The senior center also earned First Team All-Region honors for the second straight season, while teammate Kaia Porter was selected to the Second Team for the first time in her career. Augsburg guard Tamira McLemore became a two-time All-Region pick, landing on the Second Team in 2019 after a Third Team selection in 2017, while Saint Mary's forward Brandi Blattner joined very exclusive company after being named to the Third Team, as the Cardinals' senior became a four-time All-Region honoree.
|2019 D3hoops.com West Region Player of the Year|
|Pos.||Name||Institution||Class||Hometown | High School||Previous Selections|
|C||Hannah Spaulding||St. Thomas||Sr.||Annandale, Minn.||--|
|2019 D3hoops.com All-West Region|
|Pos.||Name||Institution||Class||Hometown | High School||Team||Previous Selections|
|C||Hannah Spaulding||St. Thomas||Sr.||Annandale, Minn.||First Team||2018 (1T)|
|G||Tamira McLemore||Augsburg||Jr.||Eagan, Minn.||Second Team||2017 (3T)|
|G||Kaia Porter||St. Thomas||So.||Roseville, Minn.||Second Team||--|
|F||Brandi Blattner||Saint Mary's||Sr.||Eyota, Minn. | Dover-Eyota||Third Team||2016 (2T) | 2017 (3T) | 2018 (1T)|