Women’s Basketball with League-High Five Named to MVC Scholar-Athlete Teams

first_imgST. LOUIS – The Drake University women’s basketball has a league-high five student-athletes named to the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete teams and has the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Sara Rhine (Eldon, Mo.), the MVC office announced Tuesday, March 6. Rhine is just the second MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year in school history and the first since 2008. This is the first MVC Scholar-Athlete honors for Hittner and Rhine. Hittner, who owns a 3.96 cumulative grade point average in marketing, was picked MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week three times this season. She started all 30 games, ranked second in the conference in scoring at 15.7 points per game and led the MVC in three-point percentage at 44.0 percent. Hittner, who was the 2017 MVC Freshman of the Year and member of the 2017 All-MVC First Team, raised her already impressive play to another level in league play this year. She narrowly ranked second in scoring at 16.0 points per game, ranked fourth in shooting percentage at 53.5 percent and made 50.7 percent from behind the arc and shot a league-high 95.7 percent from the free throw line. Hittner is the first MVC player to post 50-50-95 shooting numbers in league play in 15 seasons. This is the second-time Dean, who owns a 3.52 GPA in actuarial science and finance and is taking class in Drake’s MBA program, has been selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team in her career after being named to the team in 2016. She missed all of the 2016-17 season due to injury, but returned to play in all 30 games this season, scored 1,000th career point and earned her first career MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week award. As of March 5, Dean is one of just four active MVC players to score 1,000 career points. She has scored eight or more points in 22 games and leads the MVC in assists per game in league play at 4.1. This is the first career MVC Scholar-Athlete honor for Bachrodt, who maintains a 3.50 GPA in finance and has started all 96 games in her career. This season, she is averaging impressive stats across the board at 10.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals per game. Bachrodt, who was selected to the preseason All-MVC First Team, leads the MVC in assists with 117 and is second in steals with 60. She is No. 9 all-time at Drake in career steals with 195. Lindsay Whorton is the only other Drake women’s basketball player to be named MVC Scholar-Athlete. Rhine, who holds a 4.00 GPA in elementary education, was named MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week a league-high five times this season and last week was tabbed to the CoSIDA All-District team. She played in 28 games, averaged 15.6 points per game (4th in MVC) and 6.0 rebounds per game (9th in MVC) and shot a league-high 58.4 percent from the floor. Rhine, who played in just eight games in 2016-17 due to injury after being named the 2016 MVC Freshman and Sixth Player of the Year, tied Hittner for most 20-plus point games with six this season. She is already one of the most accurate shooters in program history with a 59.1 percent clip, which ranks third all-time. Rhine needs just 30 more points to reach the 1,000-career point mark.center_img Becca Hittner (Urbandale, Iowa) and Rhine were each selected to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team while Maddy Dean (Jordan, Minn.) was voted to the MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team. Rounding out the group is Sammie Bachrodt (Wichita, Kan.) and Becca Jonas (Independence, Mo.) who each garnered MVC Scholar-Athlete Honorable Mention accolades. This is the second-straight season Jonas has earned MVC Scholar-Athlete honors after she was a member of the 2017 MVC Scholar-Athlete Second Team. She holds a 3.93 GPA in digital media production and is a two-time MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week winner. Jonas played in 28 games, averaged 6.6 points and 5.2 rebounds per game and shot a conference-best 67.9 percent from the field in MVC action. Drake is the top seed at this week’s MVC Tournament at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline, Ill. The Bulldogs will play either No. 8 Valparaiso or No. 9 Loyola on Friday at 12 p.m. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more