Washington University’s Melissa Gilkey Selected to D3Hoops.com First-Team All-Region
St. Louis, Mo., March 13, 2013 – Washington University in St. Louis sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey was named to the 2013 D3Hoops.com All-Central Region First Team, as announced by the website.
Gilkey was joined by three seniors and a junior on the All-Central Region team. Sam Barber of the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point was named the Central Region Player of the Year, while Stephanie Kuzmamic (Carthage College), Shavon Dillon (Wisconsin Lutheran College), and Camille Marie (Cornell College) were also on the All-Central Region first team.
Gilkey, who was the 2012 D3Hoops.com Central Region Rookie of the Year, was a first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selection this season. She led the Bears with 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, while also recording 29 blocked shots, 31 steals and 28 assists. Gilkey recorded seven double-doubles and scored in double figures in 25 of 28 games. She topped the 20-point mark seven times, including a career-high 25 points in Washington U.’s 82-73 win over Southwestern College (Texas) Dec. 30.
A D3Hoops.com Preseason Honorable Mention All-American, Gilkey was the leading scorer for the Bears in 17 games in 2012-13. She was named to the D3Hoops.com Team of the Week for games played Dec. 17-30, and was the UAA Athlete of the Week Jan. 5. Through her first two collegiate seasons, Gilkey has started all 56 career games at Washington U., recording 723 points and 402 rebounds. She has 67 career blocks, which ranks ninth on Washington University’s all-time career leaderboard, and is also 10th on the career free-throw percentage list (.739).
Washington University finished the season with a 22-6 record, advancing to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Championship for the 15th time in school history. It marked the 24th-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance for the Bears.