Washington University Women's Basketball Trio Earns D3Hoops.com Honors
D3HOOPS.COM ALL-CENTRAL REGION
St. Louis, Mo., March 15, 2011 – Seniors Kathryn Berger and Alex Hoover of the No. 12 Washington University in St. Louis women’s basketball each earned 2010-11 D3Hoops.com All-Central Region honors, as announced Tuesday by the website. Additionally, Washington University head coach Nancy Fahey was tabbed as the D3Hoops.com Central Region Coach of the Year.
Berger garnered first-team all-Central region honors and is recognized an all-region selection for the first time in her career and is also the first student-athlete from Washington University to be named first-team all-region since Kelly Manning in 2006. Hoover, who was named second-team all-region, also garners D3Hoops.com accolades for the first time in her career.
Both Berger and Hoover were honored as first-team all-University Athletic Association (UAA) selections earlier this month. In their four years on the Danforth Campus the duo has helped lead Washington University to a 98-20 overall record, three-straight trips to the NCAA Division III Final Four and the 2010 national championship.
Berger leads Washington University in scoring and rebounding this season with 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and has recorded a team-high five double-doubles. The Bears’ most versatile offensive weapon, she leads the team in three-point shooting with 58 three-pointers and a .397 shooting percentage from long distance and free-throw shooting at 84.8 percent (78-fo-92). She has been recognized as the UAA Athlete of the Week five times so far this season.
Earlier this year Berger became just the 12th student-athlete in program history to eclipse 1,000-career points and she currently ranks eighth in school history with 1,105 points and sixth in rebounding with 701 boards. She is one of only three players in school history (Alia Fischer and Jaimie McFarlin) to score 1,000 points and pull down at least 700 rebounds during a career.
Hoover has been a rock at the point guard position for the Bears for four seasons and will end her career as the all-time assist leader in program history. With six assists in the 63-58 win over University of Chicago on March 12, she passed Sarah Schell for first-place in school history with 430-career assists.
This season, Hoover ranks second on the team in scoring with 9.8 ppg, first in assists with 4.4 per contest and ranks sixth in Division III with a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio. She has started in 91-consecutive games for Washington University and has appeared in all 118 games Washington University has played since her freshman season began in 2007.
Fahey, who was named the D3Hoops.com National Coach of the Year after leading the Bears to the NCAA Division III Championship in 2010, is the Central Region Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. Washington University lost its top three scorer’s from last year’s national championship team, but Fahey has the 24-5 Bears back in the Final Four for a third-straight season and the fourth time over the past five years.
In 25 years at the helm of the Washington U. women’s basketball program, Fahey has compiled an overall record of 595-105, and her .850 winning percentage ranks fourth in NCAA women’s basketball history at all three divisions. She has coached her team to 10 Final Fours and an NCAA record five national championships.
Washington University will continue its 2011 NCAA Tournament run when it faces No. 7 Illinois Wesleyan University in the national semifinals on Friday, March 18, at the Shirk Center in Bloomington, Ill., at 7 p.m.