Ferrum, Va. – Marymount University junior guard Katelyn Fischer added another accolade to her stellar résumé after being named the Virginia Sports Information Directors Women’s Basketball College Division Player of the Year, as announced on Wednesday. She is the first Saints player to earn the top honor in the program’s illustrious history.
Fischer was previously tabbed Honorable Mention All-America by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year, D3Hoops.com All-Region and First Team All-CAC by the league’s coaches. Dominant in every aspect on the floor for the Blue and White, Fischer averaged 17.7 points, 6.6 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 2.4 steals per game while ranking in the top-10 of eight different statistical categories.
Leading the CAC in scoring, three-point shooting and minutes played while ranking second in assists and free throw shooting, Fischer was also seventh in steals and 10th in rebounding. On the national stage, she ranked seventh in assists in NCAA Division III, 14th in three-point percentage, 25th in free throw percentage and 48th nationally in scoring.
Fischer scored in double-figures 23 times on the year and at least 20 points in 10 games, including a career-high 31 against Catholic. She posted seven double-doubles, four of them combining rebounds and points with the others combining assists and points.
Also stellar in the classroom, Fischer was named Capital One First Team Academic All-District®, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) after posting an impressive 3.96 GPA. She was also tabbed CAC All-Academic and VaSID Academic All-State.
Marymount went 14-13 overall in 2011-12 and 10-6 in league play. The Saints recorded their 14th-straight winning season and 28th overall in 30 years on the hardwood while earning a 13th-straight CAC semifinals appearance and 20th overall, both league records.
VaSID was formed in 1983, and is comprised of sports information professionals from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA and independent institutions from the state of Virginia. The purpose of the organization is to promote college athletics at all four-year institutions.Major Award WinnersPlayer of the Year: Katelyn Fischer, Marymount
Coach of the Year: Deena Applebury, Mary Washington
Rookie of the Year: Sarah Seipp, Virginia WesleyanFirst TeamKatelyn Fischer, Marymount
Katie Wimmer, Mary Washington
Tesla Akers, Ferrum
Jenna McRae, Mary Washington
Jessica Mullen, BridgewaterSecond Team
Kristen Keith, Ferrum
Bianca Ygarza, Eastern Mennonite
Nicole Baker, Southern Virginia
Rebecca Bolton, Washington & Lee
Taylor Wieczorek, Randolph-Macon