by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College’s Abby Schmidt, freshman from Newton, earned the Offensive Player of the Week in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball for Jan. 15-21, by a vote of conference sports information directors.
This was Schmidt’s 5th such award in her first season of college ball, coming off her strongest performance yet.
Sydney Ahaneku of Bethany College was named KCAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Schmidt had the monster of all weeks this season, averaging 30.5 points and 17 rebounds per game.
At Southwestern (Jan. 17), Schmidt grabbed a career-high 19 boards and dropped 28 points in a Thresher victory, while matched up against an equally imposing foe in Jordyn Miller, a senior forward.
Against No. 25 Friends (Jan. 20), Schmidt set a new career high with 33 points, only four off the Bethel single-game record.
Schmidt is ranked among the Top 50 in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division II in eight different categories, and has top marks in the KCAC with 214 rebounds and seven double-doubles.
Schmidt was named KCAC Offensive Player of the Week in the KCAC’s Week 1 of competition (ending Nov. 7), and Defensive Player of the Week for Weeks 5, 6 and 8 (Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8).
Bethel College ranks at No. 1 in College Consensus’ ranking of Kansas colleges and universities, and is the only Kansas private college listed in the Forbes.com analysis of top colleges and universities, the Washington Monthly National Universities-Liberal Arts section and the National Liberal Arts College category of U.S. News & World Report, all for 2017-18. The four-year liberal arts college is affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.
In sports, Bethel competes within the 12-school Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.