by Joshua Booth
NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Bethel College Thresher women’s basketball players earned both Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors in Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s basketball for Feb. 5-11, by a vote of conference sports information directors.
Jade Brown, junior from Sanford, Florida, and Abby Schmidt, freshman from Newton, received those designations.
It was Brown’s second Player of the Week award, while Schmidt now has a program-record seven for the season.
In fact, Brown and Schmidt took the awards together at the beginning of the season, Schmidt on offense and Brown on defense.
In her most recent performance, Brown put together a great week of basketball, one where the 5’5" shooting guard averaged a double-double.
In a low-scoring and intense matchup with Ottawa Feb. 7, Brown still managed to hit 14 points while grabbing a career-high 13 boards, good for her first double-double in a Thresher uniform.
She followed that up with a 23/7 stat-line in a Thresher victory at York Feb. 10, while also dishing out seven assists.
Schmidt’s rim protecting took a tick upwards this week, as the four-time KCAC Defensive Player of the Week swatted away eight shots in two games. This included her six in a defensive slugfest against Ottawa.
She also had 9 points and 15 rebounds against Ottawa, following that with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals against York.
Averaging another double-double on the week, Schmidt is looking to join 2014-15 KCAC Player of the Year April Harpe and 2009-10 First-Team All-KCAC Hannah Blackburn as the only Threshers in the Dakstats era to average a seasonal double-double.
Schmidt was named KCAC Offensive Player of the Week in weeks 1 and 10 of competition (ending Nov. 7 and Jan. 23), and Defensive Player of the Week for weeks 5, 6, 8 and 11 (Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Jan. 8 and Jan. 28).
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 KCAC and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. For more information, see www.bethelks.edu.