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Bethel’s Blackburn named to All-America Team

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – Hannah Blackburn, senior from Kingman, became the first Bethel women’s basketball player in more than a decade to make All-American.

The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced the 2010 Division II Women's Basketball All-America teams March 15. Blackburn received Honorable Mention All-America honors. Lisa Schmidt Graber was the last Bethel women’s player to receive All-America honors, in 1999.

This season, Blackburn averaged 14.6 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, shooting 45.6 percent from the floor and 65.2 percent from the free throw line. She broke Bethel’s single season rebounding record, securing 281 total (103 offensive, 178 defensive) as well as the career rebounding record, grabbing 910 total (288 offensive, 622 defensive).

For her career, Blackburn scored 1,386 points averaging 12.8 points per game and shooting 45.6 percent from the field and 66 percent from the free throw line.

Blackburn holds records for most points in a game (37, 2-4-08) and most rebounds in a game (22, 2-11-10) and tied for most field goals in a game (14, 2-21-08).

She holds the single season records for free throws attempted (178, 2009-10) and rebounds (281, 2009-10). She holds these individual career records: Games Played – 108 (2006-10); Free Throws attempted – 608 (2006-10); and Rebounds – 910 (2006-10).

The team records set during Blackburn’s career include Most Free Throws attempted – 757 (2007-08); Most Free Throws made – 527 (2007-08); Best Free Throw percentage - 69.6 (2007-08); and Tied Most Wins in a season – 16 (2009-10).

“The word that always comes to mind when I think of Hannah is ‘warrior,’” said Bethel women’s coach Mark Fox. “This is a young lady who was an undersized post player in the KCAC, and all she did was lead the conference in rebounding her junior and senior seasons.

“Additionally, she played with numerous injuries throughout her career, including a cracked rib and torn cartilage this year, but she came to battle every night. She is simply a very tough-minded kid and she can be very proud of what she, and the team, accomplished during her four years here. She has helped lay the groundwork for this program’s future.”

Blackburn was one of three women’s players in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) to make the NAIA All-America team, joining Cathryn Wiebe of Sterling College and LaCole Wilkinson of Kansas Wesleyan University.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the only Kansas private college to be ranked in Forbes.com’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2009 and one of only two Kansas colleges profiled in Colleges of Distinction 2009-10. In sports, Bethel competes in the KCAC and is part of the NAIA’s Region IV. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.

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