Four Lady Jays earn All-Southern Division honors this season
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their 2017-2018 Women's Basketball All-Southern Division teams and four Minnesota West Lady Jays earned postseason honors this year.
Minnesota West's Katherin Ihnen was named to the All-Southern Division first team as the 5'10" sophomore post from Round Lake (MN) had a record breaking season and career for the Minnesota West Lady Jays. This season Ihnen became just the 5th Lady Jay in program history to join the 1,000 point club in their 2-year careers. Katherin finished this season with 604 points (average of 20.8 per game) and finished her career with 1,042 points and is 4th all-time on the Lady Jay career scoring list. Ihnen also entered the record books earlier this season with a 48-point performance at home against Vermilion on December 2nd, 2017. The 48 points broke the single-game record of 46 points by Lori Arp in the 1977-1978 season.
Katherin Ihnen also added her name to the record books for rebounding as earlier this season, she broke the record for career rebounds. Ihnen moved past Clara Rohlik of Lucan (583 career rebounds) for the #1 spot on the career rebounding list as Katherin finished her Lady Jay career with 636 rebounds (average of 11.8 rebounds per game in her career).
Ihnen also broke the record for most rebounds in a single season with 379 rebounds (an average of 13.1 rebounds per game) which moved her past Rohlik who had 369 rebounds in the 1979-1980 season.
Katherin Ihnen was named MCAC Southern Division Player-of-the Week three times and was named Division III National Player-of-the-Week in Week 5
The Lady Jays had 2 players earn All-Southern Division 2nd team honors in guard Emily Haubrich and post Andrea Hinkeldey.
Haubrich, a sophomore from Audubon High School (IA), was a key contributor to the Lady Jays over her 2-year career. After a solid freshman year where she averaged 11.5 points per game, Haubrich up her scoring average while assuming more ball handling responsibilities. Haubrich finished her sophomore season averaging 13.9 points, 3 rebounds, over 5 assists and over 2 steals per game this season for the Lady Jays and was named the MCAC Southern Division Player-of-the-Week during Week 8 of the season. Haubrich's 239 career assists puts her 8th all-time on the all-time assist list.
Hinkeldey, a sophomore from Heron Lake (MN), was a 2-year starter for the Lady Jays and a major factor on both ends of the floor for Minnesota West. Hinkeldey averaged 17.5 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game in her sophomore season. She also had 79 blocked shots in her career as well. Hinkeldey finished on the all-time scoring list as she finished her 2-year career with 852 points, which places her 8th all-time on the Lady Jay career scoring list (passing her aunt Katy Madsen Hattendorf on the career scoring list) Hinkeldey also finished with 468 career rebounds which is 11th best all-time in Lady Jay history. Andrea Hinkeldey was named MCAC Southern Division Player-of-the-Week twice this season.
Fellow Lady Jay Ashlynn Wabeke was named an All-Southern Division honorable mention selection this season. Wabeke, a sophomore from Tyler (MN), will go down as one of the most prolific shooters in Lady Jays history. For her career, Wabeke made 126 three-pointers, shooting 38% from beyond the arc for her career. This season Ashlynn Wabeke averaged 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game for the Lady Jays
Minnesota West finished this season with a 23-6 record and were the MCAC Southern Division champions. Lady Jay head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka was named this year's Southern Division Coach of the Year.