Kessler - All-America
Alison Kessler Named First Saint Mary’s Basketball All-American
NOTRE DAME, IN – Alison Kessler was named to the D3hoops.com All-American Second-Team. The squad, which is in 11th year of existence, is voted on by the nation’s Sports Information Directors.
Kessler (LaPorte, IN/New Prairie HS) is the first basketball player in Saint Mary’s history to earn All-American honors since becoming a DIII institution during the 1997-98 school year. Last week she was named the Great Lake’s region Player of the Year which is also a first for a basketball player at Saint Mary’s.
She led the MIAA in scoring and steals all season averaging 20.9 points a game while swiping 2.77 steals a contest. Her points per game total ranks eighth in the nation. She also ranked seventh in assists in the league dishing out 3.00 a game. Her 5.4 rebounds a game was 16th among conference leaders.
The senior became the first Saint Mary’s basketball player to be named MIAA MVP while earning First-Team MIAA honors for the third consecutive year. She help guide the Belles to a 13-win season, its most since joining the NCAA ranks 11 years ago. Saint Mary’s advanced to the semifinals of the league’s post-season tournament for the second straight year. Kessler and Hope’s Jordyn Boles were the only two players from the MIAA to garner All-American honors.
During the season she became the Saint Mary’s leader in career scoring. She graduates with 1628 career points. The senior also set the College record for points in a season with 544 points, which eclipses her own record of 497 point she set last year. She posted 14 games of at least 20 points which also was the best among league players.
Her 41-point performance against Kalamazoo on Jan. 16 was the most points scored in the league this year and at the time was the most points in a game by a Division III player. The team’s co-captain set an MIAA record with 22 made free throws in Belles home win over Adrian on Feb. 20.