Three Belles Named All-MIAA

Three Belles Named All-MIAA

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - For the first time since 2007, three members of the Saint Mary's basketball team have earned All-MIAA honors as voted upon by league coaches.

Juniors Kelley Murphy and Maggie Ronan and senior Liz Wade were among twelve women's basketball players named to the All-MIAA First and Second Teams this season. Murphy was a First Team All-MIAA selection while Ronan and Wade were both named to the Second Team.

Murphy was a three-time MIAA Player of the Week in the 2010-11 season. In a year where she became just the ninth player in school history to score 1,000 career points, the junior forward was consistently ranked among all NCAA Division III players in double-doubles, scoring average, field goal percentage, free throw percentage, rebounds per game, and steals per game. Her eleven double-doubles at the end of the regular season was tied for the most among MIAA players. In just conference games, she was second in rebounding (9.3 rpg) and total defensive rebounds, tied for third in scoring (14.9 ppg), fourth in free throw percentage and total offensive rebounds, fifth in steals average (2.31 per game), and tenth in field goal percentage. A 2010 All-MIAA Second Team honoree last season, the First Team recognition is the first of her career.

Ronan was named an MIAA Co-Player of the Week on back-to-back occasions during the year. Her best season to date statistically, the junior guard scored more points, had a higher field goal percentage, grabbed more rebounds, and made more free throws than in either of her two previous seasons. In MIAA contests, she ranked sixth in scoring (13.5 ppg), sixth in free throw percentage, and ninth in field goal percentage on the year. The All-MIAA Second Team honor this season is the first conference post-season award of her career.

Wade was the first sophomore to be named MIAA Defensive Player of the Year two seasons ago in 2008-09 after leading the conference in both steals. The senior point guard became the program's all-time leader in career steals, and her continued defensive efforts did not go unnoticed by conference coaches in the 2010-11 season. Wade was ranked throughout the season among Division III players in steals average, assists per game average, and assist-to-turnover ratio. In league games, she finished the season second in total steals and steals average as well as third in assist average. It is the first time she has been named to an All-MIAA team in her career.

2011 All-MIAA Honors

Most Valuable Player
Carissa Verkaik, Calvin
(Sophomore from Holland/Holland Christian HS)

Defensive Player of the Year
Liz Ellis, Hope
(Sophomore from Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids HS)

All-MIAA First Team
Patty Rewa, Albion* (junior from Greenville/Greenville HS)
Carissa Verkaik, Calvin** (sophomore from Holland/Holland Christian HS)
Ally Wolffis, Calvin* (sophomore from Muskegon/Mona Shores HS)
Carrie Snikkers, Hope*** (senior from Jenison/Hudsonville Unity Christian HS)
Erika Bruinsma, Hope* (senior from Grand Rapids/Grand Rapids Christian HS)
Kelley Murphy, Saint Mary’s* (junior from Olathe, Kan./Kansas City Notre Dame de Sion HS)
*- Denotes number of years All-MIAA First Team

All-MIAA Second Team
Melissa Shaw, Albion (senior from Jackson/Northwest HS)
Sydney Beckwith, Alma (senior from Weidman/Beal City HS)
Liz Ellis, Hope (sophomore from Grand Rapids/East Grand Rapids)
Maggie Ronan, Saint Mary’s (junior from Winston-Salem, N.C./Bishop McGuiness HS)
Liz Wade, Saint Mary’s (senior from Palos Park, Ill./Marist Catholic HS)
Danielle Senf, Trine (junior from Blanchardville, Wis./Pecatonica HS)