Waterville, ME - Hornet senior women's basketball player Mikayla Hodge (Newbury, VT) has been named the 2017-2018 North Atlantic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year, as voted on by conference coaches and announced today. Junior Victoria Carlson (East Haven, CT) has been named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team.
In addition to being named Player of the Year, Hodge, a Sport Management major, was also a 1st Team All-Conference selection. The 2015 NAC Rookie of the Year capped her stellar career with a tremendous senior season. She finished the conference regular season ranked in the top five in six different statistical categories, including leading the league in free throw percentage (91.7%), rebounds per game (16.1), and blocks per game (1.9). She finished second in points per game (20.0), third in three-point field-goal percentage (41.1%), and fifth in field-goal percentage (44.6%). Against NAC opponents, she also totaled 1.5 assists per game and 1.2 steals per game. Nationally, she currently ranks among the top 40 in all of Division III in nine statistical categories. Most impressively, the senior is the nation leader in double doubles with 24. She is also currently fifth in rebounds per game (15.1), defensive rebounds per game (11.0), and rebounds (378), 27th in free-throw percentage (86.4), 32nd in final points (480.0), 33rd in offensive rebounds per game (5.0), 37th in points per game (19.2), and 38th in three-point field-goal percentage (41.3). For her career, Hodge tallied 1,448 points, 1,231 rebounds, 180 blocks, 112 assists, and 75 steals.
Carlson, an Electronic Journalism major, played and started in 25 games for the Hornets. She averaged 4.8 points, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals per game. The NAC Women's Basketball Sportsmanship Team is reserved for those who have distinguished themselves through demonstrated acts of sportsmanship and ethical behavior. The honorees are individuals who have positively affected the basketball culture and environment and whose behavior clearly demonstrates sportsmanship and integrity that go beyond the playing rules and etiquette.
Hodge and Carlson led the Hornets to their first winning season since Lyndon became an NCAA Division III member in 2009. The Hornets finished 14-12 overall and 10-8 in NAC play, both program bests. Lyndon qualified for the NAC Tournament for the first time since 2012-2013, earning the #5 seed. The Hornets were defeated, 57-37, by #4 seed Maine Maritime Academy in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday evening.
For a complete rundown of all NAC Women's Basketball award winners, click HERE.