The WNBA may not draft NCAA Div. III players, but that doesn’t mean these athletes play with any less intensity. A pair of local players have collected the hardware since their seasons ended to prove hard work pays off at every level.
Virginia State Sports Information Directors once again recognized one of the players April 8 when they named Marymount’s Katelyn Fischer College Division Women’s Basketball Player of the Year.
Fischer averaged 15.5 points, 6.6 assists and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the floor, 39 percent from three-point range and 83.2 percent from the free throw line. She led the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in assists, was second in free throw shooting, third in three-point shooting and assist to turnover ratio, eighth in scoring and ninth in steals.
This is just her latest accolade. Fischer was also named an All-American by Women’s DIII News and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Fischer was also awarded the Jostens Trophy which recognizes outstanding student-athletes in NCAA Division III basketball for excellence in the classroom, on the playing court and in the community. She was also named First Team All-Atlantic Region by D3Hoops.com and was tabbed First Team All-CAC for the third consecutive year.
During her three-year career, the Saint guard averaged 16.6 points per game, 38 minutes per contest and shot 82.6 percent from the charity stripe.
Catholic’s Emily Grabiak also ended her college career in fine fashion. She was named Honorable Mention All-American by D3Hoops.com. She was also named Landmark Conference Player of the Year, all conference for the third year, First Team All-Atlantic Region by D3Hoops and other awards.
Her Cards also had two NCAA tournament appearances. This year CU won the ECAC Division III South Tournament. Think DIII NIT. Catholic topped McDaniel 75-63 for the Cards first ECAC title. Grabiak was the tournament MVP after averaging 20 points and 11 rebounds in the three-game series.
Grabiak averaged 12.9 points per game, 7.2 caroms, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals per game this season. She started 101 of 114 games and helped Catholic to a 90-24 record including a 45-11 mark in conference. With Grabiak as the primary ball handler, the Cardinals won back-to-back Landmark Conference Championships in 2012 and 2013. She leaves North East with 1,118 career points and added 740 rebounds, 446 assists, and 259 steals.