by Ed Beach
Drury forward Hailey Diestelkamp was named an Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Honorees were selected for academic performance in combination with their athletic achievements. Diestelkamp was one of only 15 selections honored nationwide in NCAA-II as Academic All-Americans and was a Second Team honoree.
The senior from Owensville, Missouri, is a Psychology major and carries a 3.40-grade point average. She was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year this season, and last weekend was named the Most Valuable Player of the GLVC Tournament. A unanimous First Team All-GLVC selection, Diestelkamp scored a program, and GLVC record 53 points on Feb. 29 against Rockhurst and has earned NCAA-II Player of the Week honors twice during the season. She averaged 21.2 points per game, 7.3 rebounds, shot .537 from the field, and 2.7 steals per game. This season, she became the first player in team history to surpass 2,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds, and Diestelkamp’s 2,321 career points led all active players in Division II at the end of the year.
Diestelkamp was also a Google Cloud CoSIDA Academic All-District award winner earlier this year, marking the second straight season she had earned the district award.
The Lady Panthers finished the season undefeated at 32-0, won the GLVC championship, and they are the number one ranked team in NCAA-II.