by Ed Beach
Drury forward Hailey Diestelkamp was named the 2020 Midwest Region Player of the Year and was a First Team All-Midwest Region selection by the Division II Conference Commissioners Association.
The awards are the latest in a growing number for the senior from Owensville, Missouri. She was also named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year this season and was a unanimous First Team All-GLVC selection. Diestelkamp scored a program, and GLVC record 53 points on February 29 against Rockhurst and has earned NCAA-II Player of the Week honors twice during the season. She was named the MVP of the GLVC tournament when the Lady Panthers won the conference title for the fourth straight year on March 8.
Diestelkamp 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.
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.
Diestelkamp’s 2020 conference, regional and national awards
Player of the Year, Midwest Region (D2CCA)
First Team All-Midwest Region (D2CCA)
Second Team Academic All-American (CoSIDA)
Most Valuable Player, GLVC Tournament
Player of the Year, Great Lakes Valley Conference
First Team All-GlVC (unanimous selection)
NCAA-II Google Cloud Academic All-District (CoSIDA)
NCAA-II Player of the Week (Feb. 24-March 1)
GLVC Player of the Week (Feb. 24-March 1)
GLVC Player of the Week (Feb. 17-23)
NCAA-II Player of the Week (Feb. 10-16)
GLVC Player of the Week (Feb. 10-16)
GLVC Player of the Week (Jan. 6-12)
GLVC Player of the Week (Nov. 24-30)
Complete All-Midwest Region Team