by Ed Beach
The Division II Conference Commissioners Association has named Drury University forward Hailey Diestelkamp as the recipient of the Ron Lenz National Player of the Year award as well as being named a First Team All-American. It marks the first time in program history a player from Drury has earned the D2CCA’s Ron Lenz award. The NCAA-II sports information directors from institutions and conferences provided the nominations and voting for the Lenz award in addition to the All-American teams.
Diestelkamp averaged 21.6 points per game, 7.4 rebounds, shot .522 from the field and registered 2.8 steals per game. The senior from Owensville, Missouri, became the first player in Drury 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. She is Drury’s all-time leader in scoring and rebounding in addition to being fourth all-time in steals.
Diestelkamp’s point total also ranks her 24th in the history of NCAA-II women’s basketball, and she is the sixth player ever at the D-II level to reach 2,300 points and 1,100 career rebounds.
Diestelkamp set a team and GLVC single-game scoring record with 53 points in the final home game of her career against Rockhurst on Feb. 29. She managed to score in double-figures in 30 of Drury’s 32 games, and she notched 12 double-doubles last season. Diestelkamp was named the NCAA-II Player of the Week twice during 2019-20 in addition to earning MVP honors in the GLVC Tournament for the third year in a row as she helped the Lady Panthers to their fourth consecutive conference title.
Earlier this week, Diestelkamp was named the NCAA-II Player of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association for the second year in a row, and she was named an All-American by the WBCA. She has also been named the 2020 Midwest Region Player of the Year by the D2CCA, was the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year, and the MVP of the GLVC tournament after the Lady Panthers won their fourth straight league title.
Drury finished the season undefeated at 32-0, won the GLVC championship, and they are the number one ranked team in NCAA-II.
The D2CCA’s Player of the Year awards are named after Ron Lenz, who spent nearly 30 years as the Sports Information Director at South Dakota State.
Diestelkamp’s 2019-20 conference, regional and national awards
Ron Lenz Award, NCAA-II Player of the Year (D2CCA)
First Team All-American (D2CCA)
NCAA-II Player of the Year (WBCA)
First Team All-American (WBCA)
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, GLVC
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)