Farmington, Pa. - On Tuesday night, senior Alexis Daly (New Albany, Pa.), freshman McKenzie Prutsman (Jasper, Ny.) and sophomore Kamryn Dodd (Stevensville, Md.) were honored by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association at the association's annual awards banquet held at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort prior to the USCAA National Tournament.
#23 Alexis Daly - The senior standout became Penn State Hazleton's first student-athlete to be named Player of the Year by the USCAA and was named a First Team All-American for the fourth consecutive year. Daly was one of just ten players to average a double-double in 2015-16, recording 16.4 points and 10.5 rebounds this season. Daly's 43 steals and 33 blocked shots completed her tour de force, solidifying her as the top women's basketball player in the country.
The senior's top performance came on February 12 against Penn State Greater Allegheny. Daly notched a season best 25 points and 12 rebounds to go along with two steals to lead her team to a 75-61 victory. The following day versus Penn State Beaver, Daly notched a season high 17 rebounds, including her 1,000 rebound in a Lady Lion uniform, becoming the second player in Penn State Hazleton history to reach the 1,000 point, 1,000 rebound milestone. In four seasons, Daly has accumulated 1,730 points, numerous Penn State University Athletic Conference honors, including two PSUAC player of the year wins and can now claim honors as a four-time All-American.
#3 McKenzie Prustman - In her first season as a Lady Lion, Prutsman ranked second on the squad averaging 12.1 points per game and held the sixth highest free throw percentage in the country at 79.8 percent. The point guard dished out 84 assists in 2015-16 and her 67 steals were the 16th most in the USCAA. Her overall ability and body of work earned Prutsman an All-American Honorable Mention, adding to her Newcomer of the Year award from the Penn State University Athletic Conference.
Prutsman's top performance came on January 12 at Central Penn College where the freshman scored 31 points in 30 minutes on the floor. The point guard swiped six steals in the victory, went 4-7 from beyond the arc and 5-6 from the free throw line en route to her season high scoring output.
#44 Kamryn Dodd - The sophomore was honored by the USCAA as an National All-Academic, recognizing Dodd's achievements on the court and in the classroom. Academic honorees are upperclassmen recognized for maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher.