Following the conclusion of the 2016-17 NAIA Women’s Basketball season, the national office released the NAIA Division II All-American list on Thursday. Doane University’s Hanah Barnard (SR/Beatrice, Neb.) continued to add to her accolades as she was named First Team All-American. She joins Mari Maaske (1995-96) and Erin Schlake (1998-99) as the only Doane women’s basketball players to receive First Team honors.
Barnard, the 2017 Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Player of the Year, is the 12th women’s basketball player to receive All-American honors. She ranked in the Top 40 of NAIA DII in six categories, including 5th in scoring with 20.87 points per game and 7th in total points with 647, a single-season school record. Barnard ranked 7th in scoring per game when combining both NAIA Division I and II.
Behind the scoring output was the efficiency in which Barnard was able to put the ball in the basket. She shot 48.2 percent from the floor (38th in NAIA) and 42.1 percent behind the arc (14th). Behind the arc, Barnard made 83 3-point baskets (23rd) and averaged 2.67 makes per game (22nd).
Additionally, the Tiger senior had career-highs in rebounds with 134 and steals with 36 to go with 52 assists. She finished a stellar career ranked 4th on the Doane charts with 1,733 points and knocked down 253 3-point baskets.
Doane finished the season at 16-16, taking sixth in the Great Plains Athletics Conference and advancing the conference tournament semifinals.