SALEM, Va. – The Rotary Club of Salem (Va.) announced Hanover women's basketball player senior Alexis Nall (Mount Vernon, Ind.) as a top 10 finalist for the national Jostens Trophy.
The Jostens Trophy is awarded annually in March to honor the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outstanding Athletes of the year. The trophy is designed and sponsored by the Jostens and the Rotary Club of Salem Va. The award was created to honor the well-rounded Division III student-athlete who excels in the classroom, on the playing court and in their community.
This season marks the 23rd edition of the award, with the first trophy being awarded in 1998. Nall becomes the first Hanover women's basketball player to be named as a finalist and the third in Hanover history joining men's basketball players Wes McKinney ('18) and Cam Fails ('19). The 2020 award winners will be announced in mid-March.
The senior who was most recently named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player, was pegged a preseason All-American for the second consecutive year. Nall was announced a second team All-American in early November, the first women's basketball player in the HCAC to receive an honor higher than third team. She raked in awards all season long, including six HCAC Player of the Week honors, All-Tournament Team accolades, and her second consecutive D3Hoops.com Preseason All-American recognition.
For the season, Nall led the conference in every major statistical category ranking first in points per game (18.8), rebounds per game (9.0), field goal percentage (55.7) and three-point percentage (47.2). Her 55.7 percent shooting from the field also landed her 21st among NCAA Division III student-athletes while ranking in the top 50 in points per game. Nall finished the season with a team-best seven double-doubles while posting single game best in assists (5), blocks (3), and three-point field goals made (4).
Off the court, the Mount Vernon, Ind. native plans on attending Bellarmine's Physical Therapy School. Nall, who is majoring in Kinesiology and Integrative Physiology, has made the Dean's List three consecutive semesters. The senior exemplifies what it means be a Division III student-athlete as she serves as a member of Phi Mu Rho Chapter, Student Athlete Advisory Board and a women's basketball camp counselor the past two summers.
Hanover concluded the season 19-7 overall with a 17-1 conference mark claiming a share of the HCAC regular season crown. The Blue and Red advanced to the HCAC Tournament Championships for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign.