March 01, 2011

Wilkowski named Jostens Trophy finalist for second year

In addition to Wilkowski earning the honor for the second year in a row, this marks the third consecutive year that a Hamline basketball player is a Jostens Trophy finalist. Tony Thrasher '09 was named a finalist in 2009.

Also for the second straight year, she is the only MIAC basketball player to be named a finalist.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 14th year the award has been presented.

The Rotary Club of Salem, Virginia, is responsible for the initial review of annual nominations and narrowed the pool to 10 men and 11 women finalists.

The Salem Rotary Club Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating to narrow the list of finalists so that the decision can be made on the most objective basis possible. This year on the women's side there was a tie for 10th place.  After considerable discussions, the committee believed the equitable method was to forward all 11 nominees to the national selection committee as finalists.

Wilkowski will graduate as the school's all-time leading scorer with 1,658 career points. She is second all-time in blocked shots with 90 and is fourth all-time in rebounding with 785.

She averaged 16.3 ppg and 7.7 rpg in her four years.

This season Wilkowski led the MIAC in scoring (21.2 ppg) was second in conference rebounding (9.2 rpg). Overall she averaged 21.3 ppg and 8.9 rpg, her highest totals of her career.

Final ballots are due no later than March 8 with the winning schools notified by March 9. The awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, March 17 at the Salem Civic Center in conjunction with the Division III men's Final Four being hosted in Salem on March 18-19.

To see the complete list of Josten's Trophy finalists, click here.