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SIOUX CITY, Iowa— The Hastings College women’s basketball team was going to need a U-Haul to carry back all of its hardware, hon-ors and trophies after winning the NAIA Div. II national tournament championship 58-39 over College of the Ozarks Tuesday night at the Tyson Event Center.
Senior Katie Dent earned first-team all-tournament honors and brought home the tournament’s top MVP honors after helping lead the Broncos to their third title in school history.
With the defense carrying the Broncos through each of the five games, it was only fitting that Dent receive the honor.
She set the tournament record with 64 rebounds in the team’s five games, breaking the former mark of 61 set by Erica Hayes of Shawnee State (1999).
But, it was her in-your-face defense against some of the top players in the country that lifted her to the honor over some of the tournament’s most prolific scorers.
In Monday’s semifinal, Dent held Northwestern sophomore Deb Remmerde to just 22 points. It was the lowest offensive output for Remmerde in the tournament, who had scored 42, 42 and 38 points in the team’s previous three games. She was also limited to just two three-pointers, after she entered the game with 20 in the three previous games combined.
And Tuesday, despite giving up six inches to College of the Ozarks’ 6-foot, 3-inch Cara Painter, Dent did it again. Painter, tallied just 19 points, and was limited to seven in the second half.
“This (championship) is very special because it’s the last one. It was so emotional because it was the last for everything,” said Dent, who finished her career as HC’s second all-time leading rebounder (964). “They don’t just give these things away.
“It wasn’t just me; though, it was a total team effort.”
Dent is just the second player in school history to received the tournament MVP honor, joining Elizabeth Herbek (2003). Dent received honorable mention All-American honors.
Martinsen, who was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference player of the year, also earned first-team all-tournament honors. She also received first-team All-American honors. The senior from St. Paul scored a team-high 15 points in the championship, finish-ing with 78 points in the tournament. She was also second in the tournament, behind Dent, with 12 steals.
Martinsen caps her career at HC as the second all-time leading scorer with 1,787 career points. She also set the single season school record this season with 96 three-pointers made.
Martinsen also finished second in the career steals category (331), while Dent finishes fifth (278).
Junior Stacy Svoboda received second-team all-tournament hon-ors while tallying 65 points in HC’s five games. Her 12 points in Tuesday’s championship win lifted her to 15th on HC’s all-time career scoring list with 1,149 points.
Bronco coach Tony Hobson was named as the NAIA Div. II coach of the year for the third time. He is the only coach to have earned the honor three times.
In a surprising announcement, Northwestern’s Deb Remmerde was named as the NAIA Div. II national player of the year. The honor was unexpected because she did not earn conference player of the year honors. All five of the previous GPAC player of the year winners were named as the national player of the year.