(SALEM, Va.) – Thomas More University senior guard Madison Temple (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Player of the Year tonight (Thursday, March 14, 2019) at the NCAA Division III Basketball Championship Banquet hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) and the City of Salem at Roanoke College's Colket Center in Salem, Virginia.
Temple is leading the Saints' to their third national semifinals in her four years at Thomas More. She leads the team in scoring (23.8 per game), rebounds (7.7 per game), assists (177) and steals (86), while also blocking 23 shots. Temple is shooting 61.8 percent (261-of-422) from the field, including 44.4 percent (44-of-99) from behind the arc and is an 89.2 percent (173-of-194) shooter at the free-throw line. She is Thomas More's all-time leading scorer with 2,147 points and assist person with 575 assists.
"The WBCA is pleased to name Madison Temple as the 2019 WBCA NCAA Division III Player of the Year," said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "Madison has played an integral role in guiding her team to an extraordinary season and is very deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA applauds Madison for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game."
Earlier this week, Temple was named the Jostens Trophy winner, Google Cloud Academic All-America and the D3hoops.com Great Lakes Region Player of the Year. Along with being named WBCA Player of the Year, she was named WBCA All-American.
Temple and top-ranked Saints will play ninth-ranked University of Scranton on Friday (March 15) at 7:30 p.m. in a national semifinal game at the Cregger Center on the Roanoke Campus in Salem.