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NCAC 30th Anniversary Women's Basketball Team Announced

NCAC 30th Anniversary Women's Basketball All-Decade Team

A pair of former Denison student-athletes tops the list of players selected to the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary All-Decade women's basketball team. 2011 graduate Shaina Kaiser is the only player on the list to earn multiple Player of the Year honors in the previous decade, while 2007 graduate Kristen Sheffield is the only four-time All-NCAC performer in the last 10 years to be named to the all-decade team.

Kaiser {left} earned NCAC Player of the Year honors in 2009 and 2011 and was also a first-team selection in 2010. She still ranks 17th on the NCAC's all-time scoring list and third on the DU scoring list after finishing her career with 1,482 points. In her four-year career at Denison, Kaiser made 84 starts in 113 career games and played a vital role in two NCAC regular season championships (2007, '09) and three NCAC Tournament titles (2008, '10, '11). In addition, Kaiser was also named the Nan Nichols Award winner as the NCAC Tournament's Most Valuable Player in 2010 and 2011 and also garnered All-Tournament honors as a freshman in 2008. Along with her numerous conference accolades, she was also a first-team selection on the D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region Team and a fourth-team member on the D3hoops.com All-American Team in 2011.

Sheffield {right} logged her career in the early part of the last decade, stabilizing Denison's front court unit from 2004 to 2007. After playing and starting in 115 career games for the Big Red, Sheffield was a mainstay on the all-conference team, earning second-team laurels in 2004 and 2005 and elevating to the first team in 2006 and 2007. In addition, she was named the Newcomer of the Year in 2004 and the Player of the Year in 2007. Sheffield's name can still be found in the NCAC record book as she is the league's career leader in blocks with 336 and the single-season record holder in blocks after swatting away 106 shots in the 2004-05 season. In fact, Sheffield is far and away the top block specialist in the history of the NCAC as her career total is 157 blocks better then the next closest player. She added to her career accolades by finishing with 1,349 points and 921 rebounds. Sheffield also earned D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region accolades in her career as she was a third-team selection in 2006.

In addition to Kaiser and Sheffield, four other NCAC Player of the Year honorees from the last 10 years were named to the all-decade team, including Denison's Emma Woodward (2005), Kenyon's Anne Dugan (2008), Wittenberg's Stephanie Boardman (2010) and Kenyon's Kayla Ernst (2013).

The North Coast Athletic Conference is celebrating its 30th playing season by selecting All-Decade teams in nearly every championship sport. Players from the first 10 years of play were selected in 1993-94, while players who competed from 1993-2002 were named to the 20th Anniversary All-Decade team. All current head coaches were asked to vote, as were some former coaches and administrators.

Four different teams won NCAC titles in the last 10 years, led by Denison with three (2007, '09, '11), Wittenberg with three (2004, '06, '10) and Kenyon with two (2005, '08). However, the last two years have been dominated by DePauw as the Tigers are a perfect 32-0 in regular season conference games since joining the league in the 2011-12 academic year. DePauw elevated NCAC women's basketball to new heights in the 2012-13 season by winning the NCAA Division III National Championship with a 69-51 victory over Wisconsin-Whitewater in the title game.