Hammer Named To D2CCA All-Central Region First Team, Advances To All-American Ballot

Hammer Named To D2CCA All-Central Region First Team, Advances To All-American Ballot
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

\WAYNE – Make room for another post season honor for Wayne native Kylie Hammer who recently collected 2021-22 Division II Conference Commissioners Association (D2CCA) Women’s Basketball Central Region First Team recognition.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the honor is voted on by sports information directors within the Central Region and with her First Team designation now advances to the D2CCA All-American ballot.

Hammer, a 5-6 guard from Wayne, was named the NSIC South Division Player of the Year and First Team All-NSIC after leading the league in scoring this season at 20.1 points per game. She is just the third player (fourth time) in school history to average more than 20 points per game in a season, joining Linda Schnitzler (26.2 ppg. in 1988-89) and Connie Kunzmann (20.4 in 1976-77 and 20.1 in 1975-76) as the only other players to achieve the feat.

Hammer led the NSIC in free throws made (124) and free throws attempted (162), ranking 11th nationally in free throws made and tied for sixth in free throws attempted. She made 23 more free throws than Meleah Reinhart of Southwest Minnesota State and attempted 26 more free throws than Bemidji State’s Trinity Yoder.

She scored season-highs of 31 points at Sioux Falls on December 4 and at Winona State on December 17 and had a streak of five straight games over 20 points from January 21 through February 5. Hammer scored double figures in 21 of 23 games this season and had 20 or more points in 12 games. She was named NSIC South Division Player of the Week on December 6 after averaging 28.5 points per game vs. Southwest Minnesota State and Sioux Falls.

This season, Hammer became the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 career points and ended her Wildcat career ranked 22nd with 1,087 points.

The Wayne State College women’s basketball team finished the 2021-22 season with a 9-15 record overall while placing seventh in the NSIC South Division with a 6-14 league mark.