Hammer Tabbed COSIDA Academic All-America Third Team

Hammer Tabbed COSIDA Academic All-America Third Team
Courtesy of Wayne State Athletics.

WAYNE – After being named First Team All-Central Region, Wayne native Kylie Hammer was recently tabbed Third Team All-America.

According to a release from Wayne State Athletics, the senior guard from Wayne State College was named to the 2021-22 Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Team announced Wednesday morning by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Hammer, a 5-6 guard from Wayne, received Third Team honors maintaining a 3.916 grade point average majoring in elementary education.

It marks the third straight season that a Wildcat women’s basketball player has received CoSIDA Academic All-America honors as Erin Norling earned Third Team honors last season and Second Team honors in 2019-20. Wayne State College has now had at least one Academic All-American for the last 17 years.

On the basketball court this season, Hammer led the NSIC in scoring at 20.1 points per game and was named NSIC South Division Player of the Year, First Team All-NSIC and D2CCA All-Central Region First Team. She was just the third player (fourth time) in school history to average more than 20 points per game in a season, joining Linda Schnitzler Walker (26.2 ppg / 1988-89) and the late Connie Kunzmann (20.4 in 1976-77 and 20.1 in 1975-76) as the only other players to achieve the feat.

Hammer scored double figures in 21 of 23 games this season and had 20 or more points in 12 games including two games with 31 points. She 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 during the regular season.

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.

Hammer has already earned the NSIC Myles Brand All-Academic with Distinction Award and is an Edward Jones Presidential Scholar Athlete while also serving the last three years as a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.

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