WAYNE – Although the Wayne State College women’s basketball season ended during the first round of the conference tourney, a program-first was announced Tuesday afternoon.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, junior forward Erin Norling was named to the 2019-20 CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Team selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America). Norling is the first-ever women’s basketball player at Wayne State College to collect Academic All-American honors.
Norling was the lone NSIC representative for the women while three men’s programs were highlighted. Senior Harrison Cleary of Minnesota Crookston and senior Caleb Wagner of Winona State both received Second-Team honors while junior Tyler Riemersma of Augustana garnered Third Team Academic All-America.
The CoSIDA Academic All-America Women’s Basketball Team recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances on the court and in the classroom. Norling, a native of Loretto, Minnesota (Delano HS), maintains a 3.96 cumulative grade point average majoring in biology/pre-physician assistant and is an Academic All-District VII First Team selection the last two seasons.
On the court this season, Norling paced Wayne State in scoring (19.9) and rebounding (8.0), ranking second in the NSIC in scoring and tied for fourth in rebounding to earn First Team All-NSIC honors for a second straight season. Norling also tied for eighth in the NSIC in blocked shots per game (1.0) and tied for fourth in minutes played per game (33.6).
Norling scored double figures in every game this season and has reached double figures in 47 straight and 56 of her last 57 games dating back to last season. She accounted for 15 games of 20 or more points this season and her 576 points ranked sixth-most in a single season by a Wildcat player.
Norling was named NSIC South Division Player of the Week on November 25th after scoring a career-best 32 points at South Dakota School of Mines (11/21/19) followed by a 28-point performance two nights later at Black Hills State.
The Wayne State College women’s basketball team finished the 2019-20 season with a record of 16-13 overall, placing seventh in the NSIC South Division at 11-11 in league play.