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Lady Jays' Hayenga, DeVries, earn All-America honors

Updated: Apr 9

Olivia Hayenga and Hattie DeVries of Minnesota West Community & Technical College, both standouts on the Lady Jays' women's basketball team that captured a national championship last month, received National Junior College Athletic Association Division III All-America honors on Tuesday.


Hayenga, a sophomore and 2022 Worthington High School graduate, was named to the All-America first team for the second consecutive year. The 2023 NJCAA Division III Women's Basketball Player of the Year had another stellar season this winter. She averaged 22.8 points, 12.1 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 2.4 blocks per game for Minnesota West, which advanced to the championship game for the second straight year and avenged last March's finals loss to Rochester with a 76-60 victory this time around. Hayenga was named as this year's national tournament's top player. She scored more points this season than anyone in NJCAA Division III women's basketball.


DeVries, also a sophomore, was named to the All-America second team. From Roseville, she moved into the starting lineup this season after being a key reserve last year and averaged 16.1 points per game on 55.9% shooting from the field. DeVries also recorded 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game and truly starred in the national tournament, averaging 23.7 points per game and earning all-tourney team recognition.

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