March 1, 2011
Kathryn Stockbower Named Finalist for Jostens Trophy
SALEM, Va. - Senior Kathryn Stockbower of the Swarthmore College women's basketball team has been named a finalist for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, the Salem (Va.) Rotary Club announced on Tuesday.
The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., to honor the most outstanding men's and women's Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess and community service. This year's class marks the 14th year the award has been presented.
Stockbower is aiming to become the second member of the Swarthmore College women's basketball program to win the award; Heather Kile '02 won the coveted trophy in 2002.
The senior captain from Fort Washington, Pa. capped off an illustrious career with a record-breaking final season at the College. For the 2010-11 season, she led the Centennial Conference in rebounding average (12.4 rpg), finished fourth in scoring average (14.8 ppg), fifth in shooting percentage (48%) and 16th in the nation in rebounding average.
During the season, Stockbower broke numerous Swarthmore program records and reached several national and conference milestones. With 83 career doubles-doubles, she is the all-time NCAA Division III leader, breaking the record with her 80th career double-double at Johns Hopkins on February 5. She also became Swarthmore's all-time leading rebounder against Muhlenberg on February 2. She finished the season as Swarthmore's all-time leading rebounder (1,335) and third-leading scorer (1,677), as well as the Centennial Conference's fifth-leading scorer and second-leading rebounder. Stockbower is one of only three players in Centennial Conference history to reach 1,500 career points and 1,000 career rebounds.
A double major in biology and German studies, Stockbower has compiled numerous academic and athletic awards over her career.
Her accolades in the classroom include 2010-11 Capital One Academic All-America and All-District II First Team, 2009-10 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-America Third Team, 2009-10 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District II First Team, 2008-09 and 2009-10 Philadelphia Inquirer All-Area Academic All-Star Teams, 2009-10 Philadelphia Inquirer Academic All-Area Women's Basketball Player of the Year and 2008-09, 2009-10, and 2010-11 Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll selection.
On the court, Stockbower is one of only two players in Centennial Conference history to be named to the All-Centennial Conference First Team for four seasons (the other is Swarthmore's Kile). Over her career, she has been honored as a 2010-11 D3Hoops.com Second Team Preseason All-American, 2009-10 WBCA All-America Honorable Mention, 2009-10 D3Hoops.com Fourth Team All-American, and 2008-09 Centennial Conference Player of the Year. A remarkably consistent player over her four-year career, Stockbower scored in double figures in a Centennial Conference record 73 consecutive games and has been named the Centennial Conference Player of the Week seven times for her career.
See http://www.odaconline.com/jostens/2011finalists for the full list of finalists.