All-American in HD at Drury

By: 
Will Johnson
Sports Editor

A season for the record books.

That’s one way someone could describe Hailey Diestelkamp’s junior season in a Drury University (DU) Lady Panther basketball uniform.

Helping DU finish 35-1, Diestelkamp set single-season records for points and rebounds along with becoming Drury’s all-time leading rebounder.

Pulling down seven rebounds in Drury’s season-ending 69-60 loss to Lubbock Christian in the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball National semifinals, Diestelkamp finished her junior season with 316 rebounds surpassing the old single-season record of 311 by Melanie Oliver during the 2009-10 season.

“I couldn’t have done any of this without my teammates,” Diestelkamp said. “They push me to be the best athlete I can be on  and off the court.”

As if the single-season rebounding record wasn’t enough, HD became DU’s all-time leading rebounder with 865 rebounds. Oliver also previously held the career record for rebounds with 812 during her four-year playing career at Drury from 2007-10.

Scoring 758 points during her junior season, Diestelkamp broke the previous single-season scoring mark of 644 points by Lindsay Ballweg from the 2009-10 season.

Entering her senior season with 1,631 career points, HD needs just 185 points to become Drury’s all-time leading scorer passing Amanda Newton who amassed 1,815 points from 2002-06.

In addition to the records she now owns, Diestelkamp was named an NCAA Division II First Team All-American by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA).

Adding to her All-American status, Diestelkamp was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) and NCAA Division II Midwest Regional Tournaments.

She was also an All-GLVC First-Team performer along with being named GLVC Player of the Week four times and NCAA-II Player of the Week during the week of Jan. 7-13.

Diestelkamp joins an exclusive list of All-Americans to come out of Owensville High School.

They include track and field decathlete Matt Candrl (Northeast Missouri State University), long jumper Jon Coyle (Truman State University), decathlete Chad Froelker (TSU), baseball pitcher Shannon Snitker (Lincoln University), football defensive back Mike Linhardt (Westminster College), baseball pitcher Kendall Clavin (William Woods University), golfer Cy Moritz (University of Central Missouri), javelin thrower Jordan Robertson (St. Louis College of Pharmacy) and intercollegiate mock trial attorney Angie Seamon (Washington University-St. Louis and Temple University).

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