Scholar Honors For Women's Basketball

Three Women' Basketball Players Earn Scholar Honors

(Tuesday, March 14; Sioux Center, Iowa)  The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced Monday that 286 Division II women’s basketball student-athletes have been named 2016-17 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. Dordt College had three players on that list.

Paige Engbers (Senior; Pella, Iowa), Kim Kroeze (Senior; Hull, Iowa) and Shae Pollema (Senior, Hull, Iowa) were named to the list for the second time in their basketball careers.

Engbers is studying Psychology and leaves Dordt as the career leader in three-point shots made.  Kroeze is studying Biology and has been accepted into the Physical Therapy program at the University of Iowa.  Pollema will graduate with a degree in Education.  All three started regularly for the Defenders this season.

“This is a great honor for these three young women. They are an incredible example of what it means to excel both on and off the floor. They are extremely driven individuals, who fully understand the balance and drive it takes to be a successful student-athlete and we are thankful for their leadership in our program,” said Dordt College basketball coach Katie DeWitt-Severson.

Engbers scored 7.7 points per game this year and converted a team high 61 three-point shots this year while adding to her Dordt-best 178 career three-point baskets. 

Kroeze scored 9.7 points per game this season and ended her career with 946 points, 476 rebounds and 265 assists which ranks her in the top-20 all-time at Dordt College.

Pollema, along with Engbers, were the only two Defenders to start all 30 games and she scored 8.0 points per game with a team high 6.9 rebounds per outing.

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.