Add a Region Player of the Year award to the list for Jess Rheinheimer (Manheim, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite).
After back-to-back seasons as the ODAC Player of the Year, and a spot on last year's All-Region First Team, Eastern Mennonite University's senior basketball player was named the best in the South Region today by D3hoops.com, the official publication of NCAA D-III athletics.
Rheinheimer led the Royals this year with 19.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. The 5-10 forward was also second on the team with 29 steals and 11 blocked shots, and third with 51 assists. Despite regularly being double- and triple-teamed by opposing defenses, she was also one of the best shooters in the region, hitting 47.1% of her shots, including 33.6% from downtown. Rheinheimer added a penchant for free throws, making 95-of-115 attempts for 82.6%.
She finished her stellar career with 1,567 points, good for No. 3 in EMU history, and 646 rebounds for No. 11 in the program books.
Also the Academic All-American of the Year, Rheinheimer is just as impressive in the classroom with a 3.95 GPA in EMU's highly-respected nursing program. She won the 2015 Jostens Trophy and was a finalist for the award again this year.
Rheinheimer has helped lead a resurgence in women's basketball for the entire Old Dominion Athletic Conference, as six women were named among the 15 spots on this year's All-Region teams. The ODAC averaged two or three players recognized over the previous five seasons. She was joined on the 2016 South Region First Team by Randolph-Macon's Katie Anderson. Another ODAC player, Emory & Henry's Taylor Blevins, was named the South Region Rookie of the Year.
Players chosen to the D3hoops.com All-Region team are eligible for All-American selection. The women's All-America team will be announced during the week of March 21-25, following the Division III women's semifinals which are this Saturday.
This is the 15th year D3hoops.com has named an All-Region team and this year's All-America team will be the 19th annual All-American selections. The D3hoops.com All-American teams, along with those of the respective coaches' associations, are the only ones recognized in the NCAA record book.