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Chargers have five named All-GPAC, Benne named Tri-Defensive Player-of-the-Year

Chargers have five named All-GPAC, Benne named Tri-Defensive Player-of-the-Year

Five Briar Cliff women’s basketball players were named to the all-GPAC teams with Kennedy Benne earning Tri-Defensive-Player-of-the-Year. Konnor Sudmann was named to the all-conference first team. Madelyn Deitchler and Payton Slaughter each made the second team, while Mya Hendry and Benne made the honorable mention list.

Sudmann, a sophomore from Treynor, Iowa, led the team in scoring and is sixth in the GPAC with 14.6 points per game. She was fourth in rebounds with 5.7 rebound per game. Sudmann also recorded 66 assists, 39 steals, shot 43.4 percent from the field. She reached the 20 point mark six times and scored a season high 25 points against College of Saint Mary where she finished 11-of-18 from the floor. This is Sudmann’s second all-GPAC honor as she was named to the first team and was Freshman-of-the-Year in 2019-20.

Deitchler, a junior from Treynor, Iowa, was the leading rebounder for the Cliff with 7.3 rebounds per game and was second with 14.1 points per game. She shot 47.9 percent (128-267) from the field this season. She poured in a season high 26 points against Dakota State and scored in double figures in 20 contests. Deitchler recorded five double doubles on the season and her best game rebounding was 18 against Concordia, which was the third highest in a GPAC game this season. The second team honor is the second all-GPAC accolade for Deitchler after being an honorable mention in 2019-20.

Slaughter, a sophomore from Cherokee, Iowa, led the Chargers in assists (102) and made 3-pointers (38). Her 102 assists rank second in the GPAC and 16th in the NAIA. She was third on the team with 5.8 rebounds per game. She recorded the only triple double in the GPAC this season with her 12 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assist game against Jamestown.

Benne, a freshman from Oakland, Nebraska, ranks first in the GPAC and second in the NAIA with 97 steals. She averaged 10.3 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game, and had 63 assists. Her highest scoring output in a game this season was 23 when she knocked down a season high five 3-pointers in a win over Doane. She recorded seven steals in a game twice, which is tied for the most in the GPAC.

Hendry, a junior from Rapid City, South Dakota, was second on the team with 6.4 rebounds per game and led the team with 2.7 offensive rebound per contest. She also led the Chargers with 22 blocked shots. Hendry recorded a career high 14 rebounds against Dakota State and scored 12 points to secure a double double. Her nine offensive rebound performance against Morningside is tied for most in a game in the GPAC.

The Chargers finished the 2020-21 season with a 17-10 overall record. BC finished fourth in the GPAC standings with a league record of 14-8.

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