Katelyn Fischer Named Jostens Trophy Finalist
Salem, Va. – Marymount University women’s basketball standout Katelyn Fischer was named as one of 11 finalists for the prestigious Jostens Trophy, as announced by the Rotary Club of Salem, Va., on Monday. The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding Division III men’s and women’s basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.
Fischer led the Saints to a 24-5 record, their 12th Capital Athletic Conference championship and 17th appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament. The Saints defeated Eastern Mennonite to reach the second round of the draw before falling to Christopher Newport.
Earning CAC Player of the Year honors for the second-straight season, Fischer averaged 16.4 points, 5.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.2 steals per game while shooting at a 46.7 percent clip from the floor. She was also one of the national leaders in three-point shooting at 42 percent.
In the classroom, Fischer was named First Team Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America, the first Marymount player to achieve the feat. A business major, she owns a stellar 3.97 grade point average and was named the Marymount Scholar-Athlete of the Year as a junior, CAC All-Academic and VaSID Academic All-State.
Fischer spearheaded the Saints efforts for “Operation Sock it to Me” for the past two seasons, a project to collect and distribute essential personal items for the local homeless population in Arlington, Va. She also led the collection efforts that raised $400 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital in the memory of the sister of a former high school teammate. On campus, Fischer also serves as a Resident Advisor and works as a peer tutor in the Learning Resource Center.
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. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 16th year the award has been presented.