“Just keep getting better.” It’s a simple message, but one which encourages Valpo women’s basketball players to reach for their personal best and to raise their expectations. And Wednesday, two of Valpo’s players received accolades from the Missouri Valley Conference for their performance this season. Senior Grace Hales was named an Honorable Mention All-MVC selection, while sophomore Carie Weinman earned a spot on the MVC All-Defensive Team.
Hales has enjoyed her finest season as a senior and received Honorable Mention All-MVC honors in recognition of her work this year. The senior enters the MVC Tournament averaging a team-best 12.2 points/game and ranks second in the conference in both 3-point pct. (.434) and free throw pct. (.890). Hales’ shooting has gotten even better within MVC play, as she leads all players in conference-only play with a 51.9% 3-point pct.
Weinman has quite simply been the MVC’s peskiest player on the defensive end of the floor to earn her All-Defensive Team award. The sophomore leads the conference both overall (2.2 steals/game) and in MVC-only play (2.7 steals/game) in the steals category. Weinman tallied at least four steals in eight of Valpo’s 18 conference games and was held without a steal just six times in 29 regular season games overall.
Hales is just the second Valpo player to earn All-Conference accolades since Valpo joined the MVC prior to the 2017-18 campaign, as Dani Franklin was a First Team All-Conference selection in 2017-18. Weinman is the first Valpo player in three years as a conference member to earn All-Defensive Team honors.