After leading all Missouri Valley Conference freshmen in scoring and in assists, both overall and in Valley-only play, Valpo women’s basketball freshman Ali Saunders (Depauw, Ind./North Harrison) was named to the MVC All-Freshman Team Wednesday evening at the conference’s pre-tournament awards banquet.
Saunders averaged 10.9 points/game and 2.9 assists/game to lead all Valley freshmen, ranking 14th in the conference in assists. She was second among Beacons in scoring and paced the squad in assists. Saunders has scored in double figures a team-high 18 times this season and dished out five or more assists five times.
She ranks sixth in the Valley with an .848 free throw percentage, a mark which is on pace to crack Valpo’s single-season top-10 in the category. Saunders is also on pace to break into the program’s single-season top-10 in 3-point percentage, as she is hitting at a .432 clip from deep.
Saunders’ season was highlighted by a 32-point effort in November against UAB - a new Valpo freshman record and the highest-scoring game by any Valpo player in six seasons. She also enjoyed a perfect shooting night in Valpo’s home game against UNI, scoring 19 points (7-7 FG, 1-1 3PT, 4-4 FT) and becoming the first Valpo player with a 100% field goal percentage on at least seven attempts since 2004.