The Big Red had three former athletes named to the North Coast Athletic Conference 30th Anniversary Women's Basketball All-Decade team that was released by the league office earlier this week. Wings Emma Woodward '05, Kristen Sheffield '07 and Shaina Kaiser '11 occupied three of the 10 sports on the third-annual all-decade squad.
Emma Woodward was a two-time first-team All-NCAC selection in 2004 and 2005. During her senior season, Woodward was named the conference's Player of the Year after averaging 14.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. She was also voted the NCAC All-Tournament team in 2005. Woodward is ninth all-time in scoring at Denison with 1,075 points, while her .785 free throw percentage is the second-best in school history.
Kristen Sheffield earned Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-American honors in 2007 after leading the Big Red to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. A four-time all-conference selection, she received first-team honors as a junior and senior. Sheffield was named NCAC Newcomer of the Year in 2004 before closing her collegiate-career with conference Player of the Year honors in 2007. The third-team D3Hoops.com All Great Lakes Region selection is the NCAC record holder in blocks with 336. She also holds the conference single-season mark with 106 rejections. Sheffield holds the school record with 921 rebounds and is fifth in scoring at DU with 1,349 points.
Shaina Kaiser became the program's fourth All-American after helping the Big Red post a 28-1 record and earn a berth in the 2011 NCAA Tournament. A D3Hoops.com All Great Lakes Region selection, Kaiser earned fourth-team D3Hoops.com All-American honors and honorable mention WBCA All-American recognition. A three-time NCAC All-Tournament selection, she was named the NCAC Tournament Most Valuable Player in 2010 and again in 2011. Kaiser was named the NCAC Player of the Year in 2009 and 2011 and earned first-team all-conference accolades three-straight seasons (2009-11). The former DU standout ranks third all-time in scoring at DU, while her 1,482 career points are 17th-best in the NCAC.
Denison and Kenyon each had three honorees on the 30th Anniversary All-Decade team, while Ohio Wesleyan had two representatives. Wittenberg and Wooster rounded out the list with one athlete each.