Denison junior Jordan Holmes was named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III All-American team on Friday, March 18. Holmes is one of 40 players to earn the national honor and one of 30 who received honorable mention status. She is the fifth player in Big Red women's basketball history to earn WBCA All-American status. She joins Shaina Kaiser (2010-11), Kristen Sheffield (2006-07), Allison McCombe (1994-95) and Christi Clay (1993-94).
On March 22, Holmes was also named to the D3hoops.com fourth-team All-American squad. Holmes joins Kaiser as the only D3hoops.com All-Americans from Denison. Kaiser was a fourth-team pick in 2011.
The 2016 North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and first-team all-conference pick, Holmes ranks second in Division III with 17.8 rebounds per game. For the third consecutive season, she also leads the country in blocked shots per game at 6.2. This season saw her surpass 1,000 career points and 1,000 career rebounds. When she returns to the court in 2016-17, she will only need 18 blocked shots to become the first Division III women's basketball player in history with 1,000 points, 1,000 rebounds and 500 blocked shots.
Holmes was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America team in 2016 and was a first-team Academic All-District selection. She was also recently named to the D3hoops.com All-Great Lakes Region first-team and is a nominee for D3hoops.com All-American. The 2015-16 season marked career highs in points (444), rebounds (499), blocks (173) and steals (49). Her 499 rebounds this season are the third-most in Division III history. Holmes was named the NCAC Player of the week, five times. She was a three-time D3hoops.com Team of the Week awardee and a one-time USBWA National Player of the Week. In February, Holmes became the NCAC's all-time leader in rebounds. She already owned the conference's career mark in blocked shots.
She posted two triple-doubles and 24 double-doubles this season. She broke the NCAC Tournament record and the DU single-game record with 28 rebounds in the conference tournament semifinal versus Allegheny.
Holmes and the Big Red captured the NCAC Championship with a record of 23-5. They advanced to the NCAA Division III Tournament for the sixth time, earning an at-large berth to the tournament for the first time in program history.