MIAC announces 2021-22 Women's Basketball Awards

Jen Masello is the first Auggie in recorded MIAC history to receive top individual honors in women's basketball.
Jen Masello is the first Auggie in recorded MIAC history to receive top individual honors in women's basketball.

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) closed the book on its 2021-22 women's basketball season on Tuesday with the announcement of the annual conference awards.

Augsburg senior forward Jen Masello was selected the MIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year, while teammate Anja Smith was named Sixth Player of the Year, and Auggie head coach Ted Riverso was named Coach of the Year. Bethel first-year forward Hayden Glander received MIAC Rookie of the Year honors.

Masello (Darien, Ill. | Downers Grove South) ranked among the top-10 in the MIAC in ten different statistical categories this season, including leading the league in both defensive rebounds (143) and blocked shots (42). She also averaged 14.1 points per game and 8.7 rebounds per game against conference opponents this season. Masello is the first Auggie in recorded conference history to be named MIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year. With Augsburg junior guard Joe Palmer receiving the Men's Basketball Player of the Year honor, this is also the fourth time in league history that both the Men's and Women's Players of the Year hail from the same institution. It previously occurred in 1994 (Amy Bot and Brent Longval, St. Thomas), 2011 (Mary Wilkowski and Carl Hipp, Hamline), and 2017 (Kaitlin Langer and Grant Shaeffer, St. Thomas).

Smith (Kewaskum, Wis. | Saint Mary's Springs) did not play until December and never started a game for the Auggies, but ended up being a critical piece of the puzzle this season for the regular-season MIAC champs. Smith saw just more than 24 minutes per game as Augburg's top reserve and finished league play by averaging 16.6 points per game - good for the second-highest clip in the conference this season. She is the second Auggie ever to be named Sixth Player of the Year for women's basketball, joining 2019 recipient Aiza Wilson.

Glander (Norwood Young America, Minn.) became the first Bethel player ever to receive MIAC Rookie of the Year honors in women's basketball. Glander played in all 22 conference games for the Royals, knocking down 114 shots for 323 points - most among first-year players and third-most among all scorers - in league play this season. She also ranked fifth in the conference with 23 blocks and seventh with 131 rebounds on the year.

Riverso was celebrated by his peers with top coaching honors after guiding the Auggies to a 19-2 record in league play and the program's first-ever MIAC regular-season championship. Riverso is now a nine-time recipient of the MIAC Coach of the Year award, having won seven times at the helm of St. Thomas (1988, 1990, 1992, 1995-98) and twice at Augsburg (2019, 2022).

Four players named to the 2021-22 All-MIAC Team had been recognized with All-Conference distinction previously. Bethel senior forward Makenna Pearson (Blaine, Minn.) earned All-MIAC honors in 2019 and 2020 before being named All-Conference for a third time this season; Concordia's Mary Sem (Fargo, N.D. | North), Hamline's Lydia Lecher (St. Paul, Minn. | Concordia Academy), and St. Olaf's Rachel Kelly (Northfield, Minn.) were each All-Conference picks in 2020 as well. Carleton's Jill Yanai (Glendale, Calif.), Saint Mary's Brooklyn Paulson (Holmen, Wis.), and St. Olaf's K'Lynn Lewis (St. Paul, Minn. | St. Agnes) had received honorable mention distinction in prior years and earned All-Conference billing this season.

As part of a conference-wide sportsmanship initiative, the MIAC also announced the 15th annual All-MIAC Sportsmanship team for women's basketball. Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.


2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball Awards

 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
F Jen Masello Augsburg Sr. Darien, Ill. | Downers Grove South --
 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball Sixth Player of the Year
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
F Anja Smith Augsburg So. Kewaskum, Wis. | Saint Mary's Springs --
 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School
F Hayden Glander Bethel Fy. Norwood Young America, Minn.
 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball Coach of the Year
Name Institution Previous Selections
Ted Riverso Augsburg 1988 | 1990 | 1992 | 1995 | 1996 | 1997 | 1998 | 2019

 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball All-Conference Team
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
F Jasmine Choi Carleton So. Maple Grove, Minn. | Osseo --
G Sophie Findell Hamline Sr. New Brighton, Minn. | Irondale --
F Hayden Glander Bethel Fy. Norwood Young America, Minn. --
F Rachel Kelly St. Olaf Jr. Northfield, Minn. 2020
G Emma Kniefel Gustavus So. Medford, Minn. --
F Lydia Lecher Hamline So. St. Paul, Minn. | Concordia Academy 2020
G K'Lynn Lewis St. Olaf Sr. St. Paul, Minn. | St. Agnes 2019 (HM)
G Selena Lor Augsburg Sr. Winona, Minn. --
F Jen Masello Augsburg Sr. Darien, Ill. | Downers Grove South --
G Carla Meyer Saint Benedict So. New Brighton, Minn. | Totino-Grace --
G Brooklyn Paulson Saint Mary's Sr. Holmen, Wis. 2019 (HM) | 2020 (HM)
F Makenna Pearson Bethel Sr. Blaine, Minn. 2019 | 2020
G Celine Sabbagh Macalester Sr. Eau Claire, Wis. | Regis --
G Anna Sanders Gustavus Jr. Vadnais Heights, Minn. | White Bear Lake --
F Mary Sem Concordia Sr. Fargo, N.D. | North 2020
F Anja Smith Augsburg So. Kewaskum, Wis. | Saint Mary's Springs --
G Bella Williams Bethel Sr. Zimmerman, Minn. --
G Jill Yanai Carleton Sr. Glendale, Calif. 2020 (HM)

 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball All-Defensive Team
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
G Chan'el Anderson-Manning Hamline Jr. St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall --
G Madison Doran Saint Benedict Sr. Circle Pines, Minn. | Totino-Grace --
F Emma LaFrenz Macalester Jr. Edina, Minn. --
F Jen Masello Augsburg Sr. Darien, Ill. | Downers Grove South --
G Bella Williams Bethel Sr. Zimmerman, Minn. 2019 | 2020

 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball All-First-Year Team
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School
G Kylie Baranick Gustavus Fy. Maple Grove, Minn.
F Hayden Glander Bethel Fy. Norwood Young America, Minn.
G Izzy Goettelman Saint Mary's Fy. Winona, Minn.
F Rachel Kawiecki Gustavus Fy. Richfield, Minn. | Academy of Holy Angels
G Courtney Nuest Bethel Fy. Becker, Minn.

 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball Honorable Mention
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School Previous Selections
G Chan'el Anderson-Manning Hamline Jr. St. Paul, Minn. | Cretin-Derham Hall 2019 (HM)
G Miranda Broberg St. Scholastica So. Milaca, Minn. --
G Jaley Coplin Augsburg Jr. Shakopee, Minn. --
F Bree Glynn St. Catherine Jr. Blaine, Minn. | Totino-Grace --
G Izzy Goettelman Saint Mary's Fy. Winona, Minn. --
F Tess Hauer Hamline Jr. Wausau, Wis. | West --
G Sophia Jonas Saint Benedict Fy. Hudson, Wis. --
G Gabby Martin Saint Benedict Jr. Pillager, Minn. --
G Kalena Myers Augsburg So. Burnsville, Minn. | Apple Valley --
F Sam Orth St. Catherine Sr. Maple Grove, Minn. | Rogers --

 2021-22 MIAC Women's Basketball All-Sportsmanship Team
Position Name Institution Class Hometown | High School
G Chloe Kintop Augsburg Jr. Foxboro, Wis. | Superior
F Megan Boegel Bethel Sr. Rochester, Minn. | Schaeffer Academy
F Margie Clauss Carleton So. Minneapolis, Minn. | Washburn
F Taviahna Tanin Concordia Sr. Middleton, Wis.
F Sienna Wiebusch Gustavus Sr. St. Peter, Minn.
G Lindsey Bernardy Hamline Sr. Wabasso, Minn.
G Solana Cushing Macalester Jr. Minneapolis, Minn. | South
F Tori Szathmary Saint Benedict Jr. Lakewood, Colo. | D'Evelyn
C Katie Benjamin St. Catherine Sr. Walker, Minn. | Walker-Hackensack
G Ashley Streveler Saint Mary's Jr. Colby, Wis.
F Cayden Botten St. Olaf So. Cold Spring, Minn. | ROCORI
F Megan Hurley St. Scholastica So. Woodbury, Minn.