North Dakota’s Lexi Klabo named a Top 10 Candidate for Cheryl Miller Award

North Dakota senior forward Lexi Klabo has been named to the Top 10 list for the Cheryl Miller Award, given out annually to the nations top small forward
North Dakota senior forward Lexi Klabo has been named to the Top 10 list for the Cheryl Miller Award, given out annually to the nations top small forward

North Dakota Athletics

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – North Dakota senior forward Lexi Klabo has been named to the Top 10 list for the Cheryl Miller Award, the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame and Women's Basketball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday.

Klabo is the only player from a mid-major program represented on the list of semifinalists, comprised of players from the ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and the SEC.

"It's a special honor for Lexi," said UND head coach Travis Brewster. "Over the last two years she's consistently faced physical play, double and triple teams, that try to limit her productivity but Lexi's versatility inside and outside are things we continue to develop in her game. Couple that with her length, and she disrupts teams defensively. Lexi is also very humble and tries to do things the right way. There's work to be done and she's still improving her game, but that's what great players do – they never stop learning. She'll be poised to play at the next level."

The three-time Summit League Player of the Week and December's Summit League Player of the Month honoree is scoring a conference-best 18.3 points per game while averaging 8.3 rebounds. Both her scoring and rebounding totals are third-best amongst the list of semifinalists. She is also one of only two semifinalists to lead her respective conference in scoring.


Klabo is the NCAA's leader in made free throws, has scored 20-or-more points nine times this season and has eclipsed 30 points twice. She has also tallied seven double-doubles in 2018-19, last doing so against rival North Dakota State on Feb. 7. Her 439 total points rank her 36th nationally in scoring this season, while her 1,528 career points put her just three points shy of cracking UND's top 10.

"This is a great honor and it's really cool to see North Dakota on a list with all these big schools," said Klabo. "This just goes to show that it doesn't matter where you're from or where you go to school if you can play you can play. I'm just so grateful for this program, my teammates and my coaches who've helped me get to this point. I still have a lot of work to do in my game, but this is a cool honor and I'm just thankful for the people in my corner."

The annual award now in its second year recognizes the top small forwards in women's NCAA Division I college basketball. UConn's Gabby Miller was the inaugural winner of the award in 2018.

Per the release from the Basketball Hall of Fame, a national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has been narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Ms. Miller and the Hall of Fame's selection committee. Fans will also have the opportunity to vote for their favorite finalist at www.hoophallawards.com.

2019 Cherly Miller Award Top 10

Bridget Carleton

Iowa St.

Rhyne Howard

Kentucky

Erika Davenport

Marquette

Kaila Charles

Maryland

Sophie Cunningham

Missouri

Lexi Klabo

North Dakota

Jackie Young

Notre Dame

Satou Sabally

Oregon

Rennia Davis

Tennessee

Borislava Hristova

Washington St.

 

 

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