Plymouth’s Hessel earns NAIA DII All-American honors for IWU

MARION — Indiana Wesleyan University women’s basketball senior forward Elaine Hessel has been honored as a NAIA Division II All-American Second Team selection.
Hessel is a two-time All-American as she was a First Team member in 2009-10.
The 2007 Plymouth grad averaged a team-leading 14.3 points per game while also pulling down 4.1 rebounds for IWU. She finished second in NAIA Division II with a 60.3 shooting percentage and was 13th in free throw shooting at 84.7 percent from the free throw line.
Hessel led Indiana Wesleyan in scoring 18 times over the season, scoring in double figures 28 times.
“She invested so much in this program,” said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Steve Brooks. “In terms of commitment during summer months to investment in her teammates, she knows them at a strong personal level.”
“It was befitting she was named Second Team and was worthy of First Team recognition,” continued Brooks. “I’m excited for her. Outside of (Liz) Howerth, Elaine’s the most consistent player we’ve had over four years. Game in and game out, during practice and at the national tournament. She came out and performed at the national tournament despite her injury.”
During her career, Hessel has been named NAIA All-American twice, MCC Player of the Year, and was a three-time MCC All-Conference choice. The senior forward has been a member of two MCC regular season championships and one MCC Tournament champion. Hessel participated in four NAIA National Tournaments, including a national semifinal appearance in 2010.
“I’m thrilled for her that we ended up winning the MCC Tournament,” said Indiana Wesleyan head coach Steve Brooks. “One of the goals was to cut down the net because she hasn’t done that through high school. She was a part of really good teams in high school but couldn’t get past South Bend St. Joe in sectionals. For her to have that opportunity, to see the excitement was special.”
Indiana Wesleyan finished the 2010-11 season ranked No. 7 with a 29-6 record and earned a 13-3 record in the MCC. IWU won the MCC Tournament championship and advanced to the NAIA Elite Eight.