NSIC ATHLETICS: Former SMSU women’s basketball player Andrea (Schreier) Sawatzky inducted into NSIC Hall of Fame
BURNSVILLE – Former Southwest Minnesota State University women’s basketball standout Andrea (Schreier) Sawatzky, was inducted into the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the Best Western Premier.
The induction ceremony was held in conjunction with the NSIC’s 19th annual Summer Kickoff event, which includes three days of meetings and professional development for administrators and head coaches of the NSIC’s 16 institutions.
Sawatzky was a four-year letter winner for the women’s basketball program earning numerous individual accolades and helping the program reach new heights.
Originally from Manson, Iowa, Sawatzky played in 111 career games and holds the school record with 409 career free throws made and ranks second in school history in 3-point field goal pct. (42.7). She also ranks fourth in school history with 1,570 points, fifth in rebounds with 689 and still holds the school single-season free throw percentage record (89.1).
During her senior season in 2000-01, Sawatzky was named the NSIC Player of the Year, leading the NSIC in field goal percentage and averaging 15.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in 30 games. She was named first team Daktronics All-Region and WBCA honorable mention All-America, while helping lead the Mustangs to the 2001 NSIC regular season championship and its first-ever appearance in the NCAA tournament.
A three-time first team All-NSIC honoree, Sawatzky was named NSIC Newcomer of the Year in 1997-98 and led SMSU in rebounding all four seasons, while leading the team in scoring for three seasons.
Sawatzky, a kindergarten teacher in the Lac Qui Parle Valley school district, lives in Appleton, Minnesota, with her husband, Scott, and their three children Rylee, Carson, Maya.
Joining Schreier in this year’s NSIC Hall of Fame class include: Donna Palivec, Bemidji State University; James McNear III, Concordia University, St. Paul; Nate Hendrickson, Minnesota State University Moorhead; Ryan Miller, Northern State University; Emily (Schroeder) Jones, Wayne State College; and Cyndy (Schubbe) Jones, Winona State University.
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