UNIONTOWN, Pa. - Illinois Tech women's basketball player Shannon O'Donnell not only had one of the best seasons in school history this year, but also one of the best freshmen seasons in the nation. On Tuesday, she was rewarded by the United States Collegiate Athletic Association for her hard work with a Second Team All-American Selection.
Despite frequently taking on the opponent's toughest defender from game-to-game, O'Donnell played with remarkable efficiency all season, averaging 17.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.7 assists per game, all of which led the team. Her scoring total ranked third in the USCAA, while her 178 free throw attempts led the association by over 30. The three-time Player of the Week award winner (twice from the Association of Division III Independents, once from the USCAA) And AD3I Player of the Month for January also shot a strong 43.6% from the field while predominantly playing the point guard position.
The numbers for O'Donnell are even more impressive when one looks at her game log. She scored over 20 points in 16 of her 21 games and dropped over 30 twice, including a season-high of 34 on January 4 against USCAA Championships qualifier St. Mary of the Woods. The Lemont, Illinois native got to the free throw line seemingly at will, as her season featured a stretch of seven games (from January 4 through January 25) where she shot at least eight free throw attempts. She also tallied three double-doubles on the year, seven games with a shooting percentage of over 50%, and season highs of 14 rebounds (also against SMOW) and eight assists (at Grace Bible on February 16).