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Dietz Named 2006 NCAA Woman of the Year From NCC

With the 2006-07 women's basketball season only days away, it might have appeared the Bulldogs are getting comfortable with Lindsey Dietz on the sideline. Leave it to the NCAA to rightly honor her and bring her back out onto the court for one last hurrah. The NCAA has announced that Dietz has been named the North Central Conference Woman of the Year, capping off a sky limiting career whose list of awards and honors are for the ages.

Dietz is one of thirty female athletes from across the country who were honored by the NCAA through their respected conferences. She is the second Bulldog in as many years to garner the award, as Heather Hamilton represented the state of Minnesota in the same capacity a year ago before the guidelines were changed.

Dietz capped off a remarkable four-year career with he Bulldogs by being named the Stan Marshall Award winner for the NCC, and was the recipient of both the UMD Outstanding Senior Female Athlete Award and the E.L. "Duce" Rasmussen Award (UMD's top scholar-athlete) in 2005-06. This past March the 6-0 forward was chosen to the NCAA Division II Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball First Team for a second straight season and landed her third consecutive Daktronics All-American honor (second team in 2006, first team in 2005 and third team in 2004). Dietz, who is only the second three-time basketball All-American the Bulldogs have ever produced (she joins NCAA II career scoring leader Dina Kangas, 1987-91 in that elite group), also was a repeat selection on the All-NCC Team in 2005-06 and received Daktronics All-North Central Region first team recognition for the third time in as many years. The NCC Player of the Year as junior and the conference's top scorer in each of the past two seasons, Dietz holds down the No. 2 spot on UMD's all-time scoring charts with 2,115 points in 104 games (a 20. 3 points per outing clip). She is the proud owner of six Bulldog records, including field goal accuracy in a single season (.664 set in 2005-06) and most free throws made (678) and attempted (721) in a career. Dietz, the 2005-06 UMD co-captain, holds the distinction of being the only player to ever lead the Bulldogs in scoring four times. As a mathematics and psychology double major with a 3.97 cumulative grade point average, Dietz's academic achievements have been equally as impressive. In 2005-06, she received the prestigious ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American Player of the Year award for the second season in a row. She's qualified for the Dean's List eight semesters while earning NCC/Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Team acclaim on three occasions (2004-06).

--Courtesy UMD Sports Information