The honors keep coming after the Fort Hays State University women's basketball team's historic run in 2014-15.
On Monday, the Tigers' senior center Kate Lehman became the program's first NCAA Division II first-team All-American as she was named one of the top five players in the country. The first women's player to tally 1,000-plus points, 1,000-plus rebounds, and 500-plus blocked shots in a career, Lehman also was named a finalist for the 2015 WBCA Player of the Year award.
Lehman is one of four finalists for the award, which will be announced at the WBCA Awards Show on April 6 in Tampa, Fla.
Lehman, the MIAA Player of the Year, also also named to the Daktronics/Division II Conference Commissioners Association All-America First Team on Monday.
Also announced Monday, FHSU Coach Tony Hobson was named the United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division II Central Region Coach of the Year. The honor automatically makes him a finalist for National Coach of the Year. Hobson guided the Tigers to a 30-4 mark, its best since joining Division II, and the Tigers captured their first MIAA regular season championship, and played in the program's first NCAA Division II regional championship game. Hobson now has a 545-177 record as a head coach.
This was the fourth consecutive season FHSU won at least 20 games as Hobson earned a Coach of the Year honor in some form for the 13th time in his 23-year career at various levels. Hobson also was named the MIAA Coach of the Year this season.
Nick Schwien is managing editor at The Hays Daily News.