Kline caps BC career with All-Region honor

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Jim Franz/Beloit Daily News Beloit College senior Shelby Kline was named Second Team All-Central Region.

BELOIT - Beloit College senior guard Shelby Kline has been named Second Team All-Central Region by D3hoops.com.

Kline, the Midwest Conference Player of the Year, is the sixth player in program history to be named the league's player of the year since the inception of the award following the 1995-96 season.

In addition, the Hononegah High School graduate represented Beloit College with First Team All-MWC honors this season. Kline, a 2017-18 second team pick, was named the league's player of the week twice this season.

The two-year captain led the conference in scoring this season with 18.1 points per game, a top 50 mark in NCAA Division III women's basketball. She also topped the MWC in three pointers made with 83, the fifth most in the nation in D-III. Her 3.2 assists per game, 2.2 steals per contest, three-point percentage of 37.9 and average of 34.2 minutes played per game were all top 10 marks in the conference.

Kline joined the 1,000 career point club in January and boasts a career total of 1,197 points, the seventh most in program history.

• TWO BUCS HONORED: Nicole Dolcimascolo and Alexa Arakelian have been named Midwest Women's Lacrosse Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week.

The juniors led the Buccaneers to a 1-1 week that included an 11-8 loss to Concordia Wisconsin and an 11-1 victory at Benedictine. Dolcimascolo registered seven goals and an assist in the pair of MWLC games last week. The midfielder posted four goals in the team's home opener against CUW and followed up that performance with three against the Eagles Saturday.

Arakelian, the Bucs' netminder, went the distance in both contests in net recording 20 saves, a .625 save percentage over the two-game span.

Beloit heads to Dubuque for a matchup with Clarke University at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

• PACKARD SALUTED: After a pair of standout performances in victories last week, Valparaiso University junior pitcher Kelsie Packard (Turner]) has been named the Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Week.

Packard started her week with a strong relief effort at NC State in Valpo's third win over an ACC program all-time. The junior entered with two on and nobody out in the third inning of the eventual win and escaped the jam without a run scoring. She would go the remainder of the way against a Wolfpack team which entered the game averaging more than five runs per game and leading the nation in home runs per game, throwing five shutout innings, striking out six and giving up just three hits.

Packard followed up her winning effort against the Wolfpack with a strong performance against a Lipscomb squad Sunday which finished 54th in RPI last season. Packard pitched a career-high 10 innings and gave up just one run on four hits while striking out nine. The junior pitched three innings of international tiebreak softball without surrendering a run, allowing Valpo to pick up the 2-1 win in the 10th inning.

For the week, Packard posted a 0.47 ERA in 15 innings of work while striking out 15 and allowing opponents to hit just .137 against her. With the pair of wins, she is now 6-4 on the season. She has now given up one run or fewer in six of her last seven appearances, including five starts, and is 5-0 with a save over that stretch and has seen her ERA drop from 4.48 to 2.29.

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