INDIANAPOLIS--Just like she has for most of the season, Adrian College sophomore forward Sha'Trice Graves enters the new year as the NCAA Division III leader in blocked shots with 45 for an average of 3.75.
In all Divisions, Graves is tied for sixth overall in the nation. The criminal justice major's hometown is the location for the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Graves' 45 blocked shots ranks third-most in an Adrian single-season. In her last outing against Wisconsin-River Falls Saturday, she passed Tricia Clark who had 43 during the 1994-95 campaign.
Some of Graves' contenders in Division III include Kelly Williams of Randolph-Macon (Old Dominion Athletic Conference) with 39 in 11 games, Jasmine Sorrells of Oberlin (North Coast Athletic Conference) who has 38 in 10, and Hilbert's (Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference) Katelyn Proy who has 38 blocks in 12 contests.
On the school's all-time chart, Graves has 75 for her career tying Joanne Isaacson (1988-89, '90-92) for third place.
Earlier this season, she set a school record with eight blocks in a game versus Manchester in the Nov. 9 opener--which is tied for the fourth-most in the NCAA.
Charting Graves' success in 2018-19, she has recorded a blocked shot in all but one contest. She has multiple blocks in 11 outings. She has 25 at home and 20 on the road; 20 in wins and 25 in losses; and 25 in November, 20 in December. In four Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association games only, she has tallied 17.
As a freshman, Graves totaled 30 blocks for eighth in the MIAA. In 2018-19, she also is having a career year in other categories including scoring (6.1 points per game), rebounding (8.4 rebounds per game) and steals (12).
The Bulldogs women's basketball team will turn the page to 2019 for their first game in the new calendar year on Wednesday (7:30 p.m.) versus MIAA foe Calvin. The game is part of the P.C.U.P.S. Prostate Cancer Awareness Week initiative.
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