ANGOLA, IND. -- Trine University senior women's basketball player Brandi Dawson (Garrett, Ind./Garrett) will enter the 2018-19 season as a first-team pre-season All-American by D3hoops.com.
Dawson was one of two players from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association to be named pre-season All-American. Dawson became a two-time D3hoops.com All-American last season with her second-team recognition and was a third-team pick as a sophomore.
Last year, Dawson played in all 30 games, and started 29, and led the team in scoring with a 14.6 points per game average. She also led the team, and the MIAA, in field goal shooting at an impressive 60.6 percent (183-of-302). Her field goal percentage also ranked as the fifth highest nationally and was the third highest percentage in a single season in Trine history. Dawson recorded four double-doubles in 2017-18 and scored in double figures in all but four games with seven games of 20 or more points and a season-high 29-point effort in the season-opener against Defiance (Ohio) College.
In addition to her impressive shooting and scoring totals, Dawson recorded a team-high 185 total rebounds (52 offensive and 133 defensive) and was second in rebounding average at 6.2 boards per game. She also led the team in free-throws made (70) and free-throw attempts (95) to finish with a 73.7 shot percentage. Dawson was third in assists with 45 and was second in both blocked shots (16) and steals (34), defensively.
As a team, Trine posted a record-setting 26 wins (26-4) in 2017-18, along with making an appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament "Sweet 16" for the first time in program history since joining the NCAA in only its second all-time trip to the NCAA postseason. Trine also shared the MIAA Regular-Season Championship, claiming its second overall MIAA title in back-to-back seasons.
Trine will tip-off the 2018-19 season against Denison (Ohio) University on Saturday, Nov. 10 at the MTI Center. The game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.