Courtesy of Catholic & Scranton Athletic Communications
TOWSON, Md. – Catholic’s Michelle DeSantis and Scranton’s Sarah Payonk have been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Coaches’ and D3Hoops.com Women’s Basketball All-America teams.
DeSantis was named to the D3Hoops.com Fourth Team while Payonk was an Honorable Mention selection. Both were selected as Honorable Mention by the WBCA.
DeSantis is the third player in Catholic women's basketball history to earn D3hoops.com All-American recognition and second to receive WBCA honors. She also garnered All-Middle Atlantic Region First Team honors and Landmark Conference Player of the Year earlier this month. She is the only guard selected to the All-Region First Team.
DeSantis led the Landmark in 3-point percentage (47.1) for the 2016-16 season. She finished ranked number two in the Landmark for assists (118) and steals (62), as well as third in field goal percentage (51.7).
During her senior campaign, DeSantis posted her highest scoring season with 459 points. She put up double-digit points in 23 games, including a career-high 36 points against Juniata on January 28. DeSantis became the 20th member of Catholic women's basketball's 1000-point club. With 1414 total career points, she is the fourth all-time scorer in Catholic women's basketball history.
Additionally, DeSantis was selected to the Landmark Conference All-Decade team. She was three-time All-Landmark First Team Selections and led the Cardinals to three consecutive appearances in the Landmark Championship Finals and two NCAA Tournament runs.
For Payonk, this marks the second straight season she has been named to both the WBCA and D3Hoops.com All-American Teams, earning a second-team selection to the D3Hoops.com team last year and an honorable mention pick to the WBCA team a season ago.
In 2016-17, Payonk led the Lady Royals to a 26-4 overall mark, as Scranton captured its second straight Landmark Conference championship and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four seasons.
Payonk, who was both an All-Landmark Conference First Team selection and a D3Hoops.com All-Mid-Atlantic Region First Team pick, finished the 2016-17 campaign averaging 11 points per contest, while pulling down 9.4 rebounds a game. Payonk also dished out a team-high 140 assists, while posting 45 steals and 31 blocks, as well.
The 2015-16 Landmark Conference Player of the Year, Payonk will also finish her career etching her name in several of statistical categories in program history, including career total rebounds, where she will end her career as the program's all-time leading rebounder at 1,099 total rebounds.
The 10th highest scorer in program history at 1,319 points, Payonk finishes her career second all-time in assists (511), third in blocks (165), fourth in free throws made (337), and eighth in steals (221).