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Player of the Week No. 7

February 14, 2012
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By Jake Knabel, Communications & Sports Information Intern, jknabel@naia.org

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Amber Kistler of Concordia (Neb.) has been named the NAIA National Division II Women’s Basketball Player of the Week, the national office announced Tuesday. Kistler was selected based on her performances from Feb. 6 – 12 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.

Kistler continued to prove herself as one of the nation’s top long-range snipers in a big week for her and No. 2 Concordia. Her 14-for-19 shooting effort from beyond the arc ignited the Bulldogs to three wins over the past week, including victories over No. 7 Northwestern (Iowa) and No. 11 Briar Cliff (Iowa). In the 102-96 triumph over Briar Cliff, she poured in a career-high 37 points on a near-perfect shooting night in which she netted all eight 3-point field goal attempts. For the week, she averaged 25.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and shot 24-for-35 (68.6 percent) from the field and 15-of-16 (93.8 percent) from the charity stripe.

The 5-foot-9 senior guard from Minatare, Neb., is second on her team in scoring with 14.5 points per game, while ranking 11th in the nation in free throw percentage (84.8) and 12th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.4). Kistler has Concordia atop the Great Plains Athletic Conference with a 16-2 league mark.

For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.

The next Player of the Week announcement will be on Feb. 21.

Nominees: Hannah Steele, Jamestown (N.D.); Steffani Liscum, Arizona Christian; Kylie Westover, Dakota State (S.D.); Chelsea Harris, Bethel (Kan.); Theresa Elworth, Saint Mary (Neb.); Olivia Moore, Brescia (Ky.); Jennifer Jorgensen, Grand View (Iowa); Kylee Bittner, Dickinson State (N.D.); Dominique Butler, Florida Memorial; Chelsea Andorka, Daemen (N.Y.); Paige Smith, Indiana Wesleyan; Lindsey Waters, Union (Ky.); Shantelle Herring, Madonna (Mich.); Alex Starr, Purdue Calumet (Ind.); Taylor Borba, William Jessup (Calif.); Chelsey Christensen, Warner Pacific (Ore.).

2011 Composite Award Winners (Schedule)
Week 1: Lindsey Waters, Union (Ky.)
Week 2: Kendra De Jong, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 3: Kayla Drake, Saint Francis (Ind.)
Week 4: Teonika Webb, Virginia Intermont
Week 5: Kami Kuhlmann, Northwestern (Iowa)
Week 6: Alexsis Brown, Cal Maritime
Week 7: Amber Kistler, Concordia (Neb.)