Madison Braun was named to the 2018 NAIA II Women’s Basketball All-America First Team.
Madison Braun, a 5-8 senior guard from Bellevue, Neb., is a first-team selection on the 2018 NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball All-America Team.
Braun, the 2018 Hauff Mid-America Sports/Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) Player of the Year, was the seventh leading scorer in the nation with an average of 20.4 points per game for the Mustangs’ highest scoring average since Brittany Carper scored at a 21.5-point clip in the 2003-04 campaign. Braun was the Mustangs’ leading scorer in 25 of their 34 contests. She scored in double figures in 33 of the Mustangs’ 34 contests and finished her career with a streak of 29 consecutive double figure scoring performances. Braun had 16 scoring performances of 20 points or more, including a career-high 38 points against Northwestern College for the Mustangs’ highest scoring effort since Carper scored 38 points against Hastings College in 2004.
Braun did much of her scoring from long range and was the NAIA II national leader with 128 3-point field goals and an average of 3.8 3-point field goals per game. Braun, who finished two shy of Morningside’s single-season record with her 128 3-point field goals, made 128 of 286 3-point attempts for 44.8 percent to lead the Mustangs in 3-point shooting accuracy. She made 234 of 483 overall field goal attempts for 48.4 percent and was one of the best free throw shooters in the nation with a team-high 99 free throws in 118 attempts for 83.9 percent.
Aside from her scoring exploits, Braun led the Mustangs with 111 steals for the fourth highest total in the nation and ranked fifth nationally with an average of 3.3 steals per game. Braun finished the season with a streak of 20 consecutive games with a steal, including a career-high nine steals against eventual NAIA II National Champion Dakota Wesleyan University for the Mustangs’ highest theft total since Dani Gass had nine steals against Northwestern during the 2008-09 season. She averaged a career-high 3.9 rebounds per game to rank fourth on the Mustangs in rebounding and ranked third on the team in assists with 75 for a norm of 2.2 per game.
Braun is Morningside’s all-time leader with 380 career 3-point field goals and the fourth leading scorer in school history with 1967 career points. She ranks second in the Mustangs’ annals with 391 career steals.
Morningside posted a 22-12 record during the 2017-18 season for its 15th consecutive 20-win season. The Mustangs made their 16th consecutive appearance in the NAIA Division II Women’s Basketball National Championship, where they lost 84-71 against Saint Xavier University in the tournament’s second round.
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