DUBUQUE, Iowa – The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and Allstate Insurance Company have recognized Loras College senior Kaitlin Phillips as a member of the 2016 Good Works Team. She is the only NCAA Division III women’s basketball student-athlete and the first in the College’s history to receive the honor. Phillips joins nine others in the country on the team.
In its fourth year, the award honors college basketball athletes dedicated to bettering the lives of others through giving back to their communities. The Allstate WBCA Good Works Teams is comprised of 10 student-athletes, five from NCAA Division I and five from NCAA Divisions II, III and the NAIA.
Phillips was one of 103 nominees from colleges and universities around the country. Additionally, Phillips is joined by Jordan Saddoris of Central College as representatives of the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
A three-year starter for head coach Justin Heinzen, Phillips has been a cornerstone of the women’s basketball program, leading them to the IIAC Regular Season Championship and Tournament Championship during the 2013-14 season. As of publication, Phillips stands at 962 career points and is looking to become the ninth member of the 1,000-point club in Loras women’s basketball history.
In the classroom, Phillips has been a member of the IIAC All-Academic Team for the past two seasons and enters her final semester with a 3.95 grade point average, triple majoring in international studies, political science and social work.
A native of Hinckley, Illinois, Phillips’s off-the-court career includes numerous service and learning opportunities. Following her sophomore season, Phillips spent her summer in Kitengela, Kenya, volunteering as a teacher at the St. Louis Academy.
During the summer after her junior year, Phillips spent time in New York as a Valder Social Justice Scholar Recipient where she worked with Interfaith Worker Justice and the New York State Labor-Religion Coalition.
“The WBCA is proud to continue its partnership with Allstate in recognizing these impressive student-athletes who are members of the 2016 Good Works Teams and who have invested their time and talents to enhance their respective communities,” WBCA executive director and former Yellow Jacket Danielle Donehew said. “We applaud them for their contributions and look forward to their continued service and leadership to further our society.”
Phillips joins Laremey Becker, University of Nebraska-Kearney; Deanna Busse, St. Ambrose University; Alexis Murphy, Nova Southeastern University; and Karlie Storkson, Westmont College. The members of the Allstate WBCA Good Works Team will be recognized during the 2016 WBCA Convention and at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Final Four in Indianapolis and will also participate in a local service project.
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