ST. LOUIS - For the third-straight season, Drake University women’s basketball senior Becca Hittner is the Jackie Stiles Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, the MVC announced Thursday, March 12.
Hittner joins just Kristi Cirone of Illinois State (2007, 2008, 2009) and Jackie Stiles of Missouri State (1999, 2000, 2001) as the only three-time winners of the top MVC player award.
For the third consecutive season, Hittner leads the Valley in scoring at 18.9 points per game. Her free throws made (160), three-point total (70) and three-point percentage of 41.2 are tops in the MVC. Hittner’s shooting percentage of 45.4 ranks fourth while her career-high rebounding average of 6.4 per game is ninth. She upped her numbers in league play, averaging a league-best 21.1 points per game to go with 7.2 rebounds.
She has recorded a career-high six double-doubles this year, scored in double figures in 28-of-30 games and tallied a league-leading three 30-plus and 12 20-plus scoring performances this year.
Hittner’s third MVC Player of the Year award is a league-leading 11th for a Drake player. She is part of an impressive set of former Bulldog stars who have been named MVC Player of the Year. Wanda Ford (1985, 1986), Jan Jensen (1991), Kristi Kinne (1995), Tricia Wakely (1996), Kiersten Miller (1998), Rachael Hackbarth (2012), Kyndal Clark (2014) and Lizzy Wendell (2017) have all claimed the league’s top individual award.
Earlier this week, Hittner was selected to the CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team and to the MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team. In addition, she was named to the All-MVC First Team for the fourth-straight season. Hittner is just the eighth MVC player and fourth Drake player to be picked to the All-MVC First Team four times.