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Thomas More's Temple Named NCAA Division III Athlete of the Year

Madison Temple, who recently graduated from Thomas More University, was named the NCAA Division III Honda Athlete of the Year.

Temple will be part of a live telecast on the CBS Sports Network on Monday at 9 p.m. in the Founders' Room at the Galen Center on the campus of the University of Southern California. 

The honor came about from national balloting among 1,000 NCAA member schools.

"I want to start by saying congratulations to all the other outstanding female athletes up for this award on their successful seasons," said Temple. "It is such an honor to be selected as the Division III Honda Athlete of the Year. I think this award represents the time and dedication I have put into the sport I love, and it shows that hard work pays off. 

"I was tested in the past when I tore both of my ACLs in high school and almost didn’t play in college. I am extremely grateful that I came to Thomas More and got to live out my dream of being a college athlete and winning not one, but two national championships. Of course, this award wouldn’t have been possible if it weren’t for the amazing people I have in my life. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, friends, fans, athletic trainers and the athletic department for your support and believing in me. To my wonderful family, thank you for your love and support every step of the way.  I wouldn’t be half the woman I am if it weren’t for you all keeping me grounded and instilling in me the importance of being a competitor, showing good sportsmanship and always being a positive role model."

Temple has made a clean sweep of the top Division III national awards as she was named the Jostens Trophy winner and the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Division III Player of the Year and WBCA All-American. Off the court, she was named Google Cloud Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and was an Academic All-American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) honoree.

She led her team in scoring (23.5 point per game), rebounds (7.7 per game), assists (187) and steals (92) while helping the Saints win the 2019 NCAA DIII Championship title and an undefeated 33-0 record. She was also third on the team in blocked shots with 23. Temple made 186 free-throws, which is a single-season record at Thomas More, while her 187 assists and 776 points are second in Thomas More single-season records. Her 254 rebounds are third most in a single-season.

Temple finished her career as the school's all-time leader in scoring (2,184), assists (585), made field goals (812) and made free-throws (818), while finishing third in rebounding (818).

“Receiving this award from The Collegiate Women Sports Award presented by Honda is a great accomplishment for Madison and a tremendous way to complete her career at Thomas More University," said head coach Jeff Hans. "She has been an integral part of our basketball program, but more importantly the Thomas Morecommunity."

-Staff report

Photo: Madison Temple (provided)