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Hackert's super month yields national award

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University of Southern Indiana women's basketball sophomore forward/center Anna Hackert (Evansville, Indiana) has been named the Women's Division II Bulletin Player of the Month for January.

In nine Great Lakes Valley Conference games, Hackert has averaged 16.9 points and 10.9 rebounds while shooting 53.3 percent from the field. She racked up five double-doubles, including a current streak of four, and has a team-high seven on the season.

Hackert was twice named the GLVC Player of the Week in January, the first time coming January 7 after she led the Screaming Eagles to wins over the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Maryville University. In those contests, Hackert averaged 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds and shot 56.0 percent from the field. She had 20 points and 15 rebounds in USI's 69-63 win over Maryville.

Her second GLVC Player of the Week award came January 21 after she led the Eagles to wins over Saint Joseph's College and then-No. 5 ranked University of Indianapolis. Her 21 points, 10 rebounds, and four blocks against UIndy were instrumental in leading the Eagles to a 70-69 win over the Greyhounds.

Hackert's efforts in the last three games have been particularly strong, where she has averaged 17.3 points and 13.7 rebounds. She racked up 14 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in USI's loss at Kentucky Wesleyan College; had 19 points and 10 rebounds in USI's loss at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; and had 19 points and 11 rebounds in USI's setback at Lewis University.

A graduate of Memorial High School and a mathematics and teaching major at USI, Hackert is the first USI women's player to earn Division II Bulletin Player of the Month honors since Ellen Young earned the award for her play in December of 2009. She is the third in the program's history to earn the accolade—Jessica Stuckman was the first when she earned the honor for her play in January of 2002.

For the season, Hackert leads the GLVC in total rebounds (9.6 rpg), offensive rebounds (3.9 orpg), and field goal percentage (.552). She is third in the GLVC in defensive rebounds (5.8 drpg), second in double-doubles (7), tied for seventh in scoring (15.1 ppg), and tied for 14th in blocks (0.8 bpg).

USI returns to action Thursday at 5:15 p.m. when it takes on Bellarmine University at the Physical Activities Center.

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