Sophomore Sha'Trice Graves Leads NCAA Division III in Blocked Shots

Adrian College sophomore forward Sha'Trice Graves has been one of the nation's top shot blockers in NCAA Women's Basketball all season. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Adrian College sophomore forward Sha'Trice Graves has been one of the nation's top shot blockers in NCAA Women's Basketball all season. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

INDIANAPOLIS--Adrian College sophomore forward Sha'Trice Graves leads Division III with 42 blocked shots after the Bulldogs women's basketball team ended their fall semester schedule with 11 games. In all Divisions, she is tied for third overall in the nation.

The criminal justice major's hometown is the location for the headquarters of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which did not include Adrian's game against Kalamazoo on Monday since the official statistical report was generated on Sunday. However, since none of the other contenders did not see action yesterday, the Lighthouse Charter School graduate leads NCAA III with 3.82 blocks per game.

Graves' 42 blocked shots ranks fourth in Adrian single-season history; next up is No. 3 Tricia Clark, who had 43 in 1994-95. On the Bulldogs career list, she has 72 for a fifth-place tie with Audrey Seymour (1989-93); next up is No. 4 Kim Olech, who had 74 from 2006-08. Earlier this season, she set a school record with eight blocks in a game versus Manchester in the Nov. 9 opener--which is tied for the fourth-most in the NCAA.

Charting Graves' success in 2018-19, she has recorded a blocked shot in all but one contest. She has multiple blocks in 10 outings. She has 22 at home and 20 on the road; 20 in wins and 22 in losses; and 25 in November, 17 in December. In four Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association games only, she has tallied 17.

As a freshman, Graves totaled 30 blocks for eighth in the MIAA. In 2018-19, she also is having a career year in other categories including scoring (6.1 points per game), rebounding (8.4 rebounds per game) and steals (12).

Adrian will be idle until its post-Christmas game on Saturday, Dec. 29, against non-conference opponent Wisconsin-River Falls at home, starting at 1 p.m. That also wraps up the calendar year 2018.

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