The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced its 2013 Division II All-America teams and Kendra De Jong of Hospers was named the national player of the year. The All-America Teams are selected by the NAIA All-America committee.
De Jong led the Red Raiders in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game, and ranked fifth in the NAIA in rebounding, pulling down 10.9 per game. The senior shot 53% from the field, dished out 70 assists and totaled 60 steals. De Jong recorded 17 double-doubles this season, including 12 straight to finish they year. She scored in double figure in 32 of the Red Raiders 34 games and finishes third all-time in scoring (2,388pts), first in rebounding (1,231), third in steals (248) and seventh in blocked shots (73).
De Jong earned first team All-American honors for the third straight year and was also named to the national championship all-tournament team. She is one of four Northwestern players to be named national player of the year, joining Rachel Binneboese (2000, 2001), Deb Remmerde-Leusink (2006, 2008) and Becca (Hurley) Kramer (2011).
Northwestern recently finished its 2013 season with a 26-8 overall record, losing in the semifinals to Davenport (Mich.).