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Holmes garners D3Hoops honor

Jordan Holmes

Just one day after being named North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Week for the second time this season, Denison junior post Jordan Holmes was awarded a spot on the National Team of the Week for the second time in her collegiate-career following a pair of record-breaking performances last weekend.

Holmes garnered her sixth-career NCAC Player of the Week accolade after setting two conference and school records in a pair of victories at the North Park University Thanksgiving Tournament. On Saturday against the host Vikings, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native registered eight blocked shots en route to becoming the NCAC's all-time leader in career rejections, surpassing the mark set by former Denison standout Kristen Sheffield (336) set in 2007. Holmes also grabbed at least 20 rebounds for the fourth time this season against North Park.

Less than 24 hours later, Holmes registered her fourth-career triple-double after totaling 15 points, 19 rebounds and 13 blocks in a 48-44 win over Elmhurst. The junior's 13 blocks broke her own school and conference records for blocks in a game, which was 11, set in the 2013-14 season. Her blocks total also tied the fifth-highest single-game mark in Division III history.

In Sunday's win, Holmes became a co-holder of the NCAA Division III record for career triple-doubles along with Mount Union's Suzy Venet (1995-98) and Prinicipia's Lindsay Sydness (2009-12). Holmes' triple-double total also ranks tied for fourth across all three divisions of the NCAA.

At the conclusion of the tournament, Holmes was named Tournament MVP after averaging 10 points and 19.5 rebounds to go along with 21 total blocks. In 61 career games, she has 355 blocks and 918 rebounds. Holmes, who led all of Division III in blocks per game each of the last two seasons, currently ranks tied for 15th on the Division III all-time blocks list. This season, she leads the nation in total (19.1) and defensive (15) rebounds per game and ranks second in blocks per game (6.57), double-doubles (5) and triple-doubles (1).

Holmes and the Big Red (5-2) will open NCAC play on Wednesday (Dec. 2) when they host Oberlin at 7:30 p.m.

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