steal /stēl/ verb : to take (something that you are not supposed to have) without asking for permission.
thief /THēf/ noun: a person who steals another person's property, especially by stealth and without using force or violence.
Nothing is more disruptive to an offense on the hardcourt than a defender who consistently takes what isn’t theirs. While three-pointers and fast-breaks get crowds excited, most coaches will agree a take-away in the back-court, before the opposition offense can get setup, can turn a game around. We take a look the ladies setting the bar in steals this season in D3 Women's basketball.
6. Minnie Frederick-Childress – Bethany Lutheran (4.50 steals per game)
Photo and feature photo courtesy of Bethany Lutheran Athletics
With 16 takeaways in her last three games, BR-271 Bethany Lutheran junior guard Minnie Frederick-Childress (in a photo by Bethany Lutheran Athletics) lifted her steal total on the season to a D3-best 63. Her 4.5 steals per game sits sixth overall in that category.
The Vikings moved to .500 on the season with a 70-52 victory over BR-84 North Central, in which Frederick-Childress scored the first 11 points of the game. Her 12.4 points per game is third for the Vikings, and she leads the team with 2.9 assists per game.