This week in our features of D2 basketball players, we're focusing on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Both the men's and women's lists boast a ton of talent. Here are our top 5 ladies, hit us up on twitter @HEROSportsNews if you think we missed anybody!
5. Ali Meyer, F/C, Colorado Christian
Ali Meyer is averaging close to a double-double this season, and currently leads the RMAC in rebounding. Her scoring may not be off the charts, but she provides consistent numbers night in and night out – 9.2 points, 8.8 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game.
Practice makes perfect, and Ali says she worked hard to be the monster rebounder she is. "During the offseason I focused on getting stronger and working on finishing around the basket. Although I am tall, I am considered a smaller post because of my size and I have to work to be strong enough to compete. I believe this has transferred into the season as I have been able to clean up the glass and I really love fighting for boards!"
4. Bryanna Adams, G, Colorado Mesa
Bryanna Adams is a recent transfer from Utah State-Eastern, but she's found her home at Colorado Mesa. She's an elite scorer, averaging 17.6 points while also grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game. She's scored 26 points on two different occasions, and there's seemingly no telling when she's going to go off on any given night.
3. Courtney Martin, F, Colorado Mines
Last season, Courtney Martin was an All-RMAC Honorable Mention. This season, she's proving she deserves a spot on First or Second team. She's currently averaging 11.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, and a stellar 2.1 blocks per game, and trust me, you don't want this future petroleum engineer in your face when you're trying to shoot in the paint.
2. Maka Daysh, F, Chadron State
Maka Daysh hails from New Zealand, and came to the scene hot last season as she led the team in rebounding and finishing second in scoring as a true freshman. This season she's averaging close to a double-double every night, with 15.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. If anything, Daysh just needs to cut down on her turnovers, which sit at 2.7 on average, and she's going to be just about unstoppable.
1. Brittany Hernandez, F, Colorado Springs
Our number one slot goes to Brittany Hernandez, the leading scorer in the RMAC. She's currently averaging 21.2 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 steals, and 1.8 blocks per game. Those stats show she's not only a prime candidate for Player of the Year, but she could make a great case for herself for Defensive Player of the Year if the top award goes to someone else.