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Madison Temple Named Jostens Trophy Finalist

Madison Temple Named Jostens Trophy Finalist

(SALEM, Va.) - Thomas More University senior guard Madison Temple (Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson) is one of 10 national finalists for the Jostens Trophy.

The Jostens Trophy is awarded to an outstanding NCAA Division III men's and women's basketball player who excels on the floor, in the classroom and in the community.

Temple was named the American Collegiate Athletic Association (ACAA) Player of the Year as she helped the Saints win the ACAA Championship and a 27-0 record as well as the No. 1-national ranking heading into the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.

Temple, a pre-season All-American, leads the team in scoring (23.7 per game), rebounding (7.1 per game), assists (155) and steals (78).  She is shooting 62.0 percent (230-of-371) from the field, including 44.4 percent (40-of-90) from behind the three-point arc.

Entering the NCAA tournament, Temple is the all-time leading scorer in program history with 2,048 career points and is the all-time assist leader with 553 career assists.  She also has 756 career rebounds, 254 steals and 72 blocks in four years at Thomas More.

Off the court, Temple is a sports & entertainment marketing major and carries a 3.617 cumulative grade point average, while she also has been named to the 2019 CoSIDA Academic All-District II team.  On campus, Temple serves on the Saints' Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), while volunteering with Special Olympics and the Northern Kentucky Catholic Charities Organization.

The Jostens Trophy is a national award created by the Rotary Club of Salem to honor the most outstanding men's and women's NCAA Division III basketball players of the year. The award takes into account three vital parts: basketball ability, academic prowess, and community service. The trophy models the Rotary International motto of "Service Above Self" by recognizing those who truly fit the ideal of the well-rounded NCAA Division III student-athlete. This year's class marks the 22nd year the awards have been presented.

The Rotary Club of Salem is responsible for the initial review of nominations and narrowed the collection of candidates over the past two weeks. The Club's Jostens Trophy Committee employs a numerical rating system in determining the lists of finalists. The system ensures an objective process thru the first round of vetting. The 20 finalists continue thru the review process, with a national selection committee of 30 or more individuals charged with determining the two winners of the 2019 Jostens Trophy honors.