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MT alum Cassidy Lovett named Wilmington’s first-ever OAC Defensive Player of the Year

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Cassidy Lovett. (Wilmington College photo)
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For the first time in program history, a member of the Wilmington College women's basketball team has received the Ohio Athletic Conference (OAC) Defensive Player of the Year award. The award was first given out in 2019, and Quakers guard Cassidy Lovett earned the honor Thursday, as well as being named Second Team All-OAC. 

This is the first time in her career that Lovett (Washington Court House/Miami Trace HS) has been named All-Conference.

Despite Wilmington missing out on the OAC Tournament, Lovett led the conference in steals with 79 over 24 games. Capital University's Bri O'Connor was second in the conference with 78 steals despite playing in 27 games. Lovett's steal total is tied for 33rd in NCAA Division III this season.

Lovett had five or more steals in seven games, with nine steals at Earlham College on Dec. 18, 2023. That is the second-most steals in a single game in program history. Her single-season steals mark of 79 is third-best in program history, and her 176 career steals place her fourth in program history.

Lovett was also great on the offensive end, scoring 340 points, good for sixth most in the OAC. She scored in double digits during 15 games, while scoring 20 or more points five times. Lovett scored a career-high 28 points at the University of Mount Union on Jan. 20.

She was sixth in the OAC with 65 offensive rebounds and ninth in the conference with 60 assists. She was second on the team with 136 total rebounds and third with 71 defensive rebounds.

Lovett also recorded a pair of double-doubles against John Carroll University on Dec. 16, 2023 (25 points, 13 rebounds) and Marietta College on Jan. 27 (21 points, 12 rebounds).

Rounding out Lovett’s fantastic season was an OAC Player of the Week nod on Dec. 18, 2023, after her great performance against John Carroll.

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