ATLANTA – Junior forward Kaylee Otlowski of the Salisbury University women's basketball team was named a 2021 Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division III Coaches' All-America selection, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. Otlowski joins nine other players recognized by the WBCA as the best of the best Division III.
Otlowski becomes just the fourth Sea Gull to earn WBCA All-America recognition and the first since 2003. Josie Harper was Salisbury's first All-American in 1983 while Amy Campion earned All-America status in back-to-back seasons in 2002 and 2003. The last Sea Gull to earn an honorable mention nod was Anna Hackett in 2015.
"This year, Kaylee continued to prove why she is one of the best in the country," said Salisbury head women's basketball coach Kelly Baskow. "She has the consistency on both ends of the court, and the heart to fuel that consistency. That combination makes her hard to stop."
A junior from Landenburg, Pa., Otlowski owned the paint throughout the 2021 slate, averaging a double-double for the second-straight season. Otlowski scored 15.0 points, shooting 55.9 percent from the floor and 82.4 percent from the free-throw line, and pulled down 12.8 rebounds per contest over six official games. She also dished out 2.5 assists per game and contributed 2.7 steals and 1.2 blocks per game.
Otlowski, who last week was named to the D3Hoops.com All-Atlantic/Mid-Atlantic Region team, recorded double-doubles in five out of six games during the truncated 2021 season, giving her 21 for her three-year SU career. She opened the campaign with a 20-point, 15-rebound effort in a Jan. 25 win at Montclair State. A month later in the Feb. 22 season finale against Marymount (Va.), Otlowski went out with a flourish, scoring 16 points and hauling in 16 boards.
Through three seasons as a Sea Gull, Otlowski has averaged 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game, improving her numbers in each season. She has started 58 of her 60 career games at SU.
Thanks in large part to Otlowski's efforts, the Sea Gulls went 6-0 in the pandemic-shortened 2021 campaign, completing the seventh undefeated season in program history and the first since 1955-56.