Maura McAfee

Hope College basketball player Maura McAfee has been chosen to the Basketball Coaches Association of Michigan 2015 Academic-Athletic Teams.

The junior forward from Midland, Michigan (Midland HS), is one of five women’s and five men’s basketball players across all divisions across the state honored.

McAfee joined University of Michigan’s Nicole Elmblad, Michigan Tech University’s Jillian Ritchie, Central Michigan University’s Kerby Tamm and Calvin College’s Breanna Verkaik as recipients.

To be eligible, nominees have to be either a starter or an important reserve, must have reached sophomore standings, have participated in at least 50 percent of their team’s games, and have at least a 3.0 grade point average.

McAfee is majoring in physical therapy and carries a 3.80 GPA.

Hope coach Brian Morehouse said McAfee exemplifies what the college looks for in student-athletes.

“She strives for excellence on and off the court,” Morehouse said. “Her balance in life combined with her work ethic leads to great results in her quest to be a Physical Therapist and outstanding basketball player.”

McAfee led the Flying Dutch to a 25-5 record and sectional semifinal appearance in the NCAA Division III Tournament.

McAfee averaged a career-high 14.4 points per game this season. She totaled 431 points, tying for fifth in a single-season in Hope history with Carrie Snikkers (2008-09).

McAfee also grabbed a school-record 312 rebounds this season.