Ristau Earns 1st Team Honors & Wolves Classroom Success

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (NSUWolves.com)  – The D2CCA announced Tuesday the 2017-18 Women’s Basketball All-Region Teams, with Northern State senior Miranda Ristau being named to the All-Central Region first team. Sports information directors from NCAA Division II Central Region schools and conferences selected the D2CCA all‐region teams. The process concludes with All‐American selections announced later in the month.

Ristau led the NSIC averaging 19.8 points per game in league play, as well as 7.8 rebounds per game. She finished the regular season top-5 in the league in field goal percentage (53.9), offensive rebounds per game (3.0), and blocked shots (2.1), and top-10 in rebounds per game (8.0) and free throw percentage (81.3). The Warner native sits top-25 in the nation in points per game and field goal percentage. She tallied five double-doubles in league play & scored double figures in 22 of 23 games. Ristau accumulated 89 points in the Wolves four post-season games, helping lead the team to their first regional victory in five seasons over Arkansas Tech.

She became a member of the Northern State 1,000 point club in the Wolves win over MSU Moorhead and sits sixth all-time in scoring with 1,461 total points. The senior also sits 14th all-time with 680 total rebounds. She recorded a career high 35 points against St. Cloud State, and was named the NSIC Player of the Week six times this season. Ristau has started all 32 games for the Wolves and leading the team in total points, scoring average, field goal attempts, field goals made, field goal percentage, free throw attempts, free throws made, total rebounds, rebounding average, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, and blocked shots. She was honored as the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year, named to the All-NSIC first team, and the NCAA Central Region All-Tournament team.


AUSTIN, Texas (NSUWolves.com) -Northern State University senior center Miranda Ristau headlines the 2017-18 Academic All-America® Division II Basketball Teams as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), being named the Academic All-American® of the year. Fellow senior, DJ Pollard was also named to the Academic All-America® First Team on the men’s side.

The Division II Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 Division II Academic All-America® teams program.

Ristau a native of Warner, South Dakota, was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Player of the Year and finished the year leading the squad by averaging 19.8 points per game. The Wolves lead the country in rebounding thanks to Ristau’s team high 7.8 boards per game, while her team ranks sixth in the nation in field goal shooting percentage aided by Ristau’s 56.3 percent shooting efforts (254-of-451). She joined Northern State’s 1,000 career point club this season and currently ranks sixth in school history with 1,461 career points.

Ristau is making her first appearance on the Academic All-America® Division II Basketball Team thanks to a perfect 4.00 GPA as a biology major. She helped the Wolves earn an at-large berth into the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Tournament, where Northern State upended Arkansas Tech in the first round, for the program’s first postseason win in five years, and fell to Augustana University in the semifinal round of the Central Region Tournament.

Pollard has started all 36 games for the Wolves this season, and is averaging 12.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49.7 percent from the floor, 42.0 percent from the arc, and 82.4 percent from the foul line. The St. Louis Park native, has tallied 30 game in double figure scoring this season, and 22 games shooting 50.0 percent or better from the floor. He finished the NSIC regular season 23rd in scoring (13.3) and eighth in free throw percentage (82.2). Pollard ranks 18th all-time in scoring at Northern State with 1,483 total points. He leads the team in total points, scoring average, and free throws made. Pollard was named the NSIC/Sanford Health Tournament MVP after Northern’s championship victory over Southwest Minnesota State. In addition he was named to the NSIC All-Conference second team.

The six CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II men’s basketball first team members hold a composite 3.93 GPA. Three members of the 15-player first, second and third teams honorees hold a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA. In addition, the six CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division II women’s basketball first team members hold a composite 3.94 GPA. Seven members of the 16-player first, second and third teams honorees hold a perfect 4.00 cumulative GPA.