Megan Fogt, a sophomore center for the Hillsdale College women’s basketball team, earned the title “Player of the Week” in the GLIAC South Division on Monday.
“She deserves it,” assistant coach Jonathan Mock said. “Megan is day in and day out one of the hardest workers we have. She doesn’t take a day off.”
The award recognizes her outstanding achievement on the court this season. This includes 13 double-doubles, four of which were in the last six games. She also averaged 17.5 points over the last two games.
She ranks second in GLIAC for her 58 percent field goal average, third for rebounding, and fourth for blocked shots. She specializes in driving to the basket, punishing fouling defenders by making an impressive 64 percent of her free throws.
Her rebounding is remarkable. She has 249 total this season.
“She just wills herself to rebound,” Mock said.
Fogt’s 13 double-doubles outnumber any other Hillsdale player since Katie Cezat in 2008 – 2009. Cezat set the NCAA Division II record that year with her 28 double-doubles.
Receiving notification of the award, Fogt said, was “humbling.” She was in bowling class when she got the text from her coach congratulating her for getting the award.
“I was really honored. I honestly don’t even know what to say,” she said.
Fogt is an exercise science major and hopes to practice occupational therapy after attending graduate school.
“School really comes first for me,” she said. “I always try to make it a focus. I’ve been doing pretty well so far, and I’m hoping to continue.”
She is currently taking 17 credits in addition to playing basketball, a time commitment of multiple hours of practice, film, weightlifting and team meetings every day but Sunday. Doing well can be a challenge, because, as she said, “Hillsdale is not a cakewalk.”
Mock said Fogt shows grit not only on the court but also in class.
“She has a 3.8 GPA, she attacks her school work like that. She’s just an overall good kid.”
The young team has made many strides in recent games, and Fogt said it has been “exciting” to see the improvements.
“It’s been a lot of fun finally seeing some of the hard work paying off,” she said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better team.”