Haller Picked as December Athlete of the Month

Nina Haller '17 - December Athlete of the Month
Nina Haller '17 - December Athlete of the Month

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior Nina Haller (Chevy Chase, Md./Bethesda-Chevy Chase) earned the St. Mary's College of Maryland Athlete of the Month award for the month of December. Haller was a unanimous selection by the Department of Athletics & Recreation management team.

A 6-3 center on the Seahawks women's basketball team, she averaged 14.6 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 3.0 blocks per game while shooting 48.2-percent from the floor to lead St. Mary's during the month of December. Haller totaled 57 rebounds in seven games, including 43 defensive boards.

She collected her first two double-doubles of the season in the non-conference victory over Shenandoah University (Dec. 5) and at Washington College (Dec. 17). Haller tallied a season-best 25 points, a career-high 16 rebounds, and a season-best six blocks against Shenandoah while shooting a season-high 58.8-percent from the field.

Haller posted 13 points, 10 boards, and a season-high six blocks at Washington College while contributing nine points, seven caroms, and a season-best three steals in St. Mary's first Capital Athletic Conference win of the season – a 68-59 victory over Penn State Harrisburg on December 10.

She currently ranks second in the conference in both rebounding (9.2 rpg) and blocks per game (2.3 bpg) while coming in ninth in scoring with a 12.8 average. 

The Seahawks will back in action on Wednesday, January 11 as St. Mary's travels to Newport News, Virginia to take on No. 8 Christopher Newport University (13-0, 6-0 CAC) in league action at 5:30 p.m.

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DECEMBER ATHLETE OF THE MONTH HONOR ROLL

  • MEN'S BASKETBALL: Matt Ayoub, Fy., Guard, Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson

PAST ATHLETES OF THE MONTH

  • SEPTEMBER – Gillian Sawyer, Sr., Forward, Columbia, Md./Wilde Lake 
  • OCTOBER – Mimi Graf, Sr., Setter/Right-side Hitter, Annapolis, Md./Broadneck
  • NOVEMBER – Matt Walchuck, Sr., Freestyle, Middletown, Pa./Middletown
  • DECEMBER – Nina Haller, Sr., Center, Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson