Morgan Birmelin kept climbing through the ranks of the Mid-Atlantic’s top players and the nation’s most productive National Collegiate Athletic Association Division III guards in her junior season at DeSales University.
The JB Hoops and Honesdale High School alum ranked fourth nationally in assists and eighth in steals among Division III women’s basketball players during the 2017-18 season. The 5-foot-7 guard led the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Conference in both categories.
Birmelin’s postseason honors included a third-team All-Region selection by d3hoops.com and first-team MAC Freedom all-star honors. She moves up from second-team MAC Freedom recognition as a sophomore.
During three seasons at DeSales, Birmelin has already compiled 738 points, 425 assists, 343 rebounds and 232 steals.
Birmelin averaged 10.7 points, 6.6 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 3.9 steals this season. She started all 27 games and shot 38.7 percent from the floor, 22.0 percent from 3-point range and 66.7 percent from the line.
DeSales went 16-11 and had its season end with a 76-59 loss to FDU-Florham in the MAC Freedom final. BIrmelin had 16 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds in a 64-44 semifinal win over King’s.
Birmelin made an impact from the start at DeSales. She started all 27 games as a freshman and 24 of her 28 as a sophomore, leading the team in assists both seasons and in steals as a freshman.
After ranking in the top 50 nationally in assists in each of her first two seasons, Birmelin moved up to fourth in the most recently completed season.