11 NCAA Div. III national team championships
Hanson is one of the most decorated student-athletes in Central history. She became the first Iowan to receive the NCAA Top VIII Award, presented to the nation’s top student-athletes for distinction in athletics and academic achievement.
Also one of 10 national finalists for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award in 1995, Hanson was Division III women’s winner of the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award and received an NCAA postgraduate scholarship. Hanson, who graduated with a 3.90 grade point average, was also a two-time first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honoree and was the 1994-95 Academic All-America women’s basketball player of the year.
Hanson was a consensus pick as the 1994-95 NCAA Division III women’s basketball player of the year award after being a finalist in 1993-94. She was also a finalist for the Honda Award as the top women’s collegiate Division III athlete in 1994-95.
A two-time first-team all-America pick, she twice led Division III in scoring, averaging 29.6 points in 1993-94 and 27.8 points per game in 1994-95. Central’s all-time scoring champ, Hanson established 15 school records. Her 800 points in 1993-94 rank No. 5 in NCAA Division III season history and she ranks No. 13 on the all-time Division III career scoring list with 2,235 points.
A two-time Iowa Conference MVP, Hanson helped carry the Dutch to three league titles and three NCAA Division III playoff berths. Her career’s crowning achievement was as a member of Central’s 1993 NCAA Division III championship squad. Especially memorable was Hanson’s last-second basket which lifted the unranked Dutch to a 60-59 upset of previously unbeaten St. Benedict (Minn.) in the national semifinals before an overflow crowd at Central’s P.H. Kuyper Gymnasium. Hanson was a member of the 1993 regional and national all-tournament teams.
She also competed in women’s track and field for one season.
While at Central, Hanson received the Joan Farver Scholarship, the college’s top academic scholarship and was involved in numerous service activities. She received a master’s degree from Regent Univ. (Va.) and now lives with her family in Paramount, Calif.