North Alabama guard Ivy Wallen was officially named the NCAA Division II women's basketball statistical champion for assists per game on Tuesday.
The sophomore finished the 2017-18 season averaging 9.4 assists per game in 19 games before suffering a season ending injury on January 25. That total didn't reach the minimum percentage of games a player must participate in in order to claim the title but upon finalizing the statistics for the season the NCAA used the 'Declared Champions' policy to reinstate her as the national leader.
The policy states, "If a player has participated in less than the required percentage of the team's games, but the player's per-game average still would be highest in the nation if charged with the necessary required games, the player shall be declared champion."
In total, she finished the year with 178 total assists, 100 rebounds, 33 steals and averaged 17.5 points per game for the Lions.