For only the third time in league history, students from one school captured both men’s and women’s Player of the Year honors in NCAC basketball. Senior Jack Clement and junior Kasey Schipfer led OWU’s men’s and women’s basketball teams to successful seasons, and the NCAC recognized them as the top players in the league.

Schipfer, a guard, led the league in scoring and was named the top defensive player. She is the first person to win both NCAC Player of the Year and Top Defensive Player.

The women’s team won the NCAC tournament for the first time since 2008-09, defeating Oberlin 79-71 in the final. In their first-round NCAA D-III tournament game against 10th-ranked Gustavus Adolphus, Schipfer led the Battling Bishops with 17 points and 5 rebounds, but they came up short, 84-68, finishing the season at 18–11.

Clement, a wing, also led the NCAC in scoring. The Battling Bishops tied for second place in the league and finished with a 16–10 record.

Kasey Schipfer

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, OH
Majors: Psychology and Exercise Science

Hoops stats:

  • 18.2 points/game (1st in NCAC)
  • 8.6 rebounds/game (4th)
  • 3.0 assists/game (6th)
  • 2.3 steals/game (3rd)
  • 870 free throw pct. (1st)
  • 511 field goal pct. (3rd)

Most memorable game: Our NCAC conference championship game, because it showed all of our team’s hard work paying off. It was such an incredible experience and something I will remember forever.

Pregame routine: Drawing the symbols for Romans 8:28: “God is greater than the highs and the lows” (G>^v) on my wrist before the game and listening to my pregame playlist. I also read Psalm 20 and 111 verses.

Favorite class: Adult Fitness and Prescription, taught by Andrew Busch

OWU Connection experience: I am involved in a year-long research project with another student to do a kinematic analysis of knee valgus during functional tests and layups in collegiate basketball players. It has been a great opportunity to gain experience for future projects at the graduate program level.

Favorite study spot: Beeghly Library

Most memorable campus experience: Having the opportunity to be a part of and speak at the WOW (Women of Wesleyan) event. It was really fun to be able to meet some of the distinguished alumni.

Favorite Delaware dining spot: Son of Thurman

Favorite movie character: Captain America

The superpower I’d want to have: The ability to fly

Jack Clement

Hometown: Bellefontaine, OH
Major: Health & Human Kinetics

Hoops Stats:

  • 23.1 points/game (1st in NCAC)
  • 4.7 rebounds/game (17th)
  • 2.5 assists/game (7th)
  • 2.2 3-pointers/game (3rd)
  • .317 3-pt field goal pct. (4th)

Most memorable game: Beating Wooster at home my freshman year, because we were a young team and just started figuring things out.

Pregame routine: I don’t listen to any music, and I always wear my gray socks.

Favorite class: Mental Aspects of Sport, taught by Jay Martin

OWU Connection experience: Service project with Big Brothers/Big Sisters

Favorite study spot: Slocum Library

Most memorable campus experience: The homecoming football game in 2022, particularly the tailgate and the postgame fun with all my friends on the football team! OWU defeated Denison that day 41-7.

Favorite Delaware dining spot: Hamburger Inn

Favorite movie character: Severus Snape (from the Harry Potter series) because of his character evolution throughout the movies. I love his voice too.

The superpower I’d want to have: The ability to read minds