North Idaho College guard Kay Hill-Silva has accepted a scholarship to play basketball at the University of Minnesota. Hill-Silva was a first team all SWAC player this season and honorable mention All-American. She was ranked No. 5 in the league for scoring averaging 12 points, and was No.9 in the league for rebounding averaging 5.7 rebounds. She was first in field goal percentage at 62 percent, No. 6 in assists at 2.7 per game and second in steals with 2.65 per game.
She completed her freshman year at NIC with a 3.4 GPA and was named to the NIC Athletic Department honor roll.
At 5-8, Hill-Silva has displayed tremendous versatility and inner strength. She was second team all-state in the post position two years ago for West Salem High School in Oregon. Last season as a freshman at NIC, Hill-Silva made the transition to play the wing position for the region champions last year. This season was her first year at the point guard and she led NIC to a 20 win season.
“Kay has everything a coach wants in a player,” Said Coach Chris Carlson. “She has the confidence to engage in any challenge making that challenge her success. Her new challenge will be cracking into the lineup with a team that has been to three straight sweet 16 NCAA appearances and a final four appearance three years ago. This season the Golden Gophers made the second round of the NIT tournament with a very young team.” Carlson said “When the Minnesota staff started recruiting a new guard; they practically described Kay’s style perfectly. Every description fit: speed, attitude, determination and ability to lock up people on defense.”
For more information contact Chris Carlson (208) 769-3347
Cutline: Kay Hill-Silva (front center) signs her letter of intent to University of Minnesota, with her local sponsors Phil and Shelly Boyd beside her. Back row: Left to right, Coach Chris Carlson, Athletic Director Al Williams and Kay’s husband Leo Silva.