WWU's Jenni White named first-team GNAC all-star

Jenni White
March 3, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University point guard Jenni White (Sr., Spokane/East Valley) was a first-team selection among the 2014-15 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Women's Basketball All-Stars announced on Tuesday, March 3, by the conference office.

Two Vikings were picked to the second team, center Kayla Bernsen (Jr., Moses Lake) and forward Taylor Peacocke (So.,Kenmore/Inglemoor), and guard Katie Colard (Sr., McCleary/Elma) received honorable mention.

White is averaging 10.9 points per game and leads the team in both assists(3.6) and steals (2.4). She is making 81.4 percent (35-of-43) of her free throws and is shooting 39.5 percent (34-of-86) from 3-point range.

Last season, White was MVP of the GNAC Tournament.

Peacocke paces the squad in points, averaging 13.7. She is tied for second in rebounds (4.7), second all alone in steals (1.4), and third in assists (2.1).

Peacocke ranks eighth nationally in free-throw accuracy at 90.4 percent (85-of-94).

Bernsen, averaging 12.6 points, tops the Vikings in rebounds at 6.6 and has blocked 49 shots (1.8 avg.), second in the GNAC. Her 3.3 offensive rebounds per game lead the conference. Bernsen ranks 11th among WWU career leaders in blocks with 113.

Colard is scoring at an 11.4 clip, while handing out 3.0 assists. She tops the GNAC in free-throw accuracy at 94.8 (55-of-58) percent and is shooting 38.7 percent (65-of-168) from 3-point range.

Colard's four-year career total of 250 made 3-pointers is six shy of the school record. Her 1,160 points ranks 14th among Viking leaders, and her career free-throw percentage of 86.7 percent (156-of-180) is school-record pace.

WWU, 19-8 overall, placed third in the GNAC standings at 13-5.

The Vikings meet Central Washington in an opening-round game of the GNAC Championships on Wednesday, March 4, at 5:15 p.m. MST.

GNAC Women's Basketball: SFU's Chambers Player of the Year; UAA's McCarthy Coach of the Year

PORTLAND, Ore. - Simon Fraser forward Erin Chambers, who will finish her career as the leading scorer in Great Northwest Athletic Conference history, has been selected the 2014-15 GNAC Player of the Year.

Chambers was a near unanimous selection receiving eight of a possible nine votes from the conference coaches who also voted Ryan McCarthy of Alaska Anchorage as the GNAC Coach of the Year.

Chambers led the GNAC in scoring this season averaging a conference record 23.9 points per game. She set the previous record last season when she led the GNAC with a 23.1 average. Going into the GNAC Championship tournament this week in Billings, Mont., Chambers has 1,910 career points.

McCarthy, who is a 2006 graduate of Northwest Nazarene University, led UAA to a 27-1 record and a No. 1 national ranking in both the WBCA and D2SIDA national polls. The Seawolves, whose only loss came on New Year's Day at home to his alma mater, take a 15-game winning streak into the tournament.

McCarthy is in his third season at UAA and has a 63-20 record. He also served as interim coach one season at NNU and has a career record of 77-33, a .700 winning percentage. That percentage ranks fifth in GNAC history among coaches with a minimum of four seasons.

Also being voted special awards were Kiki Robertson and Megan Mullings of Alaska Anchorage and Central Washington's Jasmine Edwards.

Robertson was voted the GNAC Defensive Player of the Year and Mullings was selected the GNAC Newcomer of the Year, while Edwards was named the GNAC Freshman of the Year. Robertson led the conference in assists this winter averaging 6.1 per game and she also ranked second in steals averaging 3.3 per contest. She also contributed 7.9 points per contest.

Mullings, who earned eight of nine first-place votes, led a balanced attack for the Seawolves scoring 13.8 points per game. She was the conference leader in field goal percentage (60.9) and also ranked fourth in blocked shots with 43. Mullings also averaged five rebounds per contest.

Edwards helped lead Central Washington to its first playoff appearance since 2003 averaging 12.2 points per game. She led the Wildcats in steals (38) and assists (118), ranking fourth in the conference in the latter category. CWU first-year coach Jeff Harada was the runner-up in the Coach of the Year balloting receiving three votes. McCarthy was the recipient of six votes.

Chambers and Mullings were unanimous selections to the all-conference first team being ranking among the top six players by all nine opposing coaches. It was the second year in a row that Chambers, who is the lone first team repeater, was an unanimous selection.

Joining Chambers and Mullings on the first team all-conference squad are guards Suzanna Ohlsen and Aubrey Callen of Seattle Pacific, forward Kayleen Goggins of Montana State Billings and guard Jenni White of Western Washington. Ohlsen leads the GNAC in three-point percentage, shooting 42.7 per cent (41-of-96). Last year White was the GNAC Tournament MVP leading the Vikings to the title.

Selected to the second team all-conference team are Robertson, Edwards, forward Dana Goularte of Western Oregon, center Kayla Bernsen of Western Washington, Viking guard Taylor Peacocke and Northwest Nazarene guard Taylor Simmons.

Simmons finished the regular-season as the GNAC leader in steals averaging 3.615, just missing breaking the GNAC record of 3.621 set by NNU's Alysson Kollmann during the 2002-03 season.

2014-15 GNAC ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

First Team: *+Erin Chambers, Simon Fraser (F, 6-1, Sr., Mission, BC); *Megan Mullings, Alaska Anchorage (F, 6-1, Jr., Glendale, AZ); Kayleen Goggins, MSU Billings (F, 6-1, Sr., Shepherd, MT); Suzanna Ohlsen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-7, Sr., Monroe, WA); Aubree Callen, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-9, Sr., Jerome, ID); Jenni White, Western Washington (G, 5-5, Sr., Spokane, WA). *Unanimous +Repeater

Second Team: Dana Goularte, Western Oregon (F, 6-0, Sr., Port Orchard, WA); Kiki Robertson, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-6, So., Honolulu, HI); Kayla Bernsen, Western Washington (P, 6-3, So., Moses Lake, WA); Jasmin Edwards, Central Washington (G, 5-5, Fr., Lynwood, WA); Taylor Simmons, Northwest Nazarene (G, 5-8, Jr., Middleton, ID); Taylor Peacocke, Western Washington (G, 5-9, So., Bellevue, WA).

Honorable Mention: Jenna Buchanan, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-8, Jr., Galena, AK); KeKe Wright, Alaska Anchorage (F, 5-11, Sr., Las Vegas, NV); Alli Madison, Alaska Anchorage (G, 5-8, Sr., Seattle, WA); Benissa Bulaya, Alaska (G, 5-6, Sr., Sacramento, CA); Courtney Johnson, Central Washington (G, 6-0, Sr., Kent, WA); Jasmine Parker, Central Washington (F, 6-1, Jr., Spokane, WA); Alisha Breen, MSU Billings (F, 5-10, So., Choteau, MT); Ellie Logan, Northwest Nazarene (G, 5-9, Fr., Fossil, OR); Krista Stabler, Saint Martin's (G, 5-6, Jr., Bremerton, WA); Betsy Kingsma, Seattle Pacific (G, 5-11, Sr., Bellevue, WA); Meg Wilson, Simon Fraser (F, 6-1, Jr., London, ON); Katie Lowen, Simon Fraser (G, 5-5, Sr., Lethbridge, AB); Katie Colard, Western Washington (G, 5-9, Sr., Elma, WA).

SPECIAL AWARDS: Player of the Year - Erin Chambers, Simon Fraser. Defensive Player of the Year - Kiki Robertson, Alaska Anchorage. Newcomer of the Year - Megan Mullings, Alaska Anchorage. Freshman of the Year - Jasmine Edwards, Central Washington . Coach of the Year - Ryan McCarthy, Alaska Anchorage