Western's DeBoer is first-team GNAC all-star, McGillivray second team
March 8, 2004
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University forward Tessa DeBoer (Sr., Lynden/Lynden Christian) earned first-team honors and center Jenn McGillivray (Sr., Salem, OR/South Salem) was a second-team choice on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball all-star team announced today.
Receiving honorable mention was Vikings' guard/forward Jodi Gerald (Jr., Puyallup/Cascade Christian).
The trio helped Western to a 20-7 regular-season record, second-place in the GNAC at 13-5, and the No.4 seed at the NCAA II West Regional which begins Friday. It is the seventh straight 20-win season and national tournament appearance for the Vikings, both school records.
DeBoer leads Western in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage, averaging 15.3 points and 6.9 rebounds and shooting 55.3 percent (147-of-266). She is second in the league in floor accuracy, sixth in scoring and ninth in rebounding. DeBoer became the 18th Viking player to reach the 1,000-milestone in points three weeks ago, and currently ranks 14th with 1,098 points.
McGillivray, who earned second-team all-league honors as a sophomore and was honorable mention as a junior, is averaging 13.1 points and 5.6 rebounds and is hitting 78.7 percent (96-of-122) on free throws. She ranks eighth in field goal shooting (48.3, 128-of-265), 11th in free throw accuracy, and 13th in scoring.
McGillivray enters the regionals with 1,407 points, sixth among the school's career scoring leaders, and 598 rebounds. She needs two more rebounds to become just the fifth player in school history to score 1,400 points and grab 600 rebounds, and one more point to move into fifth among Western's career scoring leaders.
Gerald, who has started the last 10 games, is averaging 11.0 points and 4.8 rebounds. She has averaged 15.5 points over the last 13 games, reaching double figures in 11 of them, after scoring at a 6.9 clip in the first 14 contests.
Western meets Sonoma State in a first-round regional game Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Seattle Pacific center Valerie Gustafson and Falcon head coach Gordy Presnell were named the GNAC Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.
Gustafson and Presnell, who also won the coaching award last season, led the Falcons to a regular-season 27-0 record. The Falcons, who are the No. 1 ranked team in the latest USA Today/ESPN/WBCA NCAA II Top 25, are the top seed and the host school for the NCAA West Regional, which begins Friday at Royal Brougham Pavilion.
Gustafson ranks seventh in the GNAC in scoring, averaging 15.1 points per game and also averages 6.1 rebounds. She is the conference leader in field goal percentage, converting on 57.3 percent of her shots.
Presnell is in his 17th season at Seattle Pacific and has a career won-loss record of 363-123. He was a unanimous selection.
Seattle Pacific guard Amy Taylor was voted the GNAC Newcomer-of-the-Year, while Central Washington center Laura Wright and Northwest Nazarene forward Danielle Pridgen shared the Freshman of the Year award.
Taylor averaged 10.9 point and 4.0 assists. The University of Oregon transfer is the GNAC leader in free throw percentage, connecting on 90.7 percent of her attempts.
Wright was Central's second-leading scorer and rebounder. She averaged 13.1 points and 7.4 rebounds for the Wildcats. Pridgen averaged 13.2 points for the Crusaders and was the GNAC rebounding leader, pulling down 9.7 per contest. She had a GNAC-high 13 double-doubles.
In addition to winning Player of the Year honors, Gustafson headed up the first team all-conference team. Joining her on the first team are Heidi Buehler of Northwest Nazarene, Kamie Jo Massey of Alaska Anchorage, Adrienne Taalak of Alaska Fairbanks, Kristin Poe of Seattle Pacific and DeBoer. Buehler was the lone unanimous selection, while Massey was the only repeater.
Angela Jensen of Central Washington, Martina Kartikova of Saint Martin's, Taylor, Jenny Binford of Northwest Nazarene and McGillivray were named to the second team.
GREAT NORTHWEST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
Honorable Mention - Amber Nasby, Alaska Anchorage (Forward, 6-0, Jr., Kelowna, BC); Mindy Mendenhall, Alaska Anchorage (Center, 6-0, Sr., Springville, UT); Laura Wright, Central Washington (Center, 6-3, Fr., Longview, WA); Lindsay Weiss, Central Washington (Forward, 5-10, Sr., Goldendale, WA); Peni Vaefaga, Humboldt State (Forward, 5-7, Sr., Sacramento, CA); Nicole Lynch, Humboldt State (Center, 6-2, Jr., Danville, CA); Julia Eisentrout, Saint Martin's (Forward, 5-9, Jr., Olympia, WA); Beth Layton, Saint Martin's (Guard, 5-6, So., Toledo, WA); Brittney Kroon, Seattle Pacific (Center, 6-4, So., Wasilla, AK); Thresia Busch, Seattle (F, 5-10, Jr., Milan, KS); Shannon Talbott, Western Oregon (Forward, 5-10, Jr., Enterprise, OR); Jodi Gerald, Western Washington (Guard, 5-10, Jr., Puyallup, WA).
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