Bland and Stipanovich Named Preseason All-GNAC

Oct. 26, 2017

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – Western Washington University women’s basketball players Hannah Stipanovich and Lexie Bland have been named to the 2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference’s Women’s Basketball Preseason All-Conference Team, announced Thursday from the conference office in Portland, Ore.
Stipanovich (Sr., St. Louis, MO/Clayton/MSU Denver) is WWU’s lone returning starter on a team that went 26-6 overall last season (18-2 GNAC) and advanced to the NCAA II West Regional Semifinal. The forward played in all 32 games last season, making 16 starts, averaging 5.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. She was one of the premier free throw shooters in the nation at 89.2% (74-for-83), leading the GNAC. She also ranked 12th in the league with 2.0 offensive rebounds per game.
Bland (So., Ellensburg, WA) appeared in 27 games during her freshman season in 2016-17, averaging 3.4 points, 1.7 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
The Vikings officially open the 2017-18 season Nov. 10-11 at the West Region Crossover in Fresno, Calif., matching up against tournament host Fresno Pacific (11/10, 7:30 pm) and Humboldt State (11/11, 5:30 pm). WWU will play its first official home game on WECU Court at Carver Gym Nov. 24-25 with a pair of games in the 20th annual Lynda Goodrich Classic.
WWU’s final exhibition game will be next Sunday (Nov. 5) hosting Corban at Carver Gym (12 pm).  
The GNAC women’s basketball preseason coaches poll will be announced on Monday.

2017-18 GNAC PRESEASON ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM

Name

School

Pos.

Ht.

Yr.

Hometown (Previous School)

Alisha Breen*#

Montana State Billings

F

5-10

Sr.

Choteau, Mont. (Choteau)

Jasmin Edwards*

Central Washington

G

5-5

Sr.

Lynnwood, Wash. (Lynnwood)

Jordan McPhee*

Seattle Pacific

G

5-10

Sr.

Normandy Park, Wash. (Mount Rainier)

Courtney Hollander

Seattle Pacific

G

6-0

Sr.

Lynden, Wash. (Lynden Christian)

Tara Thompson

Alaska Anchorage

G

5-7

Jr.

Anchorage, Alaska (Dimond)

Lexi Tubbs*

Northwest Nazarene

G

5-11

Sr.

Turlock, Calif. (Modesto Christian)

Danielle Hartzog*

Concordia

G

5-9

Sr.

Beaverton, Ore. (Colorado Mesa Univ.)

Hannah Stipanovich

Western Washington

F/C

6-1

Sr.

St. Louis, Mo. (Metro State Univ.)

Shelby Cloninger*

Alaska Anchorage

F

6-0

Sr.

Kamiah, Idaho (North Idaho JC)

Taylor Baird*

Central Washington

F

6-2

Sr.

Snohomish, Wash. (Univ, of Southern Utah)

Elin Johansson

Saint Martin's

F

6-1

Sr.

Gothenburg, Sweden (Sanda Gymnasium)

Sydney Azorr

Western Oregon

G

5-10

Sr.

Clackamas, Ore. (Clackamas)

Rylee Kane

Montana State Billings

G

5-6

Sr.

Red Lodge, Mont. (Red Lodge)

Lexie Bland

Western Washington

G

5-6

So.

Ellensburg, Wash. (Ellensburg)

Bailey Cartwright

Concordia

F

6-1

Jr.

Pasco, Wash. (Chiawana)

* Unanimous selection    # Preseason Player of the Year

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