Four Nebraska Wesleyan University women’s basketball players earned All-Conference honors when the 2010-11 GPAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams were released on Wednesday (March 2). Senior center Sadie Struebing headlines the list by earning Second-Team All-GPAC. Junior guard Shea Rasmussen, sophomore forward Mallory Shanahan and senior forward Katy Golden all were named All-GPAC honorable mention.
Sadie Struebing becomes the first NWU women’s basketball player to earn higher than All-GPAC honorable mention since the 2005-06 season and also becomes just the second player in NWU women’s basketball history to be a four-time All-Conference selection.
Struebing (Brainard, Neb.) ranked in the top ten in the GPAC in both scoring and rebounding averaging 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. She had seven double-doubles on the year, scoring a career-high 24 points against Hastings and Concordia. The East Butler H.S., graduate finishes her career ranked in the NWU top 10 in five categories. She is seventh in scoring with 1,124 points, fourth in rebounds with 769 career boards and third in blocked shots with 119 for her career. She made 460 career field goals to rank third, and her 142 made field goals this year was the seventh most in a season.
Rasmussen (Longmont, Colo.) was the team’s leading scorer averaging 14.5 points per game to rank seventh in the GPAC in scoring. She shot 86.7 percent from the line to rank third in the GPAC and made 54 3-pointers to rank seventh in the league. Her 40.3 percent shooting from 3-point range ranked sixth in the GPAC. The 54 made 3-pointers was the third highest season total in NWU history and Rasmussen moved up to second all-time in career 3-pointers with 129. She earned All-GPAC honorable mention last season.
Shanahan (Wahoo, Neb.) earns All-GPAC honorable mention for the second consecutive season. Shanahan averaged 11.4 points and 7.6 rebounds to rank third on the team in both categories. She was 17th in the GPAC in scoring and sixth in the league in rebounds. Shanahan also hit 83.5 percent from the free throw line to rank fifth in the GPAC in free throw percentage.
Golden (Gretna, Neb.) finishes her four-year career with her second All-GPAC honorable mention honor after receiving the recognition as a sophomore. Golden averaged 11.0 points and 7.8 rebounds and led the team with 73 assists. She finished her career with exactly 1,000 career points to rank 10th all-time in career scoring at Nebraska Wesleyan. She was also fifth all-time in career rebounds (653), eighth in career made free throws (277), ninth in career free throw percentage (.703), ninth in career 3-point percentage (.354) and fourth in career blocked shots (89).
Becca Hurley from Northwestern was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player-of-the Year to headline the All-GPAC team. Amber Soudsma from Dordt and Kendra DeJong from Northwestern were Co-Defensive Players-of-the-Year, Laura Johnson from Sioux Falls was the Freshman-of-the-Year and Earl Woudstra from Northwestern was the Coach-of-the-Year.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2010-11 season with a 11-16 overall record and a 6-12 mark in the GPAC to finish in a tie for eighth place in the league standings. The 11 victories were the most for a NWU women’s basketball team in 10 seasons, and the six GPAC wins were the third highest total since the league began for NWU. It marked the third straight season the Prairie Wolves have increased their GPAC win total by two games under Coach Eric Jensen.
2010-11 All-GPAC Team (PDF)