Three Nebraska Wesleyan University women’s basketball players earned All-Conference honors when the 2009-10 GPAC Women’s Basketball All-Conference teams were released on Wednesday (March 3). Sophomore guard Shea Rasmussen, junior center Sadie Struebing and freshman forward Mallory Shanahan all were named All-GPAC honorable mention.
This marks the second straight season that Nebraska Wesleyan had three players earn All-Conference recognition.
Rasmussen (Longmont, Colo.) was the team’s leading scorer and ranked 14th in the GPAC in scoring averaging 12.8 points per game. She was one of the top 3-point shooters in the league as she ranked sixth in the GPAC with 46 made 3-pointers. Rasmussen reached double figures in 19 of 25 games this season and now has scored double figures in 30 of 36 career games. The 320 points scored by Rasmussen this season was the most points for a NWU player since the 2000-01 season. She moved up to seventh on the NWU career 3-point charts with 75, while her 46 3-pointers this season is the sixth highest total in NWU history.
Struebing (Brainard, Neb.) earns All-GPAC honorable mention for the third straight season. She lead the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and was second on the team in scoring at 9.3 points per game. The East Butler H.S., graduate scored in double figures in 12 games and recorded two double-doubles on the year. She had a career-high 24 points against Doane on Dec. 12. Struebing now ranks sixth in career rebounds with 557 and third in career blocked shots with 93. She is now one of only eight players in NWU history with 700 career points and 500 career rebounds.
Shanahan (Wahoo, Neb.) had a solid freshman season averaging 7.1 points and was third on the team with 4.4 rebounds. She led the team in 3-point field goal percentage hitting 14-30 from beyond the arc. The Wahoo H.S., graduate reached double figures in nine games during her first season including a career-high 17 points in the season opening win at Cornell on Nov. 20. She stepped up her play in GPAC action scoring double figures in seven games.
Liz Grider from Briar Cliff was named the Hauff Mid-America Sports/GPAC Player-of-the Year to headline the All-GPAC team. Kim Faimon from Hastings was Defensive Players-of-the-Year, Kendra De Jong from Northwestern was the Freshman-of-the-Year and Jeff Dittman from Hastings was the Coach-of-the-Year.
Nebraska Wesleyan finished the 2009-10 season with a 7-18 overall record and a 4-14 mark in the GPAC to finish in a tie for 10th place in the league standings. The four conference wins were the most for Nebraska Wesleyan since the 2005-06 season.