5 Lady Trojans earn all-region honors

NIACC's Mandy Willems takes her turn cutting down the net after winning the regional title on Sunday in the NIACC gym.
NIACC's Mandy Willems takes her turn cutting down the net after winning the regional title on Sunday in the NIACC gym.

MASON CITY - The NIACC women's basketball team landed three players on the all-NJCAA Region XI first team.

NIACC's Mandy Willems, Jada Buford and Autam Mendez all earned first-team all-region honors.

Also for the Lady Trojans, Tahya Campbell was a second-team selection and Kelcie Hale was a third-team pick.

Willems, who was the NJCAA Region XI tournament MVP, was selected as the league's player of the year. NIACC's Todd Ciochetto was selected as the region's coach of the year.

It is the second straight season that the Lady Trojans have placed three players on the first-team all-region squad. Last season, Taylor Laabs, Mikayla Homola and UU Longs were first-team picks.

Willems is averaging 24.6 points per game heading into the NJCAA Division II national tournament. She leads the nation in free throw percentage, sinking 92.8 percent of her attempts.

Willems also leads the nation with 171 3-point goals and ranks second in NJCAA Division II with 787 points.

Willems set an NJCAA single-game for three-point goals in one game with 13. Three times, she scored 45 or more points in a game. 

Buford, who was selected to the all-tournament team, averages 19.3 points per game, shooting 43.9 percent from the field. She is ranked ninth in the nation in overall points scored, tallying up 619 in 32 games heading into the national tournament.

Mendez, who was also an all-tournament selection, had eight double-doubles during the course of the 2018-19 season. She averages 16.0 points per game, along with 8.8 rebounds. Mendez leads the team with 273 rebounds.

Campbell averages 12.5 points per game. Campbell is second on the team with 90 assists and third on the squad with 157 rebounds.

Hale averages 8.8 points per game. Hale, who was an all-tournament team selection, is fourth on the team with 68 assists and fifth on the team with 46 steals.

DIVISION II FIRST-TEAM ALL-REGION 

#

Player

College

Class

22

Aliyah Robinson

DMACC

So.

34

Brittany West

Iowa Central

So.

10

Breanna Wendland

Iowa Lakes 

Fr.

14

Shareece Smith

Iowa Lakes 

Fr.

14

Anasha Hurst

Kirkwood

So.

21

Talia Paytiamo

Little Priest

So.

3

Mandy Willems

NIACC

Fr.

21

Jada Buford

NIACC

Fr.

13

Autam Mendez

NIACC

Fr.

25

Miah Shelby

Southeastern 

So.

 

DIVISION II SECOND-TEAM ALL-REGION

#

Player

College

Class

25

Grace Stalzer

DMACC

So.

34

Ellie Horn

DMACC

So.

30

Avery Terwilliger

Iowa Central

So.

30

Samantha Hagedorn

Iowa Lakes 

Fr.

24

Haley Mullinnix

Kirkwood

So.

4

Ju Gaston

Kirkwood

Fr.

1

Paige Bradford

Kirkwood

Fr.

24

Tahya Campbell

NIACC

So.

3

Andreisha Waller

Southeastern 

So.

12

Madelyn Moya

Southwestern

So.

 

DIVISION II THIRD-TEAM ALL-REGION

 

#

Player

College

Class

3

Asia Mena

DMACC

Fr.

4

Tayla Nulty

Ellsworth

So.

5

Meredith Lincoln

Ellsworth

So.

14

Shariah Smith

Iowa Central

So.

40

Safiyer Coleman

Iowa Lakes 

Fr.

3

Mackenzie Jenkins

Kirkwood

So.

23

Leah Robinson

Kirkwood

So.

22

Amaya Leon

Little Priest

Fr.

5

Kelcie Hale

NIACC

Fr.

11

Benedetta Murpurgo

Southeastern 

So.

25

Tina Lair-Van Meter

Southwestern

So.

 Coach of the Year: Todd Ciochetto, NIACC 

Player of the Year: Mandy Willems, NIACC

No. 10 NIACC rolls, 120-71
November 24, 2018 No. 10 NIACC rolls, 120-71