Wyffels Selected As First Team All-West Region

STERLING, VA — Vanessa Wyffels, a junior post from Portland, OR, was named today to the DIIIhoops.com All-West Region Team for women’s basketball.

Wyffels led the nation in field goal percentage this season, hitting 74.2% of her shots while averaging 19.1 points per game and grabbing 9.7 rebounds a contest. She was the only woman in all of college basketball to shoot better than 70% for the season.

Wyffels transferred to Willamette this year from Wagner College, a Division I school in New York.

Wyffels was a key reason the Bearcats had a much-improved season this year. The Bearcats finished 5-11 in conference this season after losing 23 straight conference games in prior years. The team was 8-18 overall. There were no seniors on this year’s squad and only three juniors. A solid core of freshman and sophomores contributed greatly to Willamette’s improved season.

Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. A record 606 players were nominated nationwide.

The ballot was then made available to SIDs, who voted for 10 players in their region. SIDs voted for six frontcourt players and four backcourt players and the top vote getters at each position were named to the All-Region team.

Two Whitworth players and one from George Fox were named to the second team All-West Region squad. Pacific, George Fox and Puget Sound each placed one player on the third team.

Women's All-West Region Team
Players were nominated for these awards by the Sports Information Directors at the various schools. All SIDs in the region were given the opportunity to vote.

First team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G Mandy Pearson Concordia-Moorhead Sr. Watkins, Minn.
G Katie Maguire Buena Vista Jr. Treynor, Iowa
F Megan Vig Carleton Jr. Northfield, Minn.
F Anna Heikenen St. Benedict Jr. Edina, Minn.
C Vanessa Wyffels Willamette Jr. Portland, Ore.

Second team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G Kim Leith George Fox Jr. Sherwood, Ore.
G Jamie Rattunde St. Mary's (Minn.) Sr. Rollingstone, Minn.
F Tiffany Speer Whitworth Sr. Snohomish, Wash.
F Sarah Shogren Whitworth Sr. Newman Lake, Wash.
C Kristina Kapler Buena Vista Sr. Cresco, Iowa

Third team
Pos. Name School Yr. Hometown
G Jackie Plesha St. Scholastica Sr. Biwabik, Minn.
G Valerie Pina Cal Lutheran Sr. Valencia, Calif.
F DeeDee Arnall Pacific Jr. Warrenton, Ore.
F Lindsay May Puget Sound Sr. Richland, Wash.
F Liz Clark George Fox Sr. Elbe, Wash.
C Kim Johnson St. Benedict Sr. Arden Hills, Minn.

Vanessa Wyffels

Vanessa Wyffels