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Women's Basketball - Mon, Mar. 13, 2017

DMACC, NIACC and Kirkwood headline Region XI's 2016-17 All-Region team selections. 


This year, the Kirkwood women's basketball team clinched their 20th regular season title since 1990 along with their 17th Region XI Tournament title. What's special about this Eagles team is that they have the possibility of being the first-ever team in Kirkwood history to run the table. This season, the Eagles defeated 28 of 33 opponents by more than 20-points. That includes several teams currently ranked in the NJCAA Top 20.

NIACC gave the Eagles their closest game this season, a 71-65 Kirkwood victory in Mason City on Feb. 1.

The region's nine DII women's basketball coaches vote on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd All-Region teams. Voting is based off statistics and performances from the regular season. Coaches cannot vote for their own players. A complete list of all three teams can be found after the recap of the First Team selections.

Kirkwood, as no surprise, led the way with three first-team selections.

Simone Goods is putting up All-American caliber numbers this season. Goods was a unanimous selection for not only First Team, but also as the best player in the region. The back-bone of Kirkwood's highly successful season, the sophomore center from Omaha, Neb. leads the top-ranked team in points, rebounds, and blocks per game; averaging 16.4, 8.1, and 1.6 respectively. Goods also produced double-double stats in seven games this season. Goods leads the national in field goal percentage at 68.1%.

Goods' high school teammate Deleyah Harris, contributed a lot to the success of the Eagles this year. The sophomore forward from Omaha put up 13.3 points per game as well as 6.8 rebounds per game. Harris combined with Goods provides a difficult matchup for any team. Harris has scored in double figures in 24 regular season games including 17 of the last 18 games.

Shaneequah Watkins averaged 10.3 points per game while leading the backcourt for the Eagles this season. The native of Lincoln, Neb. also averaged 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. The sophomore guard also is in the Top 50 nationally in the assist-to-turnover ratio stat category.

DMACC and NIACC both placed two players on to the First Team All-Region.

DMACC's Shayla Dean led the team in scoring this season, averaging 11.7 points per game. The sophomore guard from Zearing, Iowa also contributed 4.5 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game. Dean put up a 21-point and 10-rebound performance on Nov. 15 and put up double-digit scoring totals 17 times during the regular season. Dean earned NJCAA Player of the Week honors for her performances from Nov. 21-27.

Amanda Cartney has also been paramount to the success of the Bears this year. A sophomore guard from Hudson, Iowa put up an average of 10.6 points per game. Cartney had a big game on Feb. 11 against NIACC where she put up 30 points and grabbed 13 rebounds in route to a 97-79 victory.

NIACC's Morgan Cuffe and Taylor Laabs were voted to First Team All-Region.

Morgan Cuffe, a sophomore forward from Lakeville, Minn. averaged 8.5 points per game for the Trojans this season. In addition to 4.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game, Cuffe posted a double-double with 14-points and 10 rebounds versus MCC-Penn Valley on Dec. 16.

Taylor Laabs, a freshman guard from Zimmerman, Minn. led the team in scoring during the regular season with 10.3 per game. Laabs hit double-digit scoring 16 times this year. Laabs also contributed with 2.1 assists per game. Laabs is just one of two freshmen to make First Team All-Region this season.

Ellsworth, Iowa Lakes, Southeastern, and Southwestern each had one player voted on to First-Team All-Region.

Ellsworth's Antoinette Williams led the Panthers in scoring this year, averaging 14.2 points per game. The sophomore guard from Jacksonville, Fla. contributed with 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Williams ended the season with an intact streak of 11 consecutive games scoring in double figures.

Iowa Lakes' Mia Wassink led the team in rebounds this year and was second in scoring. With 8.9 rebounds per game coupled with a scoring rate of 11.2 per game, Wassink has been the go-to down low for the Lakers. Wassink, a native of Edgerton, Minn. is just one of two freshman to be voted to the First Team All-Region list this year. Wassink had eight double-doubles this year including a 21-point and 19-rebound performance on Jan. 11 versus Central (Neb.).

Southeastern's Alexis Harris averaged 14.1 points per game during the Blackhawks' 2016-2017 campaign. Harris had the most steals in the ICCAC during conference play and on the regular season averaged 2.7 per game. Harris is a sophomore from Atlantic City, N.J. and posted double-digit scoring in all but six games this season.

Southwestern's Julanie Carter rounds out the First Team selections. Southwestern women also set a school-record for wins this season and Carter was a vital part of it. The sophomore guard from Des Moines, Iowa earned an average of 17.3 points per game, leading the team. Carter is 24th in the nation in total points and 31st in points per game.

1st Team
#Last NameFirst NameCollege
33WassinkMiaIowa Lakes
2nd Team
#Last NameFirst NameCollege
22GraffunderMichaelaIowa Central
22SmithLaurynIowa Lakes
2Muniz JazlynnLittle Priest
3rd Team
#Last NameFirst NameCollege
45Ntor-UeLemiaIowa Lakes