The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its 2012 NAIA Coaches’ All-America teams and two Northwestern players earned the national honor. Kendra De Jong of Hospers was named to the 10-member first team and Kami Kuhlmann from Charter Oak, Iowa received honorable mention accolades. The 10-member team was selected by a vote of the selection committee. The committee is comprised of one representative from each of the nine geographical regions and a chairperson.
De Jong led the conference in scoring (18.7ppg), ranked second in the conference in rebounding (9.2) and was also among the GPAC’s leaders in field goal percentage (55%) and assists (88). De Jong totaled 13 double-doubles this season, five coming at the national tournament, and scored in double figures in 33 of the 35 games this season. The junior forward was also a first team NAIA All-American and earned honorable mention WBCA honors last year.
Kuhlmann,a senior guard from Charter Oak, Iowa, averaged 17.8 points and over four rebounds per game this season. Kuhlmann led the conference with 144 assists and ranked second on the team with 41 three-pointers. She was named the most valuable player at the NAIA Championship and earned second team NAIA All-American honors.
Northwestern won its third straight NAIA Division II women’s basketball championship in early March and finished with a 28-7 record.