The NAIA announced their 2019 Division II Women’s Basketball All-America teams and two Red Raiders, Kassidy De Jong and Darbi Gustafson, and one Defender, Erika Feenstra earned the postseason honor.
De Jong, now a four-time All-American, was named to the 10-player first team. The senior guard ranked third in the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC) in scoring at 18.4 points per game, reaching double figures in 32 of 34 games. De Jong was second in the conference in rebounding (7.8) and seventh in both field goal percentage (48%) and three-pointers made (74). De Jong finished her Red Raider career sixth in scoring (2,254), fifth in rebounding (955) and 24th in assists (230). A four-year starter, De Jong is also a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Earning the national honor for the first time, Gustafson completed her Northwestern career 12th in scoring (1,514), seventh in rebounding (866) and fifth in blocked shots (106). Also a four-year starter, Gustafson averaged 14.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game this season, ranking ninth and tied for second in the GPAC, respectively. The senior shot 52% from the field, 75% from the free throw line and totaled 38 blocked shots. Gustafson is a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete.
Northwestern finished the 2018-19 season ranked fourth with a 29-5 overall record. The Red Raiders lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion Concordia, a team they shared the GPAC Regular Season title with.
Feenstra started 31 games for the Defenders and broke Dordt’s single season scoring record with 637 points, added 237 rebounds, and 27 steals on the season. She was a key player that helped the basketball program reach their first national tournament in school history.
Dordt finished the 2018-19 season with a 20-12 overall record. The Defenders lost in the in opening round of the national tournament to IU Northwest and ended the year ranked 16th.