Lady Trojans' Willems earns first-team all-American honors

Mandy Willems drives to the basket at the 2019 national tournament.
Mandy Willems drives to the basket at the 2019 national tournament.

MASON CITY - Mandy Willems became the fourth NIACC women's basketball player in school history to earn first-team all-American honors.

The freshman, who was the NJCAA Region XI player of the year, was a first-team NJCAA Division II all-American selection on Monday.

Other NIACC women's basketball players to earn first-team all-American honors were Katherine Hadley (1994), Chelsey Jacox (2014) and Sierra Ford-Washington (2015).

Willems is the first Lady Trojan to earn all-American honors since Savannah Lentz was a third-team selection in 2016.

Willems, who helped lead the Lady Trojans to the NJCAA Region XI tournament title, averaged 24.1 points per game. She set a school record for career 3-point goals with 186.

She also collected 200 rebounds, 96 assists and 77 steals.

Iowa Central's Brittany West was a second-team all-American selection.

NJCAA Divison II results
March 19, 2019 NJCAA Divison II results
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