Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 28, 2012
MOUNT PLEASANT - Iowa Wesleyan College senior Anna Jones
) and juniors Ashley Kruse
) and Danielle Des Jardins
) all received Midwest Collegiate Conference honors as the conference released its all-conference awards for women's basketball today.
Jones was named First Team All-MCC for the third year in a row, while Kruse and Des Jardins were both honorable mention selections for the first time. The three were part of an IWC team that finished 17-11 this year and third in the MCC in the regular season.
Jones ranked among the MCC leaders in almost every single category and proved to be one of the top players not only in the conference but in the nation. She averaged 19.6 points, 8.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.6 steals per game, shooting 47.6% from the field, 81.4% from the foul line and 38.0% from three-point range.
A year after ranking second nationally in assists, Jones stepped up her scoring and finished second in the MCC and eighth nationally in NAIA Division II in points per game. She also led the league in steals, ranked fourth in rebounding, fifth in field goal percentage, free throw percentage and three-point percentage, and seventh in assists. She ranked second nationally in steals per game and also led the MCC in minutes played per game (36.6).
Jones concluded one of the most decorated careers in IWC women's basketball history as the school's all-time leader in assists (529) and steals (351). She also ranks fourth all-time in scoring (1,518 points) and fifth in school history in rebounds (804).
Kruse received honorable mention honors in her first season after transferring from Iowa Central Community College. She was one of the top newcomers in the league, averaging 12.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game and shooting 45.3% from the field and 78.6% on free throws. Kruse also ranked among the MCC leaders in a number of categories, finishing sixth in field goal percentage, eighth in scoring and steals, ninth in free throw percentage and tenth in rebounding.
Des Jardins stepped into a starting role for the first time as a junior and averaged 8.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 2.2 steals per game. She also made 40 three-pointers, shooting 29.6% from behind the arc. Des Jardins ranked among the MCC leaders in steals (sixth), three-pointers made per game (1.43, seventh) and also ranked second in the MCC in minutes played per game (35.8).
Grand View University's Jennifer Jorgensen was again named MCC Player of the Year, while Katie Golomski of William Penn University was Newcomer of the Year. Garey Smith of Grand View was the MCC Coach of the Year.Complete MCC Women's Basketball All-Conference Teams