Breen Leads Picks To The D2CCA All-West Region Team
Breen (center) was named D2CCAA West Region Player of the Year while Wandersee (left) and Tubbs received second-team selections. Photos by Skip Hickey.
Breen (center) was named D2CCAA West Region Player of the Year while Wandersee (left) and Tubbs received second-team selections. Photos by Skip Hickey.

Monday, March 12, 2018

ELLENSBURG, Wash. – Adding to what has already been an impressive individual season, Montana State Billings senior forward Alisha Breen is chosen as the West Region’s top player as she leads three GNAC selections to the Division II Collegiate Commissioners Association (D2CCA) All-West Region Team.

Breen was selected by the region’s sports information directors as the West Region Player of the Year and is the lone GNAC selection to the first team. She is joined by a pair of second-team selections from the GNAC in Alaska Anchorage junior forward Hannah Wandersee and Northwest Nazarene senior guard Lexi Tubbs. The 10-player team is comprised of players from the GNAC, the California Collegiate Athletic Association and the PacWest Conference.

Not only did Breen lead the Yellowjackets to its first GNAC championship in program history, MSUB will also play for the NCAA Division II West Region championship on Monday night against Alaska Anchorage. Breen, the GNAC Player of the Year, has been a dual threat this season as she is No. 10 in Division II with 21.4 points per game and is second in the GNAC with 9.4 rebounds per game. She has recorded 20 points or more in her previous 12 contests and recently became the GNAC’s all-time leading scorer with 1,960 career points.

Wandersee, a First Team All-GNAC selection, led Alaska Anchorage to a share of its fourth straight regular season title. She leads the team with 14.7 points per game and is eighth in the GNAC with 6.3 rebounds per game. Wandersee is also among the conference leaders in field goal percentage (.529), free throw percentage (.782), blocked shots (1.5 per game) and offensive rebounds (2.7 per game). The Seawolves (27-4, 18-2 GNAC) look to advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight with a win over Montana State Billings tonight for the West Region championship.

Also a selection to the All-GNAC First Team, Tubbs led Northwest Nazarene to a share of its first-ever GNAC regular season title with an 18-2 conference record. For a majority of the year, the Nighthawks relied heavily on Tubbs’ scoring efficiency to carry the offensive load. During the Nighthawks’ 13-game win streak late in the season, Tubbs led the GNAC with 19.6 points per game while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor. She ended the season second in the GNAC with 15.6 points per game and 10th with 6.2 rebounds per game.

Breen will now move on for consideration for the D2CCA All-America Team, which will be announced prior to the Division II Elite Eight on Mar. 19.

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