McMINNVILLE, Ore. – Linfield’s Gretchen Owens and Kaely Maltman (Sr., Sandy, Ore.) have been named to the all-Northwest Conference team, as announced by the league Friday.
Owens becomes the first Linfield player to be accorded first-team honors since Kelly Bradstreet and Sarah Jensen led the Wildcats to a 17-9 season in 1999-2000.
Owens averaged a league-leading 19.9 points per game, scoring in double figures in all 24 games. She tallied 20 or more points in 14 games, including two 30-plus efforts.
She also ranked in the top five in the league in rebounding (7.6), free throw percentage (.805), defensive rebounds (6.04) and minutes played (35.58).
Her season scoring average stands at No. 4 all-time at Linfield, as does her 477 total points scored during the 2010-11 campaign.
She was named NWC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Week twice during the regular season.
Maltman, a second generation Wildcat, was an all-NWC second-team selection. During her first season at Linfield, she started every game, averaging 12.7 points, 5.4 rebounds and 32.9 minutes per contest. Her scoring average and playing time both ranked second on the club.
She scored in double figures in 18 out of 24 games, topping 20 points on two occasions.
Lewis & Clark, which shared regular season championship honors, swept the top awards. Kristina Williams was named NWC Player of the Year and Pioneers head coach Juli Fulks was recognized as NWC Coach of the Year.
The Wildcats posted their best season in five years, finishing with a winning record at 8-8 in league action and 13-11 overall. The team just missed making the conference tournament, finishing fifth in the Northwest Conference.
Owens and Maltman
Combined for 32.6 points per game
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