After leading the Northwest Conference in scoring for the second consecutive year, Linfield guard Gretchen Owens has been accorded all-NWC first team honors, as announced by the league Tuesday afternoon.
Owens, who graduates as the Wildcats’ No. 2 all-time leading scorer, averaged 21.4 points per game, more than four points per contest higher than the league’s second-leading scorer. Her scoring outputs for specifically conference games were even better, as she averaged 22.4 points over 16 games.
The senior also led the league in free throw percentage (87.5) and ranked fifth in rebounding (7.7) and tied for third in assists (3.2). She posted double-digit scoring efforts in all 25 games this season, with 14 games of 20 or more points and two 30-plus point performances.
As far as Linfield standards are concerned, Owens’ 1,404 career points rank second behind Hall of Famer Tina (Rappin) Hill with 1,474. Owens played just three seasons at Linfield while Rappin played four.
Owens is also the program’s all-time leader in career free throw shooting (84.7 percent) and career minutes per game (36.1) and she ranks high in multiple additional individual game, single-season and career statistics.
She was selected as the league’s student-athlete of the week for women’s basketball on two separate occasions. In the all-conference voting, Owens received the second-highest number of votes and is now a three-time all-star after receiving first team honors as a junior last season and second-team accolades as a sophomore in 2010.
As a team, the Wildcats finished tied for seventh in the league with a 4-12 record in conference games and 10-15 overall win-loss mark.
Regular season champion George Fox swept the big awards as senior wing Keisha Gordon was selected as the NWC Player of the Year and second-year head coach Michael Meek was honored as the NWC Coach of the Year.
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