COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Committee announced Friday it has selected sophomore Tierra McGowan of Rock Valley (IL) as the 2017 Spalding® Player of the Year for the division.
McGowan helped orchestrate the Golden Eagles to a national championship and a 33-2 overall record. At the national tournament in Utica (NY), the Chicago native averaged 21 points per game and 15 rebounds. In the national title game versus defending champion Roxbury (MA), McGowan posted her third 20-20 contest of the season, tallying 20 points and 20 rebounds to earn tournament MVP honors.
The 6’4 center finished the season scoring in double-figures in 28 straight games, leveling her season average at 20.7 points per outing. McGowan surpassed 20 points in 20 contests and recorded a double-double in points and rebounds in 28 games. On the glass, McGowan averaged 14.1 rebounds and six times surpassed 20 rebounds in a contest.
Some of McGowan’s greatest individual performances this season included 40 points and 20 rebounds against Division I opponent Malcolm X (IL) and a 35 point, 22 rebound effort against Division II opponent Triton (IL) that also included five blocks.
Nationally, McGowan ranked first in field-goals made (325), second in total rebounds (494), second in blocks (85), third in points scored (725) and eighth in field-goal percentage (57.9).
Photos courtesy of Mohawk Valley and Rock Valley atheltics
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