Pair of Spokane alumni preparing for the next level
The Spokane women’s basketball team finished fourth in the Eastern Region last season and ended up beating the number one seed from the north, Bellevue, in the first round of the NWAC tournament. Spokane’s success was vastly attributed to the two sophomores who led the team in almost every statistical category. Morgan Freeman, a 5’11” forward and Riley Holsinger a 5’10” guard both earned multiple awards throughout their two years at Spokane. The ultimate reward came when both athletes were given an opportunity to continue their education at 4 year universities and continue playing basketball.
Eastern Oregon University filled one of its recruiting spots with the 5’11” sophomore from Richard, WA. Freeman averaged 7 ppg and 4.5 rpg as a freshman for the Sasquatch of Spokane. As a sophomore Freeman increased her points per game to 16 and her rebounds per game to 8.5. She led the team in field goal percentage at 45% and shot a solid 76% from the free throw line.
During the three games at the NWAC tournament Freeman shined. She averaged 25 points per game and 14 rebound per game.
Freeman will follow other Spokane Alumni to attend Eastern Oregon University such as Brooke Randall, Korrie Bourne and current assistant coach at Spokane Ashlee Munsey (Michelson). Eastern Oregon was 23-10 last season. Freeman was 2nd team all-league as a sophomore and 1st team all-defensive team. At the NWAC tournament Freeman was awarded 2nd team all-tournament team and was named to the Sophomore All-Star team.
Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, CA filled one of its recruiting spots with the NWAC Baden Women’s Basketball Player of the Year, Riley Holsinger. Her sophomore year she led the NWAC in scoring at 22 points per game and was in the top 20 in rebounding at 8 per game.
She also was 10th in assists at 4.30 per game , 5th in steals at 3.00 per game, 5th in free throw percentage at 80%, and was 2nd in the league in blocks with 2.23 per game. During her two years at Spokane she became the all-time scoring leader with a two year total of 1,083 points. She also holds the Spokane record for points in a season with 657 and is the school’s all-time leader in blocks, steals, and assists.
Vanguard was the Champions of the GSAC conference during the 2013-2014 season and were NAIA Division 1 champions in 2008. Vanguard University has averaged more than 26 wins a season with fewer than 7 loses over the past 18 season. Holsinger joins a string of Spokane Community College players from the men’s program (Preston Wynn, Deangelo Jones, and Kwinn Hanson) in Costa Mesa for this upcoming season.