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NWAACC Basketball Players of the Week - Dec 17

VANCOUVER, Wa. - The Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges has named its Basketball Players of the Week for December 16, 2013.


Brendan WestendorfBrendan Westendorf, Big Bend
Sophomore Guard

Brendan Westendorf of Big Bend Community College scored 55-points while shooting 20 of 22 from the field in a win over Shoreline Community College in the second day of the Bulldog Classic. Westendorf currently leads the NWAACC in scoring with a 35 points-per-game average.

His 55-point performance is the highest individual scoring performance since the league began tracking regular season stats in 2008 and just topped his 54 point game on Nov 23. In addition,Westendorf also snagged nine rebounds to go along with six assists, five steals, and two blocks. In the third game of the Bulldog Classic, Westendorf poured in another 40 points on 18 of 24 shooting from the floor along with six rebounds, four assists, and two steals in only 20 minutes of play in a win verse Bellevue College.

BBCC coach Mark Poth is truly impressed with Westendorf, "Brendan is probably the most skilled overall player I have had the opportunity to coach in my 27 years at Big Bend."

The Kent, Washington native also leads the NWAACC in steals with 3-per game with a total of 24 steals on the year. Westendorf also ranks eighth in rebounding at 9.5 rebounds-per-game, while dishing out 4.38 assists-per-game, good for 15th overall.

Honorable Mention
Kwinn HansonKwinn Hanson, Spokane
Sophomore Center

Community Colleges of Spokane sophomore center Kwinn Hanson led CCS to the tournament championship with a 36-point, nine-rebound, three-assist, three-block, and two-steal performance during the tournament’s final game.

Hanson was named MVP of the Dale Bates Tournament in Eugene, Oregon. Over the three-game tournament, Hanson averaged 26.3 points, and 8 rebounds per-game, while shooting 71% from the field, and 83% from the line. CCS earned victories over College of the Redwoods, Lower Columbia College, and Southwest Oregon Community College.

The Spokane, Washington native is averaging 22 points and seven rebounds per-game this season. Hanson is shooting 72% on the season.

Also nominated: Collin Spickerman, Clark College; Bryce White, Chemeketa Community College

Previous Selections

Dec. 9: Theo VandenEkart, Everett


Marikah WrightMarikah Wright, Lane
Freshman Guard-Forward

Lane Community College freshman guard/forward Marikah Wright is the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges’ Player of the Week. Wright was named the Most Valuable Player at the Pierce Invitational leading Lane to wins over Peninsula, Wenatchee Valley, and previously unbeaten Clackamas.

Wright completed the Pierce Invitational with 48 points and 24 rebounds over the course of three games. She had her best performance in the championship match, finishing with 23 points, nine rebounds, two steals, and one block in 3rd-ranked Lane’s overtime win over 2nd-ranked Clackamas.

The Bellevue, Washington native shot 58% from the field during the three-game invitational. Wright's 8.3 rebounds per game average currently ranks 19th in the the league.
Also nominated: Nikki Bond, Clark; Darian Gasseling, Wenatchee Valley; Maria Jessie, South Puget Sound; Genia Taylor, Shoreline

Previous Selections
Dec. 9: Shelby Snook, Lane

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