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Julie Haas, associate vice president, marketing communications, ext. 3120
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Tyler Cundith, sports information director, ext. 3122

W. Basketball – JCCC’s starting five earn first-team all-conference


W. Basketball – JCCC’s starting five earn first-team all-conference

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – All five starters for the Johnson County Community College women’s basketball team were recently named as Kansas Jayhawk Conference D-II performers. Guards Juanita Robinson, Timeka O’Neal, Sameia Kendall and forwards Nieka Wheeler and Kariel Hutt were all selected to the first-team.

Additionally, Robinson was named the KJCCC D-II Most Valuable Player, and head coach Ben Conrad was named the D-II Coach of the Year. This is Conrad’s fourth Coach of the Year award in his six seasons at JCCC.

The Lady Cavaliers currently stand 29-1 and ranked second in the NJCAA. They begin their postseason run tonight when the host Hesston College in the semifinals of the Region VI Tournament. A victory will advance JCCC to the championship game Sat., March 8, at Koch Arena on the campus of Wichita State University.

A victory over Hesston would also give Conrad his fifth straight 30-win season, making him the first coach in the 91-year history of the Kansas Jayhawk Conference reach that milestone.

Robinson averages 10.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game this season.  She has reached double figures 18 times this season, and led the team in scoring in five games. She also was selected the Week 4 KJCCC/Verizon Wireless D-II Player of the Week.

O’Neal leads the team in both scoring and assists, averaging 12.2 points and 5.1 assists per game.  She also has missed only seven free throw attempts all season, and is on pace to set the season free throw percentage record.

Kendall is averaging 11.8 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.4 assists. She also leads the team in steals with 59.  Kendall has scored in double figures 17 this season, and 30 times in her career. Earlier this season, she scored 22 points followed by a career-high 29-point effort. Those two performances earned her the Week 3 Conference Player of the Week award.

Wheeler averages 11.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and shooting an impressive 57 percent from the field. She also was the first player on the team this season to be selected the KJCCC/Verizon Wireless Player of the Week, earning the Week 2 award. She also earned the award in Week 14.

Hut averages 8.3 points and a team high 11.0 rebounds per game, which ranks her 18th in the country. Hutt recently became the seventh player in team history to record over 500 career points and 600 career rebounds. She also recently was named the KJCCC/Verizon Wireless D-II Player of the Week for the fourth time this season.


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