Three Washington University Women’s Basketball Players Named All-UAA
St. Louis, Mo., Feb. 27, 2013 – Sophomore forward Melissa Gilkey and sophomore guards Alyssa Johanson and Maddy Scheppers were each selected to the 2012-13 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) team for the Washington University in St. Louis women’s basketball team, as announced Wednesday by the Association.
Gilkey received first-team honors for the Bears after being an all-UAA second-team honoree a year ago. Johanson and Scheppers were both named to the all-UAA second team.
Gilkey, the 2011-12 UAA Rookie of the Year, led the team and ranked second in the UAA averaging 15.6 points per game this season. She also ranked third in the conference in field-goal percentage (.515), fifth in blocks per game (0.9), and sixth in free-throw percentage (.745) and rebounds per game (7.2). Gilkey recorded six double-doubles and scored in double figures in 23 of 25 regular-season games. She topped the 20-point mark seven times this season, including a career-high 25 points in the Bears’ 82-73 win over Southwestern College (Texas) Dec. 30.
Gilkey recorded 23 blocked shots during the regular season, bringing her career total to 61, which ranks ninth on Washington U.’s all-time leaderboard. She also currently ranks 10th with a .740 career free-throw percentage. Gilkey was named the UAA Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week Jan. 7, and was selected to the 2012 McWilliams Classic all-tournament team in November.
Johanson received her first-career all-UAA honors by landing on the second team. She ranked second on the team averaging 8.9 points per game and scored in double figures eight times during the season. Johanson scored a career-high 19 points against Southwestern Dec. 30, and again Jan. 11 in the Bears’ 56-53 overtime win at Emory University. She also leads the team with a .917 free-throw percentage (44-of-48), and ranks fourth with 39 assists.
Scheppers also picked up the first all-UAA honors of career with her second-team selection. She was third on the team with 8.7 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. Scheppers also tallied a team-best 52 steals, ranking sixth in the UAA with 2.1 steals per game, and recorded 10 blocks to rank second on the team. She scored in double figures in 11 games, including a career-high 20 points in the Bears’ 95-73 season-opening win against Buena Vista University Nov. 16. Scheppers recorded the third double-double of her career with 12 points and 11 rebounds in a 74-61 win at Augustana College Dec. 8. She was named the Jacqueline Bickel Schapp Most Valuable Player at the McWilliams Classic Nov. 16-17.
Washington University finished the regular season with a 20-5 record and received a bid to the program’s 24th-consecutive NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament appearance. The Bears take on University of Texas at Dallas at 5 p.m. in the NCAA First Round Friday, March 1, in Memphis, Tenn.