Center Rebekah Llorens and forward Maura McAfee delivered All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association First Team performances for the Hope College women’s basketball team during the 2014-15 season while excelling under different circumstances.
Llorens overcame a season-ending knee injury as a junior to claim All-MIAA recognition for the first time in her career. McAfee repeated as an All-MIAA First Team player with a similar all-around effort as when she was a sophomore.
The MIAA announced its 2015 All-MIAA Team on Tuesday. Six players were chosen first team, while six more were second-team selections.
“It is a great testament to Bekah’s ability to come back from a season-ending injury, put in the time, regain her athleticism and play at a high level this year,” Hope coach Brian Morehouse said. “We’re really excited for how far she has come back to get to this stage for us.”
“Maura rebounded the ball incredibly,” Morehouse said. “She made big shots at big times and was a tremendous defender. She was a very consistent double-double player for us. She had a really high number of blocked shots. She really anchored our defense from a rebounding standpoint game in and game out. She was a huge part of our defense.”
Guard Brittany Berry joined Llorens and McAfee in receiving recognition from the MIAA coaches. Berry was named All-MIAA Second Team.
The three players helped the Flying Dutch to a second-place finish in the MIAA with a 14-2 record. Hope (23-4 overall) will play in the NCAA Division III Tournament for the 16th time in school history after receiving an at-large berth.
McAfee averaged a team-high 14.6 points over 16 MIAA regular-season games to finish third in the league in scoring. She led in the MIAA at 2.38 blocked shots per game while finishing second in rebounding at 10.5, third in field-goal percentage at 53.6 and tied for ninth in steals at 1.81.
Llorens finished eighth in the MIAA in scoring at 12.6 points per game. She also grabbed 5.6 rebounds per league game.
Berry scored 9.9 points per MIAA game. She made a league-high 42 of her school-record 75 3-pointers during league play. She finished sixth with a 3-point shooting percentage of 38.5.
“Teams had to spend a lot of time and focus on Brittany, which freed up our posts and opened driving lanes,” Morehouse said. “They had to respect not just her 3-point shot, but how deep she can shoot it. She’s also an incredible passer who set up a number of our posts for easy layups with her ability to get the ball to them in the right spot.”