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March 13, 2012

MAK NAMED 1ST TEAM ALL-WEST REGION

By Michael Wells
Sports Information Director
 

LOS ANGELESMakenzie Brandon (Seattle) was named First Team All-West Region by d3hoops.com on Tuesday, becoming just the second Oxy women's basketball player to earn first-team all-region honors in the modern era.

Brandon, who was voted the SCIAC Women's Basketball Player of the Year by the league's coaches earlier this month, was the conference's leading scorer (18.1), and had a string of incredible performances that led Oxy to its fifth consecutive regular season championship.

The 5-foot-10 junior joins Stephanie Babij 11' as the only Oxy player to be recognized on the West Region's first team. Oxy's Brianne Brown 09', who was a Third Team All-American selection in 2009, made the second team three years in a row, but never the first.

Redlands' Courtney Carroll was the only other SCIAC player to make the 2011-12 list, receiving third-team recognition.

George Fox's Keisha Gordon won player of the year honors, UC Santa Cruz' Sarah Mackey was the rookie of the year and St. Thomas' (Minn.) Ruth Sinn, the coach of the year.

Oxy finished the SCIAC season 13-1, matching Cal Lutheran's 2004 season with the best SCIAC record since the conference's women's basketball schedule expanded to 14 games in 2001 with the addition on Caltech.

The Tigers won 22 games overall, their best season total, but lost in the semi finals of the SCIAC tournament to Cal Lutheran and missed an at-large bid to the NCAA Division III postseason tournament despite going 20-2 against regional opponents.

A total of 15 players are honored annually in the West Region, categorized, based on achievement, into a first, second and third team.

Players are nominated for the d3hoops.com NCAA Division III All-Region and All-American awards by sports information directors at their respective schools, then selected by a panel of voting sports information directors.