Jamieson, Lacey earn first-term All-NWC nods
After qualifying for the Northwest Conference tournament in the same year for the first time since the 2012-2103 season, George Fox's men's and women's basketball teams were recognized with a total of five all-league selections.
Making the first team were junior forward Kaitlin Jamieson for the women, who finished the regular season in second place behind Puget Sound, and senior guard JJ Lacey for the men, who placed fourth with an 8-8 record.
Jamieson was an All-NWC second team selection as a sophomore before leading the team with 13.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this past season.
Jamieson finished with the highest field goal percentage in the league (56.8) and was one of its best defenders, posting a league-high 73 blocks. That last mark was good enough to rank her 16th nationally in NCAA Division III and moved her into sixth-place on GFU's all-time blocks list.
Joining Jamieson were seniors Kim Frost and Kaycee Creech, who picked up second-team and honorable mention honors.
In her second season as a full-time starter, Frost averaged 9.7 points, 5.5 assists and 3.1 steals per game, and led the Northwest Conference with 134 assists and 83 steals, which ranked her 13th and tied for 23rd nationally. Her 83 steals are the fifth highest single season total in school history.
She also leaves George Fox ranked fifth in career steals (208) and 10th in career assists (256).
As a senior, Kreech stepped up to become one of the team's primary scoring options after playing a more secondary role in previous seasons, scoring 10.6 points per game.
"I couldn't be any more proud of those two," GFU coach Michael Meek said of his seniors. "As I look back, I think they played in about half the games we played as freshmen. I think the great thing about both of them is that you can take every year and see noticeable improvement each year. They just worked so hard and had such great attitudes and were great teammates as well."
On the men's side, Lacey became the first Bruin to earn first-team All-NWC recognition since Sean Atkins and A.J. Grant both managed the feat in the 2013-2014 season, the first under coach Maco Hamilton.
Lacey, who had never earned all-league honors in previous seasons, finished third in the league in scoring average (16.6 points/game) and was second in voting to Player of the Year Tim Howell of Whitman.
"I'm overjoyed with excitement that JJ was named All-NWC first team," Hamilton said. "He's been a glue to this program since I arrived both on and off the court, and is well deserving of this honor. As well as he performed on the court, it's important to know that he's even better as a human being. I've been very fortunate to be his college basketball coach."
Junior guard Thomas Rico was also recognized with an honorable mention after finishing fourth in the NWC in three-point shooting at 46.8 percent while being the only player in the Top 10 to average more than five three-point attempts per game.
Rico was second on the team in scoring at 12.4 points per game and also ranked 10th in the NWC in assists (59) and fourth in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.2).
"It's awesome to see Thomas receive the highest amount of votes for the honorable mention all-NWC team," Hamilton said. "Rico, has been consistent in his play this year, and clearly took his game to another level. With that progress, I'm excited for him to take another leap forward next year."