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Three members of the Lakeland College women's basketball team were honored Monday as the 2006-07 All-Northern Athletics Conference Awards were announced.
Senior forwards Jenna Boehm (Green Bay/Preble) and Danielle Duranceau (Waukesha/Waukesha West) received All-NAC team recognition, while freshman guard KC Blahnik (Gladstone, Mich./Gladstone) was named to the All-Rookie Team.
Boehm, Duranceau and Blahnik were key to the squad's offensive production throughout the year. After earning the No. 6 spot in the NAC Tournament with a win over Marian in the final game of the regular season, the Muskies (15-11, 12-7 NAC) fell to Benedictine University, 67-47, in the tournament quarterfinal game to end their season.
Boehm and Duranceau were also regular fixtures in the Muskies' starting line-up and box scores, providing a distinct one-two punch on offense by anchoring the squad in the post and leading the team in scoring in all but four games this season.
Boehm, who was a two-time Honorable Mention selection in the former LMC, capped off her collegiate career averaging a team-high 15.3 points per game, collecting six rebounds per game and leading the conference in field goal percentage with just under 59 percent. Her accuracy from the floor was also high enough to put her at No. 7 in the nation.
"For Jenna to be selected to the All-Conference team is a no-brainer, in my opinion, because she was our consistent force throughout the entire year," said head coach April Arvan. "She had national recognition for her field goal percentage and she led us in scoring nearly every single game. She has been in our starting line-up nearly her entire career and we'll miss her consistency significantly."
Duranceau tallied nine points per game in her final season with the Muskies and picked up the slack on the boards with a team-high 6.8 rebounds per game, good for the No. 10 spot in the NAC.
"I'm just delighted that Danielle made the All-Conference team because she did a lot of things for us that went unnoticed," Arvan said. "We would have her defend our opponents' best inside player and she led us in rebounding, which is just blue-collar work. The fact that the NAC coaches recognized what she did throughout the course of the year, not just in scoring but her overall game, reflects the fact that she made the All-Conference team."
Blahnik proved herself a versatile asset to the Muskies during her inaugural year, whether it was filling a starting role or coming off the bench for some added scoring punch. She finished the season averaging 6.3 points per game, good for third-highest in scoring among her teammates, and hauled down 5.6 rebounds per game just behind Duranceau and Boehm.
"Blahnik was the Rookie of the Year for Lakeland," Arvan said. "Had we not had her in our rotation, it would have been tough going for us. She was able to provide for us consistently and never took a play off all year, including practices and games. For me to notice that tells me a lot about KC's work ethic and what her internal pride is. It promotes the future of our program very well to be able to say that we have one of the best freshmen in the league on our team."