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Seniors Becca Tilleman and Allison Davis and sophomore Jessica Genke of the Lakeland College women's basketball team have been recognized by the Northern Athletics Conference for their play during the 2011-12 season, as the league announced its all-conference basketball teams on Tuesday.
Genke, a 5-foot-11 forward, was named second team All-NAC. The Kiel, Wis., native led the team in points per game with 12.1 and she averaged a team-high nine rebounds per game. Genke appeared in 26 games this season, starting 23.
"Jess has been a great addition to our program," said Lakeland head coach Lindsey Vande Hoef. "She has fit seamlessly into our offense and her ability to get back into the game after a year off speaks to her great athleticism. I'm excited to see her grow these next few years. She is very deserving of this recognition."
Tilleman, 5-foot-4 guard, was selected All-NAC Honorable Mention after a career year. The Green Bay, Wis., native led the team in assists with 129 and steals with 62. Her assists are the third highest total in a Lakeland single season, while her steals were sixth best. Her 2.74 assists-to-turnover ratio was the best in the NCAA Division III, as she finished the season with just 47 turnovers. Tilleman averaged a team-high 32 minutes per game, scoring 5.7 points and grabbing four rebounds per game. She appeared in 26 games this season, starting 25.
"Becca is a true point guard and I believe she deserves more than an honorable mention," said Vande Hoef. "Her contributions to the team are the reason we finished second in our division. Without her, we are nowhere near the same team. She was our leader on and off the court and is going to be extremely hard to replace."
Davis, a 5-foot-11 forward, was one of 13 players named to the NAC's All-Sportsmanship team, her second selection. The Sheboygan, Wis., native averaged 4.8 points and 3.6 rebounds per game, while averaging 12.8 minutes per game. Davis appeared in 24 games, starting three.
"Allison has been a joy to have in the program," said Vande Hoef. "She has a tremendous work ethic and always has a smile on her face. She is a very coachable player and extremely deserving of the sportsmanship award. She will be missed next season."
Senior center Carol Cayo of the Milwaukee School of Engineering was named NAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, while Jessica Ott of MSOE garnered Coach of the Year accolades.
To see the complete list of 2011-12 All-Northern Athletics Conference award winners, click here.