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Harmsen Named GPAC Coach-of-the-Year

On the heels of regular season and post-season tournament GPAC titles, Dordt Women’s Basketball Coach Bill Harmsen has been named by his peers as the league’s Hauff Mid-America Sports coach-of-the-year. After rolling through conference play with a 20-2 record a year ago, the Defenders did one better this season, going 21-1 to defend their regular season championship. After finishing as the conference tournament runner-up to Briar Cliff last season, Dordt brought home the tournament title this season with a come-from-behind victory over Concordia Tuesday night 79-71.

The announcement of Harmsen as the coach-of-the-year came along with the release of the GPAC All-Conference teams. Dordt’s Karly Gustafson and Macy Sievers were first team selections along with Northwestern’s Molly Schany. Sisters Gracie and Janie Schoonhoven landed on the second team for Dordt, joining Northwestern’s Hali Anderson. Red Raider Emily TerWee and Defender Bailey Beckman received honorable mention accolades.

Hauff Mid-America Sports Player-of-the-Year honors went to Mak Hatcliff of Doane who averaged 22.8 points and 7.4 rebounds per game for the Tigers. The Defensive Player-of-the-Year is Kennedy Benne from Briar Cliff and the Freshman-of-the-Year is Dakota Wesleyan’s Emma Yost.

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