2011-12 Season Recap
The Northeast Community College women’s basketball team finished the 2011-12 season with a 17-14 record. The rich tradition of the women’s basketball program always carries with it high expectations. Despite having a winning record, the team fell short of reaching some of their goals. One of those goals was to win the Nebraska Conference Championship, which Northeast had won 15 of the past 17 years. The other goal was to win the Region IX championship, where the team lost out to Miles Community College by a score of 67-60. The program never makes excuses, but the team did suffer through some seasonal adversity. The biggest was when Ivana Vuletic, a 6’3” freshman post from Sweden, was lost for the season after injuring her foot in early December.
During the 2011-12 season, the team used a balanced offensive approach, but really found their identity on the defensive end of the court. The team showed solid defense by holding opponents under 57 points per game. On the offensive side, several players contributed to the overall success throughout the year. AJ Johnson ran the team from the point guard position. Lynn Eggerling, Therese Lindquist, and Akwar Abula gave the team size and a post presence. Erica Long led the team in three point shooting. Sasha Carter led the team in scoring and Allyssa Weatherd led the team in rebounding. Sarah Pieper and Lynae Richardson gave the team good minutes off the bench.
Erica Long, Sasha Carter, and Allyssa Weatherd were named to the Nebraska All-Conference Team. Sasha Carter was also named to the All-Region Team.
The team received major recognition in the area of academics by posting an overall 3.34 team GPA. This high mark ranked 12th nationally amongst roughly 400 junior colleges. This is the third consecutive year that the Northeast Community College women’s basketball team has finished in the nation’s top 20 for team GPA. As individuals, Lynn Eggerling and Therese Lindquist received high academic honors by being named to the list of Academic All-Americans.