SEWARD, Neb. – Champions of the GPAC regular season and postseason, the Concordia University women’s basketball team placed three athletes on the list of NAIA Division II All-Americans. GPAC freshman of the year Philly Lammers has been awarded second team All-America honors. Meanwhile, both Mary Janovich and Quinn Wragge garnered honorable mention All-America accolades.
Lammers enjoyed arguably the best freshman season ever by a Bulldog. No Concordia rookie in school history had ever garnered All-America honors. The most dominant player in the GPAC on per-game average basis, the Omaha native topped the Bulldogs in scoring (13.2), rebounding (7.0) and blocked shots (1.24) while shooting 56.0 percent from the floor. In her first taste of the national tournament, Lammers averaged 12.8 points and 9.8 rebounds over her team’s four-game run in Sioux City. Lammers is the program’s second conference freshman of the year over the past three seasons.
Janovich, the 2014-15 GPAC freshman of the year, collected GPAC defensive player of the year honors this season. The native of Gretna, Neb., averaged a career best 10.9 points as a junior in 2016-17. She also averaged 3.0 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 2.3 steals and shot 52.5 percent from the field, 43.9 percent from 3-point range and 80.0 percent from the free throw line. In her career, Janovich has tallied 890 points and 186 steals over 86 games since arriving in Seward in 2014.
A two-time first team All-GPAC honoree, Wragge has already piled up 899 points over her first two collegiate seasons. Also a star as a freshman, the Crofton, Neb., native averaged 11.5 points, 6.3 rebounds, 1.9 steals and 1.6 assists as a sophomore. She shot 56.8 percent from the field and 73.9 percent from the free throw line while playing in all 37 games.
Named GPAC coach of the year, Drew Olson was one of six finalists for the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association NAIA National Coach of the Year award. Olson led Concordia to the national tournament for the ninth time in his 11-year tenure. He has won three GPAC regular-season titles and three conference tournament championships.
Not including honorable mention honorees, the Bulldog women’s basketball program has raked in a total of 19 All-America awards in school history. During Olson’s tenure, three players have garnered multiple All-America honors: Kristen Conahan (2012, 2013), Bailey Morris (2014, 2015), Tracy Peitz (2014, 2015) and Whitney Stichka (2008, 2009).