(Wednesday, February 28; Sioux Center, Iowa)  Three Dordt College Defender women’s basketball players have earned all-conference honors from the Great Plains Athletic Conference for the recently completed 2017-18 season.

Rachel Evavold (Sophomore; Bloomington, Minnesota) earned second-team accolades while Annie Rhinesmith (Sophomore; Shakopee, Minnesota) and Erika Feenstra (Freshman; Hull, Iowa) both claimed honorable mention honors from the GPAC.

Evavold led the Defenders in scoring with a 13.5 points per game average to go with a team high 7.0 rebounds per contest. She also converted 53.7 percent of her field goals and was second on the team in assists with 78.

“Rachel averaged 6.2 points last year as a freshman and has exploded this year averaging 13.5 points and pulling down a team high 7.0 rebounds as a sophomore. Her work this season in developing her post play has been thrilling to watch as teams keyed in on her late in the season.  To think she is only halfway through her college basketball career is very exciting as she is very hard worker in both basketball and softball and she will only continue to improve,” said Dordt College coach Kyle Lindbergh.

Feenstra put together a strong freshman campaign with an 11.1 points per game average while getting to 4.8 rebounds per game and she converted a school record 89.6 percent of her free throws (95-106).

“Erika came out of the gates on fire pouring in 22 points in our first game of the season.  The first half of the season she struggled finding consistency from game to game as she adjusted to the physicality of the GPAC.  However, in the second half of the season she stepped up and became a consistent presence on the court and dominated the offensive rebounds.  I am excited to see her use this aggressive finish to her freshmen year as a springboard into next season where she has the potential to be a dominating force in the conference,” said Lindbergh.

Rhinesmith scored 10.3 points per game with a team high 81 assists.  She made 33.9 percent of her three-point shots and snagged 3.8 rebounds per game and had a team high 37 steals per game. Rhinesmith earned the honor after missing six games with injury in November and December.

“Annie had an up and down season having to battle an ankle injury that sidelined her during the month of December.  During this time, she was able to develop an even better vision for the game which will continue to help her develop as a player,” said Lindbergh. “Her fierce competitiveness helped her respond to a new role on the team this year and I believe that she has gained some invaluable experience and lessons that she can bring to the table in the years to come.”

The Defender women concluded the 2017-18 campaign with a 14-17 record and a berth in the GPAC Quarterfinal round of the post-season tournament.