There are not one, but two All-Americans on William Penn’s women’s basketball team. Senior Vashti Nwagbaraocha was named a first team All-American Thursday, while junior Kate Ylitalo received honorable mention. For Nwagbaraocha, it’s her second All-American honor. The senior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin averaged 18.5 points and 8.9 rebounds a game for the Statesmen, as they won the Heart of America Conference regular season and tournament titles. Ylitalo averaged 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds, while making 41.4 percent of her three-point shots. This is the first time since 1981-82 that William Penn has had multiple All-Americans.
In men’s basketball, William Penn takes on Lewis-Clark State of Idaho in round two of the NAIA Division I tournament Friday afternoon (3/22) in Kansas City. The Statesmen defeated Vanguard of California in their opening game on Wednesday (3/20), while Lewis-Clark got by Campbellsville, Kentucky in their opener. And here’s a strange coincidence: it was Lewis-Clark State who defeated William Penn in the opening round of the NAIA women’s basketball tournament earlier this month.