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IOWA CITY – Junior Kachine Alexander has been named to the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) all-Region team. Alexander is one of only five players selected to the Region 6 team, and one of only 52 Division I women’s basketball players to earn the award.
Alexander is now eligible for the State Farm Coaches’ all-America team. The all-America committee will trim the list to 40 finalists Tuesday, March 23. Those 40 finalists will all be in the running for selection to the 10-member State Farm Coaches’ all-America team.
Alexander was a first team all-Big Ten selection and was also one of five players named to the Big Ten all-Defensive team. She leads the Hawkeyes with 15.5 points and 10.7 rebounds per contest. The Minneapolis, MN, native claimed the Big Ten rebounding title, averaging 11.1 boards per game in league games. She is one of only two guards in the country to average a double-double, and ranks 17th nationally in rebounding.
Alexander has 15 double-doubles this season, which is one shy of tying the school record for single-season double-doubles held by Amy Herrig. She became Iowa’s all-time leading rebounder among juniors this season, and currently has 267 boards.
Four players from the Big Ten were chosen to the Region 6 squad. Alexander was joined by Ohio State’s Samantha Prahalis and Jantel Lavender along with Illinois’ Jenna Smith. Missouri State’s Casey Garrison was also included on the team.
Alexander is the 13th Hawkeye in school history to earn all-region honors. She is also the fifth player to earn the award under Head Coach Lisa Bluder, joining Cara Consuegra (2001), Jennie Lillis (2003), Crystal Smith (2006) and Kristi Smith (2008).
Alexander and the Hawkeyes are a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will take on No. 9 seed Rutgers Saturday at 7:16 p.m. (CT) regionally on ESPN2 and espn360.com in Stanford, CA.