Iowa Central’s West tabbed All-American
Isabell West came to Iowa Central looking to leave her mark on the women’s basketball program.
The Minnesota native did just that, adding to her resume by being named to the NJCAA Div. II Women’s Basketball All-America first team.
West, a sophomore who has committed to Murray State University, joins her sister, Brittany West as an All-American for the Tritons. Brittany West was named to the second team following the 2019 season.
Along with being named the ICCAC Player of the Year and earning first team all-conference honors, West helped lead Iowa Central to the NJCAA Div. II Championship. She becomes just the 11th All-American for the Tritons in program history and the third first team selection, joining Mika Rodewald, who earned the honor in both 2011 and 2012.
“This is such an awesome accomplishment,” West said. “This is very rewarding and I want to thank my teammates because without them, this wouldn’t be possible.
“It is also really cool that Britt and I could receive such an honor only two years apart.”
In 23 games, West averaged just under 19 points and almost 14 rebounds per game, shooting 51 percent from the field. She recorded 19 double-doubles on the year, including a stretch of 11 in a row that featured two 20-20 performances.
West scored a career-high 34 points in an 80-68 victory over Southeastern that kick-started a seven-game win streak for Iowa Central. She had a career-high 23 rebounds at Iowa Lakes and had a third 20-20 game in January.
On the year, West reached double figures in scoring in all but three games and hit that number in rebounds in all but three other games. She also had 56 assists, 27 blocked shots and 26 steals.
West ranked first in the nation in rebounds, second in field goals, third in points, fourth in free throws and 18th in blocks.
Des Moines Area’s Grace Flanagan made the second team with Kirkwood’s Kortney Drake and Ashley Tull landing on the third from the ICCAC.
Other Iowa Central All-American players include Melinda Hippen, Brooke Brown, Jae Conn, Jessica Hunecke, Baileigh O’Brien, Alison Nagel and Blair Silliman.