Five Kohawks Earn All-IIAC Honors

Courtesy: Coe College Athletics

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Coe placed a league-best three players on the All-Iowa Conference First Team, while also having the league's Coach of the year and the Defensive Player of the Year.

For the second-straight year, Head Coach Randi Peterson was named the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year. She shared the honor with Luther's Jane hildebrand, whom retried after 27 years of leading the Norse. Peterson led the Kohawks to their second-straight IIAC Championship, while winning the league tournament and advancing to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history.

Senior Kaitlin Breitbach (Cedar Rapids, Iowa/Washington) was named the leagues Defensive Player of the Year. Breitbach led the leagues toughest defense, as Coe led the league in scoring defense at 56 points per game. She led the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (+2.55) and was second in assists at 4.15 per game. She was also 15th in steals with 1.52 per game. Along with the Defensive Player of the Year award, Breitbach was an Honorable Mention All-Iowa Conference selection fro the second-straight season.

Senior Sarah Anciaux (Iowa City, Iowa/City) was an All-Iowa Conference First Team selection. It was her third all-conference honor, as she was a second team selection her freshman and sophomore seasons. Anciaux finished her career as the second leading scorer in school history with 1,159 points. She ranked third with 225 made free throws, where she shot 76.8 percent from the charity stripe, the fifth best percentage in school history. She also hit 94 3-pointers, the fifth most in school history. Her 420 career field goals was fourth all-time. She tallied 401 career assists, the second most in school history, while blocking 58 shots and getting 591 rebounds. Her blocks is the seventh most in school history, while her rebounds is fourth. She also ranks fourth with 179 steals. This season, she scored 349 points, a career-high and the ninth most in school history. Her 34 treys this season is the 10th most in schol history, while her 176 rebounds is the eighth most. She also had a career-high 56 steals, the ninth most in school history.

For the second-straight year, senior Kayla Lincoln (Maynard, Iowa/West Central) and junior Kayla Waskow (Dunkerton, Iowa/Dunkerton) were named to the All-Iowa Conference First Team.

Lincoln finished her career with 1,118 points, the fourth most in school history, while hitting 171 3-pointers, the second most in school history. She made 423 field goals, also the third most in school history. Her 79.5 career free throw percentage is the third highest in school history. She's Coe's all-time leader in blocked shots with 149, while ranking 11th with 508 rebounds. Her 379 points this season is the third most in school history, while she broke the single-season record for 3-pointers (78) and blocks (55).

With just 65 games under her belt, Waskow ranks 16th in school history with 836 points. A year after breaking the single-season school record with 395 points, she scored 353 this year, the seventh most in school history.

The Kohawks finished the season 26-4, the most wins by any men's or women's basketball team at Coe. After winning their first two NCAA Tournament games in school history, the Kohawks finished their season with a 77-74 loss in the Sweet 16 to eventual Final Four participant Illinois Wesleyan.

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