MIAMI — Rebounding machine Bethy Mununga of Northeastern A&M has been named an NJCAA Division I first team basketball All-American.
She was a second teamer a year ago and is just the second first-team pick in the history of the NEO program.
“After all the double doubles she had (29 out of 32 games), for her to be chosen and not making it to the national tournament speaks about what the type of player she is,” NEO coach Jim Rowland said. “She worked real hard for this. I am very proud of her.”
Mununga, a 6-0 sophomore guard-forward from Brussels, Belgium, was a two-time Region 2 player of the year.
She led the Lady Norse in rebounding with 13.5 per game and in scoring at 17.5 points per game.
“She sees the ball come off the rim; she reads it well,” Rowland said. “I always have said 99 percent of rebounding is just the will to want to go get it.”
She had double doubles in 27 of NEO’s 31 games this season and 36 of her last 40 as a member of the Lady Norse.
“There are a lot of things she did for our team that we are going to have to get multiple players to take what she did,” Rowland said. I don’t know that I will ever have another player like that. She is a special kid and I am happy for her.”
Maria Delgado, now at Louisiana Tech, was the first in 2017.
Among the schools Mununga has been considering are South Florida, Florida, Colorado and Wichita State.
“She will do great wherever she goes,” Rowland said.
Sara Griswold of Region 2 champ Northern Oklahoma-Enid received honorable mention recognition.