SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - Wheaton College women's basketball junior captain Gabbie DePalo (Rumson, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven Regional) garnered her first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league accolade, as she was selected to the second team during Tuesday's coaches meeting at Mount Holyoke College.
With DePalo's award, Wheaton has had at least one Lyon earn all-conference honors six consecutive seasons. Breaking the program's 16-year-old record for field goal percentage, DePalo shot a conference-best 56.0 percent from the field during her first season as a starter.
DePalo averaged 10.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.1 steals while shooting 74.1 percent from the free throw line. Against NEWMAC teams, she shot a blistering 60.2 percent while averaging 11.6 markers, 7.7 boards and 1.8 steals and shooting 72.1 percent at the charity stripe.
In addition to field goal percentage, DePalo paced the NEWMAC in offensive rebounds per game (3.74) while ranking fifth in rebounding average. In league games, she was first in field goal percentage and offensive boards per contest (4.13), and sixth in rebounding.
Posting at least a share of the team lead in scoring nine times and in rebounding on 14 occasions, DePalo recorded five double-doubles. She tallied double-figure point totals 13 times, including during her final six games, where she averaged 16.0 points.
Wheaton finished the season with a 10-15 overall record and a 7-11 conference mark.