Three’s company for All-WIAC


Grace Holler

The senior trio of Brooke Trewyn, Malia Smith and Andrea Meinert (left-to-right) were all named first-team All-WIAC for the women’s basketball team.

Jack Miller, Assistant Sports Editor

Three players from both the UW-Whitewater women’s and men’s basketball teams were named to All-WIAC teams, which was announced Feb. 27.

Women senior guards Brooke Trewyn and Malia Smith, along with senior forward Andrea Meinert, were selected to the All-WIAC first team. For the men, junior guard Andre Brown earned All-WIAC first team, while junior guard David Sachs and junior forward Derek Rongstad received honorable mentions.

Trewyn finished top ten in five statistical categories in the WIAC. She was sixth in scoring (13.0), ninth in rebounding (6.2), second in free-throw percentage (82.0), sixth in assists (2.4) and led the conference in steals with 2.6 per game.

Smith averaged 11.1 points per game on 41.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 78.5 percent from the free-throw line.

Meinert’s selection comes just a year after an ACL tear forced her to miss half of her junior season. Meinert averaged 9.4 points per game, 5.1 rebounds per game, 1.1 steals per game.

The three seniors were a large part of the Warhawks’ success this season, which included a WIAC regular and postseason championship.

“It’s great for this group because they started out .500 their freshman year,” women’s Head Coach Keri Carollo said.  “To be able to put this (WIAC championships) on their goals, this is what we want to do, and then achieve it, is pretty incredible.”

On the men’s side, Brown led the Warhawks in scoring with 15.2 points per game –enough for sixth in the conference. He was also sixth in the WIAC in assists (2.5),  third in steals (1.5) and fourth in field goal percentage (49.0).

“He’s made a good progression every years he’s been in the program,” men’s Head Coach Pat Miller said. “This year he was more assertive offensively.”

Rongstad led UW-W in minutes with 32.3 per game and he averaged 10.9 points per game. Rongstad led the Warhawks in rebounding with 6.1 per game.

In his first year with the Warhawks, Sachs averaged 11.3 points per game and was second in the WIAC in assists (3.6).

“It’s a great nucleus to have back, but clearly we have a lot of work to do,” Miller said.

Carollo, who was named WIAC coach of the year, will lose all three of her honorees next season, while Miller will bring back all three honorees as seniors in next year’s campaign.