Bellevue native earns freshman of the year honors at Peru State

Bellevue native earns freshman of the year honors at Peru State
Alyssa Marsh-Contreras brings the ball up the court for Peru State. Marsh-Contreras led the Bobcats with 18 points. (Photo Courtesy: Peru State Sports Network)

PERU – Peru State women’s basketball player Alyssa Marsh-Contreras (Bellevue) earned one of the Heart of America Athletic Conference’s (Heart) top year-end awards on Monday.

Marsh-Contreras was named as the conference’s Freshman of the Year following her 2018-19 performance in a Bobcat uniform. In addition, Marsh-Contreras was named to the Heart’s Second Team.

Other Heart top honors were also noted in Monday’s press release by the conference office.

Steve Williamson of William Penn was deemed as the Heart Coach of the Year after leading the Statesmen to a conference title for the first time in 31 years, finishing the regular season with 27-2 overall record (22-2 Heart).

Vashti Nwagbaraocha of William Penn received the Conference Player of the Year award after a phenomenal senior campaign. Nwagbaraocha leads the team in points per game (17.79), rebounds per game (8.59), and blocks (39 total).

Mercedes Jefflo of Central Methodist received the Newcomer of the Year award. Jefflo finished 12 of her 18 games played with 15 or more points while also averaging 5.83 rebounds, 4.11 steals, 3 assists, and 1.39 blocks per game.

Rounding out the big award winners was Whitney Moia of MidAmerica Nazarene, taking the Defensive Player of the Year title. Moia leads the Pioneers in blocks, totaling 99 on the season while averaging 3.54 per game, and in rebounds with 11.11 per game.

Marsh-Contreras was the only Bobcat recognized. She led the Bobcats in scoring averaging 16.9 points per game and was second on the team with 62 assists. Also, she was second on the team with 43 steals.

As of February 26, Marsh-Contreras was listed in three NAIA Top 50 categories: 20th in points per game (16.909), 36th in three-point field goals made per game (2.136), and 40th in field goal percentage (0.420).

She had a season high of 41 points against Baker in which she had 13 field goals. Marsh-Contreras made seven three-pointers against Missouri Valley and had nine made free throws twice – one against Baker (Kan.) and Mount Mercy (Iowa). Her rebound high was seven and on three different occasions she grabbed five steals.

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