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Lady Chap Tess Bruffey Claims WBCA All-American Honors

The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) named Lubbock Christian Univeristy's Tess Bruffey (#54) as an Honorable Mention to the 2017 WBCA Division II Coaches' All-America team.

Bruffey, LCU's only returning starter off their 2016 NCAA Women's Basketball National Championship squad, was named Heartland Conference Player of the Year and became a three-time All-Heartland Conference selection and a two-time First Team member. She was an Honorable Mention recipient as a freshman (2014-15) and also claimed the conference's Freshman of the Year honor.

Bruffey wrapped up this season with averages of 16.3 points (second in the conference), 8.7 rebounds (third in the conference) and 3.9 blocks per game (leads the conference and ranks second nationally). The junior inside player averaged 19.4 points per game in conference play and 22.8 points a game in February (also shot 19-of-34 at 55.9% from three-point range during the month).

The Heartland Conference's all-time career leader in blocks (272) was a five-time conference Player of the Week recipient and a two-time USBWA Division II Women's Basketball National Player of the Week this season and was also one of four players nationally to record a triple-double in a contest this season. She claimed D2CCA All-South Central Region First Team honors.

Last season, Bruffey received D2CCA All-America honors and this season's WBCA honor is her first. She is the second Lady Chaps member all-time to receive WBCA All-America honors, joining Nicole Hampton, who claimed the honor last season.