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4/7/10-Sarah Nylander Named NCCAA All-American

By Tim Gooszen

Fullerton, CA- Senior Guard Sarah Nylander has been named a National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) 1st Team All-American as recently announced by the NCCAA office.  Nylander led Hope International University in scoring this season with 10.8 points a game on the strength of 74 made three pointers.

Nylander, from Ojai, CA, helped the Royals make history this season as they qualified for the second round of Golden State Athletic Conference postseason play for the first time ever.  They defeated Azusa Pacific, the eventual NAIA runner up, in the first round of GSAC play.  A balanced attack defined the Royals this season as Nylander was one of four players to finish the season averaging 10 points or more.

A career tying high of 26 points for Nylander came this season in a Hope International triple overtime 100-96 win over California Baptist.  With the win, and season sweep of California Baptist, the Royals basically solidified their spot in the GSAC playoffs.

Interesting note, Hope International has qualified for the GSAC playoffs three of the last five years.  With the benefit of a redshirt year in 2008-09, Nylander is only player that has been a member of all three Women’s Basketball teams that have qualified for the GSAC postseason.

During her four year Hope International career, the Royals earned two trips to the NCCAA National Tournament.  In Nylander’s Junior season, HIU came up just short of a national championship as they fell in overtime 80-77 to Cedarville.  Nylander finished the championship game with 26 points aided by 7 three pointers.

Fittingly, a three pointer by Nylander late in the first half against San Diego Christian- the second to last regular season game of her Senior year- gave her 1,200 career points.  She finished her career with 1,238 points and 275 made three pointers.

Nylander will graduate in May from Hope International University with a degree in Psychology.

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