Townsend dribbles the ball toward the basket.

SPOKANE - Okanogan High School graduate Jill Townsend has been named player of the year in the West Coast Conference for women’s basketball.

Townsend, the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ leading scorer, also was named to the WCC first team.

Gonzaga went 17-1 for the season and was ranked No. 3 in the nation before the NCAA decided to scrap its March Madness tournament because of coronavirus concerns.

Upon learning of the tournament cancellation, Townsend tweeted, “This sucks.”

Townsend, a junior, also earned WCC first team honors alongside junior forward Jenn Wirth.

She is a 2017 graduate of Okanogan High School and the daughter of Nathan and Janell Townsend, Okanogan. She is a biology major, according to Gonzaga.

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