Women's Basketball Adds Two All-Americans to 2019 Class
UMKC Athletics 4-17-2019
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- The UMKC women’s basketball program has announced the signing of two student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, head coach Jacie Hoyt announced Wednesday. Naomie Alnatas (Now-OH-Mee El-NAH-Tas) and Mandy Willems will join the Roos after spending a year in the junior college ranks as both players will have three years of eligibility to the team and will begin their UMKC journey's in the Summer of 2019.

“Our program is thrilled with the additions of Mandy and Naomie," stated Hoyt. "As a coaching staff we have committed ourselves to finding not just great players, but great people that fit the character and culture of our program. We are confident that Mandy and Naomie will add a great deal of value on the court, in our community, and in the classroom. On the court, they will both allow us to continue to play at a fast pace on both ends of the floor as well as stretch the defense with their deep-shooting ability. The fact that they come from great winning programs is also a key factor for us as we continue to establish expectations of winning basketball games at UMKC.”

With the addition of the newcomers, UMKC will add athleticism and range on the perimeter with two players who have high-level experience and success at the junior college level.

Name Yr  Pos. Ht. Hometown/Previous School

Naomie Alnatas Fr. G 5’7 Cayenne, French Guiana / Iowa Western

Mandy Willems Fr. G 5’9 Ackley, Iowa / North Iowa Area CC

Naomie Alnatas (Fr.) | 5’7 Guard | Iowa Western CC | Cayenne, French Guiana

Alnatas helped Iowa Western Community College to a 25-5 record in the 2016-2017 season while averaging 12.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 2 assists per game. The 5’7 guard finished her career shooting 52.2% from the field, 40.2% from behind the arc and 92.6% from the charity stripe.

In her career, Alnatas earned NJCAA All-American Honorable Mention and ICCAC First Team All-Region honors. She was a major contributor to the team’s No. 2 nationally ranked GPA at 3.65. She was named a Second Team Academic All-American during the 2016-2017 season. According to Girls Basketball Report by Dan Olson, Alnatas was ranked 20th overall in the country and the fourth point guard at her position. JumpOffPlus and Brandon Clay have rated her as a 3.5-star recruit this past season.

Quick facts: Coached in High School by Brahim Boulane…Played Club for Chalon Basket coached by Brahim Boulane… Coached in Junior College by Lindsey Vande Hoef…Daughter of Amour Noel and Claudy Alnatas and has one sister, Leslie Noel… plans to major in Sports Medicine.

Why UMKC?: "I choose UMKC because I love the atmosphere and the city," commented Alnatas. "The team is like a family and they will challenge me on and off the court. It’s like the perfect fit!"

Coach Hoyt on Alnatas:

“Naomie is a 'do-it-all' type player," commented Hoyt. "Her skill and athleticism is something I believe will help set her apart in our league. She shoots it, she distributes and is an elite competitor. I believe she will fit seamlessly into the values we emphasize here of toughness, passion, and servanthood both on and off the court."

Mandy Willems (Fr.) | 5’9 Guard | AGWSR HS / North Iowa Area CC | Ackley, IA

Last season, Willems helped North Iowa Area Community College to a 28-7 finish and a NJCAA Region XI Championship while advancing to the NJCAA DII National Tournament. She averaged 24.1 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 38.3% from beyond the arc and 91.1% from the charity stripe. Willems also led the nation at all levels with 186 made 3-point field goals in the 2018-2019 season.

As a freshman in 2018-2019, the 5’9 guard was a five-time ICCAC Player of the Week and a three-time NJCAA DII Player of the Week. She was selected to the First Team All-NJCAA Region XI team, named the NJCAA Region XI Tournament MVP and NJCAA Region XI Player of the Year and earned a selection to the NJCAA DII All-American First Team.

Quick Facts: Coached in High School by Laurie Gann…Played AAU for the North Iowa Fire.... Coached by Todd Ciochetto who also coached her at NIACC in 2018-2019… Daughter of Shawn and Michelle Willems... Sister to Jake… plans to major in Communications.

Why UMKC?: "I chose UMKC because of the immediate connections that I made with the coaches and the girls on the team," commented Willems. "I also loved the campus and Kansas City just felt like home!"

Coach Hoyt on Willems:

“Mandy proved herself to be one of the best shooters in the country last season," Hoyt elaborated. "Her numbers speak for themselves in leading the country in made threes. As a program that prides ourselves in the ability to shoot the three, I couldn’t be more thrilled to add her skill set to our team. I think Mandy’s work ethic and attitude is something that is hard to find in today’s players. She is a true gym rat that will do whatever it takes to help her team find success. I think our fans are in for a treat watching her make shots from almost anywhere past half court!”

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