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Capping a regular season that saw the Trolls win a share of the CCAC Division II title, Trinity's women's basketball team brought home the three major conference awards. Amy Strong was selected as Coach of the Year, Kara Bruxvoort (Highland, Indiana) repeated as Player of the Year, and Jessica Eenigenburg (Cedar Lake, Indiana) captured Freshman of the Year honors.

"These accolades reflect the success we have enjoyed this year," said Strong, whose team entered post-season play with a 19-12 (8-2 CCAC) record. "Everyone has worked hard, on and off the court, and the recognition shows how much people respect and appreciate our efforts."

Heading the way is Bruxvoort, a 6-foot-2-inch center who has been named to the CCAC's Division II all-conference team each of her four years. This season, she's averaging 21.3 points, 10 rebounds and nearly four blocked shots each game while shooting close to 55 percent from the field, tops in the conference in each of those categories. The senior co-captain, who became Trinity's all-time women's leading scorer in January, also garnered Player of the Year for the North Central region of the National Christian College Athletic Association.

"I'm honored to win this award two years in a row," said Bruxvoort. "I was surprised to hear the news, but it shows that all the hard work and playing through injuries paid off."

Eenigenburg, by virtue of her all-conference selection, continues to rewrite the pages of Trinity's athletics records. A few months removed from shattering the College's career scoring mark for women's soccer, the standout freshman is the driving force behind the Trolls' recent resurgence on the basketball floor. She averages 2.5 steals to lead the conference and also contributes 12 points and three assists per game.

"Jess brings loads of energy and provides a big spark for us," said Strong, who is in her third year as head coach at Trinity. "She stepped into the point guard role very well and has played like a veteran. Coaching her for three more years should be fun."

"I didn't know about the award until Coach told me I won it," Eenigenburg said. "I'm excited to get it, but I'm more excited about what our team is doing. Our season started kind of rough for us, but things started coming together for a few weeks ago.

"Coach Strong deserves a lot of credit for that. Our team has a lot of talent, and she works hard to bring out the best in us. She's made me feel like I'm more than some little freshman and my role is important. She's a great example of a Christian woman for all of us to follow."

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