WJU's Calvert is Cal Pac's top newcomer

By: Staff Report
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Rebekah Calvert made a major impact as a senior this year with the William Jessup University women’s basketball team. As a reward for her outstanding season, Calvert was honored with a unanimous first-team all-conference selection and was also voted the Cal Pac Conference newcomer of the year. A 5-foot-8 guard from Colfax High, Calvert played two seasons at Sierra College and one year at Mesa State before coming to William Jessup as a senior. She made the most of her single season, averaging 17 points, six rebounds, four assists, and 3.5 steals per game. She led the conference in steals, was second in scoring and fourth in assists. Calvert shot 47 percent from the field, 38 percent from 3-point range, and 78 percent from the free-throw line. “It was a real honor to coach Rebekah this season and have her as a part of our family,” said WJU coach Melissa Triebwasser. “She obviously is a special talent, but she brought so much more than just her basketball ability to this team. She is deserving of these individual awards, and I am glad that the other coaches in the conference recognized her.” Calvert had a knack for hitting big shots and getting to the free-throw line, averaging 5.5 attempts per game. She also produced perhaps the most memorable 10-second span of any player in the conference this season. Calvert connected on a 3-pointer with less than two seconds left in the game, stole the ensuing inbounds pass, then quickly nailed a jumper at the buzzer to give Jessup a stunning 95-93 road win over Cal State East Bay, its first victory of the season. The Lady Warriors, who were picked to finish eighth in conference before the season, hung in the middle of the pack for most of the year before a late season slide dropped them to sixth place with a 7-9 Cal Pac record. They dropped their opening round playoff game to Cal State East Bay on Feb. 24.