Alaska players Cole, Effenberger & Fenumiai are tearing up NWAACC

January 7, 2014

With 32 different JCs spread over Oregon and Washington, the NWAACC is one of the biggest basketball leagues in the country.

There are more than 350 women – three of the best are from Alaska.

Anchorage’s Aminata Cole leads the league in blocked shots at 2.4 per game. Ketchikan’s Laci Effenberger leads the league in assists at 6.8 per game. And Juneau’s Gabi Fenumiai is second in the league in rebounds at 13.1 per game.

Aminata Cole BasketballCole, of Dimond High fame, is a 5-foot-10 freshman forward for the Southwestern Oregon Lakers. She ended last week with a 22-point, 18-rebound, 6-block performance in a 61-46 win over Mt. Hood. The rebounds and blocks were season highs.

She has blocked 22 shots over her last four games. She has had at least two blocks in nine of 15 games.

Cole is a player-of-the-year candidate as she leads the league in blocks [2.4] while ranking third in rebounds [11.8] and 15th in scoring [15.9]. Her season high in points is 32.

Laci Effenberger BasketballEffenberger, of Ketchikan High fame, is a 5-foot-7 sophomore guard for Clackamas Cougars. She is coming off an 18-point, 9-rebound, 5-rebound game in an 82-64 win over Lane.

She just missed reaching double figure in assists for the fourth time. Her previous doubles were 13, 11 and 10.

Effenberger, an All-Region pick a year ago, leads the league in assists [6.8] while ranking 10th in steals [2.7] and 18th in scoring [14.7] in 14 games.

She is averaging 18.2 points over her last six games, highlighted by a season-high 26.

Gabi Fenumiai basketballFenumiai, of Juneau-Douglas High fame, is a 6-foot freshman center for the Peninsula Pirates. She had 17 points and nine rebounds in a 76-62 loss to Whatcom.

She led the league in rebounding a few weeks ago, fueled by monster games of 23, 15, 15, 15, 13 and 13. She ranks second in the league at 13.1.

Fenumiai is averaging 12.2 points in 11 games, netting her season high of 17 three times.