Junior Bianca Ygarza helped lead the Royals to one of their best seasons in program history, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament. (Photo by Ryan Kelly)

Ygarza Earns Repeat Selection To All-State Second Team

Junior Bianca Ygarza (Conestoga, Pa./Penn Manor) has been named to the Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) All-State Second Team, giving Ygarza her second All-State honor.  The forward was also named to the Second Team of the All-State Women’s Basketball College Division last year.

Ygarza, who was named All-ODAC First Team earlier this year, helped lead a very balanced Royals team to their best ever ODAC finish at 15-1, and just the second NCAA Tournament berth in program history.  She was second on the team with 9.6 points per game and first with 7.0 rebounds.  Ygarza led Eastern Mennonite in free throws as well, hitting 80-of-121 tosses.

She finished in the top 23 in the ODAC in 12 different categories.  During the year, Ygarza scored a season-high 19 points to go with seven rebounds against nationally-ranked Messiah College.  She also had 15 points, including the game-winning offensive put-back with 1.3 seconds left, in an upset of then nationally-ranked Mary Washington.

The Royals finished the 2012-13 campaign with a record of 21-7 overall after a loss to Marymount (Va.) in the NCAA Tournament.  The women had a program-best 14-game winning streak snapped in the ODAC Championship game and finished with the fourth-most wins in EMU history.

VaSID is comprised of sports information or athletics communications professionals from intercollegiate institutions throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia. Membership is open to any individual affiliated with one of the state’s institutions at the NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II, NCAA Division III, NAIA, community college and independent levels, provided that individual’s area of responsibility lies within the realm of sports information.