NJCAA.org | COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Kirkwood All-American Simone Goods has accomplished nearly all that a player can accomplish in her lone season at Kirkwood. She led the Eagles to unprecedented team success and won innumerable awards along the way. Among her vast collection of individual accolades from this season, none have been bigger than her latest addition.
Announced yesterday by the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Goods was named the 2017 Spalding® NJCAA DII Women's Player of the Year, as voted on by the association's DII women's basketball committee.
The Omaha, Neb., native was the top performer for the Eagles this season, which resulted in a school-record 37-0 undefeated record. Following an impressive showing in the Region XI Tournament, Goods shined at the DII National Tournament. In her four national tournament games, she averaged 15 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.
Perhaps her best outing of the season came in the national championship game against No. 2 Johnson County (KS) where she led all players with 19 points and 17 rebounds and also recorded three blocked shots. Her dominance throughout the tournament led the Eagles to the program's seventh national championship en route to her being named tournament MVP.
For the season, Goods averaged 16.2 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game. She also shot 67.9 percent from the field, which was the top mark in the Division II ranks.
Goods' consistency was on display nearly every outing as she surpassed 60 percent or higher in field goal percentage in 27 of Kirkwood's 37 games. She also shot an impressive 70 percent or better from the field on 19 different occasions.
Goods reached double-figures in scoring in all but three games this season and posted 10 double-doubles on the season.
Goods' award marks the second time in Kirkwood history that the women's basketball program has had the NJCAA National Player of the Year. Desiree Francis won the award in 1997 after leading the Eagles to the program's -- and Hall of Fame coach Kim Muhl's -- first national championship. Francis went on to play at Iowa State University and, after completing her career as a Cyclone, was drafted by the New York Liberty of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).