Women's Basketball

Abbie Willenborg
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Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Arlington Heights, Ill.

High School:
Hersey

Height:
6-2

Position:
Center/Forward

Abbie Willenborg

1999-2000:Willenborg became the school's all-time leading scorer on Feb. 18 as Marquette ran away with a 65-40 victory over UNC Charlotte in the Milwaukee Arena. The 6-2 senior surpassed Julie Sievers (1980-83), who had held the points record for 17 seasons, when she scored her 19th point of the game at the 9:23 mark of the second half. She became MU's all-time leading rebounder with her third rebound against UAB in the C-USA Tournament.

Willenborg concluded her career with 10 points and eight rebounds against Western Kentucky. Conference USA's all-time leading rebounder, Willenborg led Marquette with 9.2 rebounds per game. She shot 47% from the field and 68% from the line. Willenborg set career-highs in assists, blocks and steals, averaging 1.9 assists, 1.2 blocks and 1.6 steals per outing.

Willenborg became the third player in the history of the Marquette women's basketball program to reach the 1,000-point/1,000 rebound milestone after she surpassed 1,000 career rebounds against DePaul on Dec. 30. The senior joined MU alumnae Julie Sievers and Christine Kennedy, and finished her career with 1,818 points and 1,167 rebounds, the school's top all-time mark in both categories. In the win at Tulane on Feb. 5, she became Marquette's all-time leader in free throws made (now 435). Willenborg also is the program's all-time leader in free throw attempts (635).

She was named to the All-C-USA First Team for the third consecutive season.

As a Junior (1998-99): All-Conference USA First Team ... led team with 16.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game, and with 15 double-doubles ... also led C-USA in rebounding and double-doubles ... led Marquette in scoring 12 times and in rebounding 17 times ... led MU in both scoring and rebounding in the same game eight times ... scored in double figures in all but one C-USA contest ... hit double-figure points in 25 of the 29 games ... surpassed 1,000 career points against Illinois on Dec. 13 ... set single-season career-highs in three-point field goals, free throws, free throws attempted, assists and steals ... named C-USA Player of the Week on Feb. 1 after tallying 25 points and 15 rebounds against UAB (Jan. 29) and getting 19 points and nine boards against Memphis and All-America center Tamika Whitmore (Jan. 31) ... got hot in December: had then-career-high 30 points and 13 boards at Dayton (Dec. 6); scored 21 points, pulled down 11 boards and had career-highs of five assists and four blocks against Illinois (Dec. 13); and set new career-high with 31 points and grabbed a season-high 16 rebounds at DePaul (Dec. 20) ... 25 points and 14 boards in C-USA semifinal loss to Cincinnati (Feb. 28) ... 14 points and game-high 14 rebounds in NCAA Tournament game against Kansas (March 13).

As a Sophomore (1997-98): All-Conference USA First Team ... led team with 10.2 rebounds per game and finished second in scoring with 17.7 ppg ... 26th in nation in rebounding ... started all 29 games ... scored career-high 29 points to go with six rebounds and three steals against Saint Louis (Jan. 9) ... C-USA Player of the Week for the period ending Feb. 16 after averaging 20.5 points and 9.5 rebounds in Golden Eagle wins over UNC Charlotte (Feb. 13) and Saint Louis (Feb. 16) ... included in those figures was a 24-point, 11-rebound performance at Saint Louis ... 21 points and 13 rebounds against UNC Charlotte (Feb. 28) in quarterfinals of C-USA Tournament ... 13 points and 15 rebounds against Louisville (March 1) in semis ... registered team highs in scoring and rebounding with 22 points and 14 boards against Florida International in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (March 13) ... led team in scoring 11 times while pacing the Golden Eagles in rebounding 14 times ... posted 13 double-doubles in points and rebounds, including all three postseason contests.

As a Freshman (1996-97): Conference USA All-Freshman Team ... led team with 10.1 rebounds per game and finished second on squad with 11.3 points per game ... second in C-USA in rebounding ... led nation's freshman class in rebounds ... played in all 31 games with 16 starts ... member of C-USA All-Tournament team by averaging 18.7 points and 14.5 rebounds in the three games ... made collegiate debut with seven points and five rebounds against Tennessee (Nov. 23) in Vermont's Howard Bank Classic ... registered first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds against Northwestern (Nov. 27) ... career-high 19 rebounds to go with nine points against UW-Milwaukee (Nov. 3) ... season-high 22 points in addition to 14 rebounds against Cincinnati (Feb. 23) ... 18 points and 17 rebounds against DePaul (March 1) in C-USA Tournament ... led MU to semifinal victory in conference tournament with 17 points and 13 rebounds against Memphis (March 2) ... 21 points and 13 rebounds against Tulane in C-USA final (March 3) ... averaged six points and eight rebounds in two NCAA Tournament games ... led Golden Eagles in scoring five times, including all three tournament games ... led team in rebounding 21 times ... 12 double-doubles, including six-consecutive double-double games before the NCAA Tournament.

At Hersey: All-conference as a sophomore, junior, and senior ... team MVP in 1995 and 1996 ... Daily Herald All-Area in 1994, 1995, 1996 ... Chicago Sun Times All-Area, All-State in 1995 and 1996 ... Chicago Tribune All-State in 1995 and 1996 ... school records: points in one game (36), rebounds in a season (408), rebounds in one game (25) and free throws attempted in a season (242) ... all-conference in volleyball as a sophomore, junior and senior ... Daily Herald All-Area in volleyball as a sophomore, junior and senior ... 1995 team captain and team MVP ... Illinois Coaches Association First Team All-State in volleyball as a senior ... Chicago Sun Times All-Area in volleyball in 1994 and 1995 ... Chicago Tribune All-State Third Team in 1994 and Second Team in 1995 for volleyball ... volleyball team made it to the state tournament two years in a row ... 1995-96 MSL Academic Senior Athlete Award ... Illinois Sportswriter All-State First Team 1996 ... coached by Linda Mass.

Personal: Born August 21, 1978 ... daughter of John and Maureen Willenborg ... has two younger sisters ... marketing major.

Willenborg's Career Stats

Season G-GS FG-FGA PCT 3FG-FGA Pct FT-FTA Pct Reb/Avg PF A TO B S Min Pts Avg
1996-97 31/16 131-268 .489 5-21 .298 82-127 .646 314/10.1 99 15 54 8 36 24 349 11.3
1997-98 29/29 196-376 .521 9-39 .291 113-162 .698 297/10.2 89 23 79 20 29 29 514 17.7
1998-99 29/29 175-346 .506 11-41 .268 127-180 .706 288/9.9 91 34 79 19 42 29.1 488 16.8
1999-00 29/28 175-369 .474 4-20 .240 113-166 .681 268/9.2 80 54 75 35 46 29.4 467 16.1
Career 118/102 677-1359 .498 29-121 .240 435-635 .685 1167/9.9 359 126 287 82 153 -1818 15.4
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