Bragg, Woodworth named to NABC West first team


Two Western Washington University men's basketball players, center Austin Bragg and guard Richard Woodworth, were named first-team National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II West All-District selections in an announcement made Wednesday, March 19.

Bragg, a senior from Longview, averaged 17.3 points on 58.7 percent (178 of 303) field-goal shooting and 8.8 rebounds, and blocked 49 shots, all team-leading figures for the Vikings. Those numbers all ranked among the top five in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

Bragg had just the second triple-double in school history and only the third in GNAC history on Feb. 1 in a 99-76 victory over Alaska Anchorage, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

The 6-foot-9 Bragg topped the GNAC in double-doubles with 11 and scored double-figure points in 26 games. He twice earned GNAC Player of the Week honors, earning one for having 20 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks in a 72-69 win over nationally No. 1-ranked Metro State on Nov. 30.

Woodworth, a senior from Bellevue, finished his four-year Vikings career with 1,262 points, 394 rebounds, 342 assists, 132 steals and 43 blocked shots. He shot 47.9 percent (419-of-874) from the field, 41.5 percent (124 of 299) from 3-point range and 80.2 percent (300 of 374) at the free throw line. His point total ranks 15th among WWU career leaders and the assist total 13th.

The 6-3 Woodworth averaged 16.7 points, shooting team-bests of 82.7 percent (124 of 150) at the free throw line as well as 41.2 percent (40 of 97) from 3-point range. He scored a career-high 33 points at Simon Fraser on Feb. 8 and had 19 double-figure point games.

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