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Illinois State senior Simone Goods drives on Saint Louis forward Evan Zars on Dec. 20 at Redbird Arena.

In her first two seasons as Illinois State women’s basketball coach, Kristen Gillespie has successfully recruited two junior college players to the Redbirds.

Wednesday’s announcement of the Missouri Valley Conference all-star team offered validation that Gillespie chose wisely.

ISU senior Simone Goods and junior TeTe Maggett were named to the first team of the MVC all-star squad.

“What a tremendous day for our program having two first team all-conference players,” Gillespie said. “Simone and TeTe are extremely deserving of these awards.”

An honorable mention choice last year in her first season at ISU, Goods ranks third in Valley scoring at 17.4 per game, fourth in rebounding at 7.8 and third in field goal percentage at 54.0.

“Simone has been outstanding for us all season,” said Gillespie. “This award is a direct reflection of her commitment in the offseason. Her ability to score and make a positive impact on our team while facing multiple defensive schemes has been a huge key to our success this season.”

A transfer from Vincennes University, Maggett is fourth in league scoring (15.8), ninth in free throw percentage (80.3) and 12th in assists (2.5).

“TeTe is one of the most dynamic guards in the MVC,” Gillespie said. “She has shown time and again she can take over the game in a variety of ways. TeTe works tirelessly on her game and is driven to become the best player she can be.”

Other members of the first team were the Drake trio of Sammie Bachrodt, Sara Rhine and Becca Hittner, Bradley’s Gabi Haack and Chelsea Brackmann, Danielle Gitzen of Missouri State, Southern Illinois’ Nicole Martin, Abby O’Connor of Loyola and Northern Iowa’s Karli Rucker.

No Redbirds were selected to the all-defensive or all-freshman teams.

Valley specialty awards will be announced Thursday between play-in games of the MVC Tournament at the TaxSlayer Center in Moline.

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Contact Randy Reinhardt at (309) 820-3403. Follow him on Twitter: @Pg_Reinhardt

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