North Branch, NJ – Freshman point guard Precious Allah and Sophomore guard Olivia Nilsen were both selected to the Second-Team All-Region XIX.
Allah, a Monmouth Regional graduate, was the captain of the Lions offense during their 22-9 season. She finished the season #2 on the team in points (11.6/game), #2 in rebounds (4.7/game), and #1 in assists (5.0/game). In 18 separate games, Allah registered at least 5 assists and reached 10 twice. Allah totaled double-digit points in 15 contests and eclipsed the 20 point mark five times, with her RVCC career-high 30 coming in a remarkable win over Lackawanna College. She had two double-doubles on the season with 11 points, 10 dimes, and 9 boards against CCP and 20 points, 11 boards, and 5 assists against Harcum College. At 5’4” there isn’t a more fierce competitor out there and when it was time to take over, that’s exactly what Allah did. She helped guide the Lions to their second twenty-win season in a row while pulling off victories over opponents RVCC has not beaten in decades. In the Lions two biggest wins of the year, over Lackawanna College and Harcum College, Allah was the catalyst behind the success. In addition to this recognition, Allah was also named Garden State Athletic Player of the Week for her performance during the week ending 11/25/18.
This is Olivia Nilsen’s second time being recognized as an All-Region XIX player as she was awarded Third-Team All-Region during her freshman campaign. The sharpshooter from Bound Brook High School caught the league off guard last season, but this year she was on every scouting report. Still, Nilsen managed to find the space she needed to get her shots up and led the team in scoring for the second straight year with 16.5 points per game. Nilsen has put herself in rarified air as she eclipsed the 1,000-point mark during her penultimate game as a Lion and finished her career with 1,008 total points. She is the first female basketball player to accomplish this feat. 10 times last season and 12 times this season, she drilled at least 4 three-pointers. She notched her career-high 7 three’s this year in a win against Lackawanna College. She has scored over 20 points 22 times in her career and has gone for at least 30 on three separate occasions. She notched her career-high 34 points while making 6 threes, in a win last season against Mercer County Community College. Her stellar freshman year earned her a roster spot on the NJCAA WBCA All-Star team where Olivia competed against the best JUCO players in the country for a weekend tournament in Atlanta, Georgia. She became the first ever RVCC Women’s Basketball player to be selected as an NJCAA WBCA All-star.
Congratulations to Precious and Olivia on a wonderful season and on the awards they have earned!