March 5, 2012 in Sports

EWU’s Ryan named Big Sky most valuable player

By The Spokesman-Review
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Eastern Washington senior Brianne Ryan has been named the Big Sky Conference most valuable player.
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Finishing as the NCAA Division I 21st leading scorer in the nation in women’s basketball is no small accomplishment.

That’s why it came as no surprise that Eastern Washington’s power forward Brianne Ryan is the Big Sky Conference’s MVP, which was announced on Monday.

Ryan and Coeur d’Alene High graduate Katie Baker (Montana) are unaniomous selections among the nine coaches in the conference to the all-Big Sky first team, while EWU point guard Chene Cooper made the second team.

Ryan, a senior from Lynden, Wash., made the first team for the second straight season and is only the second player in EWU history to earn Big Sky MVP honors, following in the footsteps of Julie Piper (2009-10).

Ryan averaged 19.3 points a game this season and scored 30 or more points in four games. She was also co-defensive player of the year in 2009-10.

Cooper, a senior from Puyallup, Wash., finished first for the Eagles and sixth in the nation among Division I players in assists (6.8 per game).

Charlston and Karr earn all-WAC honors

After dropping their first five Western Athletic Conference contests this season, Idaho battled its way to fourth in the final standings.

Sophomore Alyssa Charlston and freshman Krissy Karr were a big part of that climb, and were rewarded on Monday as Charlston was named to the all-WAC first team and Karr earned all-freshman team honors.

Charlston led the Vandals in scoring and rebounding, and ranked fourth in the WAC with 15.5 points per game and second in the conference with 10.1 boards a game. She is the first Idaho player to earn first-team honors since the Vandals joined the WAC in the 2005-06 season.

Karr, a true freshman point guard, started 24 games this season and ranked third in the WAC with 4.36 assists a game in conference play.

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