March 11, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State women's basketball players guards Devyn Christensen, Jennifer Schlott and Jenna Johnson all earned all-Western Athletic Conference honors Monday as voted on by the league's 10 coaches. Senior Devyn Christensen earned her second-straight first-team honor, while junior Jennifer Schlott and senior Jenna Johnson were named to the second and third teams, respectively. Johnson was also named to the league's all-Defensive team.
Christensen (Caldwell, Idaho) is just the second Utah State player to earn first-team all-WAC honors two-straight seasons after Ashlee Brown completed the feat last season. In 2009, Danyelle Snelgro was the first Aggie to be named to the first team. Christensen ended WAC action fourth in the league in scoring (18.3 ppg) and first in free throw percentage (.912). Overall, the senior is third in scoring, averaging 19.8 ppg. She also is first in free throw percentage (.923) which would break her own WAC record that she set last season (.898).
Schlott (Mesa, Ariz.) earned her first all-WAC honor after being named to the second team. Schlott had a breakout season, ending conference play sixth in the league in scoring, averaging 16.0 ppg. She was also second in assists (4.89 apg), second in free throw percentage (.852) and ninth in steals (1.89 spg). In league contests, she scored in double figures in 16 of the 18 games.
Johnson (Wasilla, Alaska) was named to the third team. She was seventh in the WAC in scoring 15.7 ppg and fourth in rebounding with 8.7 rpg. The senior ended WAC action tied for first in steals with San Jose State's Ta'Rea Cunnigan, averaging 2.72 spg. She has recorded three 20-point games this season.
Johnson earned her first spot on the WAC's all-Defensive team, becoming the fourth Aggie to do so after Ashlee Brown (2012). Alice Coddington was honored twice (2010, 2011) and Snelgro earned the award in 2009. The senior guard is tied for first in steals (49) and steals per game (2.72 spg).
With the addition of Schlott and Johnson, Utah State has now had seven different players earn all-WAC honors. Amber White was named to the all-WAC second-team in 2010, while Ana Pares earned second-team honors in 2009 to go along with Brown, Christensen and Snelgro.
This is the first time that Utah State has had three players earn all-WAC honors in the same season. Last year, Utah State had two players earn all-WAC honors. In 2009, both Snelgro and Pares were named to the second team. In 2005, Ali Marchant and Taylor Richards both were named honorable mention all-Big West, while Marchant and Christina Zdenek both earned the same award in 2004.
Five different schools are represented on the first team. Joining Christensen is Idaho's Alyssa Charlston, Seattle's Kacie Sowell, San Jose State's Cunnigan and Texas State's Diamond Ford.
Sowell earned WAC Player of the Year honors, while New Mexico State's Stefanie Gilbreath earned WAC Newcomer of the Year. Seattle's Joan Bonvicini was named WAC Coach of the Year in the Redhawks first year in the league.
College Sports Madness also announced its all-WAC team with Christensen earning WAC Player of the Year honors as well as first-team honors. Johnson was also named to the College Sports Madness second team.
The Aggies finished the regular season with a 17-12 record, including a 14-4 WAC mark. The 14 WAC victories for USU is the most wins in a season since joining the league for the 2005-06 season.
The WAC Tournament will be held March 12-16 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Utah State will now take on the winner of the game between seventh-seeded Denver and 10th-seeded UT Arlington on Wednesday, March 13 at 3:30 p.m. (MT). This is the second-straight time the Aggies have been the second seed in the WAC Tournament.
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2012-13 All-Western Athletic Conference Teams First Team All-WAC Alyssa Charlston Idaho P 6-1 Jr. Devyn Christensen Utah State G 5-6 Sr. Ta'Rea Cunnigan San Jose State G 5-9 So. Diamond Ford Texas State G 5-9 Sr. Kacie Sowell Seattle U P 6-2 Jr.
Second Team All-WAC Whitney Frazier Louisiana Tech F 6-1 So. Stefanie Gilbreath New Mexico St. G 6-1 Sr. Jennifer Schlott Utah State G 5-6 Jr. Sylvia Shephard Seattle U G 5-10 Jr. Emiko Smith Denver G 5-5 Sr.
Third Team All-WAC Stacey Barr Idaho G 5-8 So. Riana Byrd San Jose State F 6-1 Fr. Jenna Johnson Utah State G 5-10 Sr. Kamra King UTSA G 5-6 So. Brittany Lewis Louisiana Tech F 6-2 Sr.
All-Defensive Team Daidra Brown Seattle U G 5-6 Sr. Riana Byrd San Jose State F 6-1 Fr. Jenna Johnson Utah State G 5-10 Sr. Maiya Michel Denver F 5-11 Jr. Sylvia Shephard Seattle U G 5-10 Jr.
All-Freshman Team Riana Byrd San Jose State F 6-1 Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum) Kailey Edwards Denver G 5-9 Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy) Erin Peoples Texas State F 6-1 Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview) Lulu Perry Louisiana Tech G 5-6 Benton, La. (Benton) Christina Salvatore Idaho G 5-11 Anaheim, Calif. (Canyon)
Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell, Seattle U Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U Newcomer of the Year: Stefanie Gilbreath, New Mexico State Coach of the Year: Joan Bonvicini, Seattle U
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