(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)
The West Coast Conference announced its 2011-12 women’s basketball awards today with BYU’s Kristen Riley receiving the Player of the Year honor.
Freshman Lexi Eaton was named Co-Newcomer of the Year along with Gonzaga’s Haiden Palmer. Eaton also made the All-Freshman Team. Riley and Haley Steed were named to the All-Conference Team. The league’s nine coaches selected all of the honors.
Riley led the Cougars in points and rebounds averaging 11.8 ppg and 7.9 rbs. In conference games she ranked fifth in scoring, first in rebounding, fourth in field goal percentage, second in 3-point field goal percentage, fifth in blocked shots and first in defensive rebounds.
During the WCC season she recorded eight double-doubles and became BYU’s 22nd player to reach 1,000 points in her career.
Eaton is BYU’s second leading scorer averaging 10.2 ppg and 3.0 rpg while Steed is top on the team in assists and in steals with 215 and 66 respectively. She currently ranks second all-time in career assists and broke the school record for assists in a season.
2012 WCC Women’s Basketball Individual Awards
Player of the Year: Kristen Riley - BYU
Defensive Player of the Year: Jazmine Jackson - Pepperdine
Co-Newcomer of the Year: Lexi Eaton - BYU
Co- Newcomer of the Year:– Haiden Palmer - Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Cindy Fisher - San Diego
Dominique Conners – San Diego
Alex Cowling – LMU
Natalie Day – Pepperdine
Jazmine Jackson - Pepperdine
Katelan Redmon - Gonzaga
Kristen Riley – BYU
Jasmine Smith – Saint Mary’s
Kayla Standish – Gonzaga
Haley Steed – BYU
Morgan Woodrow – San Diego
Rheina Ale – San Francisco
Lauren Bell – Pepperdine
Alex Carbonel – Saint Mary’s
Amy Kame – San Diego
Lindsay Leo – Santa Clara
Jackie Nared – Saint Mary’s
Haiden Palmer – Gonzaga
Alyssa Shoji – Santa Clara
Lexi Eaton – BYU
Sunny Greinacher – Gonzaga
Kari Luttinen – Pepperdine
Carli Rosenthal – Saint Mary’s
Taj Winston – San Francisco