22 Brianne Ryan
22 Brianne Ryan
Height: 6-0
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Lynden, Wash.
High School: Lynden Christian HS '08
Position: G
Experience: 2L

Head Coach Wendy Schuller on Ryan: “Brianne is long and athletic and has a big time motor. She plays so hard and can just go, go, go. Obviously, she is one of our top defenders. She earned Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year last year, which is something she takes a lot of pride in. She likes knowing that if there is one particular person on the opposing team that we need to stop, she gets the assignment. She spent a lot of time in the off season improving her three-point shot and mid-range jumper, and both are much, much better. One thing we would like to see is more rebounding from Brianne. We know she has the ability to average six or seven a game because she just has a nose for the ball. We need her to get to the glass and continue to take a good number of high percentage shots.”

2009-10: Had a stellar year for the Eagles, as she was named the Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Ranked in the top 15 in the conference in steals (1.4/game) and offensive rebounds (1.9/game). She led the Eagles on the glass in seven different contests, including three games with 10 boards. She was equally as impressive on the offensive end, as she recorded the best field goal percentage among all sophomores in the Big Sky at .418 and the 11th-best shooting percentage overall. For the Eagles, she was second behind Piper in total points (282), field goals made (109), field goals attempted (261) and field goal percentage (.418). Ryan averaged the most minutes of any player on the roster at 28.5 per game. She tallied three double-doubles during the 2009-10 campaign, two of which were against Big Sky opponents. Helped the Eagles capture an important 90-85 win at Sacramento State (Dec. 31) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and played a major role in Eastern’s 70-60 victory over Idaho State when she again registered 12 points and 10 boards. Tallied a season-high and team-leading 18 points at Northern Colorado (Jan. 14), which allowed Eastern to escape Greeley with a narrow 51-49 victory against the Bears. 

2008-09: Ryan was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. She started 19 games as a freshman and saw her shooting percentages rise once league play commenced, markedly in the three-point category. She shot 27.3 percent from the arc in non-conference games (9-of-33) and 45.2 percent in league contests (14-of-31).

High School: Ryan was named the state 1A Player of the Year her senior season after helping lead her Lynden Christian High School squad to a state title. She earned Most Valuable Player honors at the event. The team placed third her junior year and second the year before. She also earned All-Northwest League accolades three times (first team as a senior and junior, second as a sophomore), as well as in volleyball (first team as a senior, second as junior).

Personal: Daughter of Thomas and Neil Ryan. Mother, Neil, played basketball for Eastern from 1979-82, and is the third-leading rebounder in school history with 1,008 career rebounds. Her career rebounding average of 8.47 ranks fourth in the EWU record book, while her 346 rebounds in the 1979 season is the fourth-best single season performance in program history. Ryan has two sisters, Kayleigh (16) and Meagan (21), and one brother, Andrew (18). Undecided on a major.

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