Ryan tabbed as one of the top players among mid-majors
Already recognized by the conference coaches as the Big Sky MVP and unanimous first-team selection, senior Brianne Ryan of the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team continues to haul in the hardware.
Ryan was tabbed by College Sports Madness as one of the top players among all mid-major schools across the nation. One of only two Big Sky players appearing on the list, the 5-10 guard from Lynden, Wash., was named to the All-Mid Major Second Team. Northern Colorado's D'shara Strange was a fourth-team selection.
Ryan was also selected by College Sports Madness as the Big Sky Player of the Year. Fellow senior Chene Cooper and junior Carrie Ojeda also made CSM's All-Big Sky list. Cooper was a second-team selection, while Ojeda garnered fourth-team honors.
Behind the leadership of these three upperclassmen, Eastern earned its third-straight bid to the Big Sky Conference Championship, which begins Thursday (March 8) in Pocatello, Idaho. No. 3-seeded Eastern will take on No. 6 Sacramento State in quarterfinal round.
Ryan led the Big Sky in scoring throughout the entire 2011-12 campaign, and currently ranks in the top 25 nationally. She scored in double figures every game of the regular season, and ranks second on the team in rebounds (5.4), steals (2.0) and assists (1.7).
Cooper led the league in both assists and steals, and ranks in the top 20 in the nation in both categories. She averages just under seven assists per game, and has had five games this season with 10 or more. She is also the second-leading scorer on the team behind Ryan.
Ojeda is the best shot blocker in the Big Sky, averaging 1.8 per game. She also ranks in the top 10 in rebounding (7.0) and field goal percentage (45.5), while ranking 12th in steals (1.8). Ojeda has registered six double-doubles this season, five of which were in conference play.
Ryan, Cooper and Ojeda were all honored during the regular-season as Big Sky Players of the Week. Ryan received the accolade on three separate occasions, while Cooper and Ojeda won it in back-to-back weeks.