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Burns, Robertson earn GNAC hoop honors for UAA women

Lone senior Kylie Burns and freshman Kiki Robertson earned second-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference honors for the UAA women's basketball team Tuesday.

A 5-foot-9 forward, Burns is UAA's leading rebounder (6.8 per game) and second-leading scorer (12.2 points per game). The Kansas City, Kan., player is among the conference's top 10 in rebounds, steals and 3-point shooting. Her 110 career 3-pointers and .795 free throw percentage ranks her eighth on UAA's all-time in each category.

Robertson, a 5-foot-7 point guard, leads the GNAC with 3.3 steals per game and is second with 5.1 assists per game. She has a top-20 national ranking in both categories.

The Honolulu native set UAA's freshman assist record with 132 and is nine steals shy of breaking the school record in that category. She averages 10.8 points and 4.2 rebounds a game and is the only underclassman to earn first-team or second-team GNAC honors this season.

Montana State Billings earned four top awards. Senior guard Bobbi Knudsen was named Player of the Year, junior forward Janiel Olson was voted Defensive Player of the Year, Yellowjackets coach Kevin Woodin earned Coach of the Year honors and senior Chelsea Banis was the conference's Newcomer of the Year.

Freshman of the Year honors went to UAF's Jordan Wilson.

The third-seeded Seawolves (19-7 overall, 12-6 GNAC) take on No. 6 Saint Martin's (17-10, 11-7) in the GNAC tournament quarterfinals Wednesday in Lacey, Wash., at 4:15 p.m.

GNAC all-conference

First team -- Bobbi Knudsen, Montana State Billings; Erin Chambers, Simon Fraser; Katie Benson, Seattle Pacific; Megan Hingston, Northwest Nazarene; Katie Colard, Western Washington; Janiel Olson, Montana State Billings. Second team -- Dana Goularte, Western Oregon; Sarah Hill, Western Washington; Suzanna Ohlsen, Seattle Pacific; Chelsea Haskey, Saint Martin's; Kylie Burns, UAA; Kiki Robertson, UAA.

Honorable mention -- Chelsea Banis, Montana State Billings; Jordan Wilson, UAF; Chelsie Luke, Northwest Nazarene; Jessica VanDyke, Central Washington; Katie Lowen, Simon Fraser; Jenni White, Western Washington; Kayleen Goggins, Montana State Billings.

GNAC tournament

Lacey, Wash.

Wednesday's UAA games

1:15 p.m. -- UAA men vs. Western Oregon

4:15 p.m. -- UAA women vs. Saint Martin's, 4:15 p.m.

All UAA games live on FM-93.7 KAFC


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