Kylie Burns, the only senior on the UAA women’s basketball team this season, was named Most Valuable Player at the team’s annual banquet Saturday night.
Burns, a 5-foot-9 forward from Kansas City, Kan., averaged 12.4 points and a team-high 6.9 rebounds for the Seawolves, whose 19-9 season ended last month in the first round of the NCAA Division II tournament.
Burns was a second team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection. She scored double figures 15 times in her final campaign and finished 20th on UAA’s career scoring list with 829 points. She ranks fourth all-time in games won (89) and games played (120) and eighth in 3-pointers made (112) and free throw percentage (76.0).
She was also a GNAC All-Academic Team honoree for the third straight year with a 3.29 grade-point average in dietetics.
Christina Davis, a junior guard, earned the Most Improved Player award and Alyssa Hutchins, a sophomore guard, was named Most Inspirational.
Davis, a transfer from Wyoming’s Gillette College, came off the bench in all 28 contests. She ranked in the top 11 conference-wide in three categories — ninth in assists (2.9 per game), 11th in steals (2.9) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.5) — despite playing just 17.2 minutes per game.
Davis came on strong during UAA’s late playoff push, including a season-high 13-point effort in the Feb. 27 road win over Seattle Pacific.
Hutchins, a former Class 4A Player of the Year from Wasilla, was a key reserve who played in 25 games. She shot a team-best 42.5 percent from 3-point range.
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