UAA honors Burns as women's basketball MVP

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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