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Mullings' Player of Year award tops slew of UAA honors in GNAC women's hoop balloting

  • Author: Alaska News
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published February 29, 2016

Senior center Megan Mullings, who Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball coaches predicted before season's start would be the circuit's Player of the Year, earned that honor in balloting by league coaches, the conference announced Monday.

Mullings' achievement was the top award among a slew of honors seized by the league-champion Seawolves, who are 31-2 and ranked No. 1 in the nation among Division II teams.

Senior guard Jenna Buchanan joined Mullings on the first team, junior guard Kiki Robertson bagged second-team honors for the third straight season, senior transfer Keiahana Engel was voted Newcomer of the Year and junior Alysha Devine and senior Jessica Madison were both named honorable mention.

The six Seawolves honored represented the most from any team in the 11-team conference.

UAA, which lost its final regular season game to visiting Simon Fraser, next plays in the GNAC tournament Friday in Lacey, Washington. The Seawolves will face the winner of a game between Simon Fraser and Central Washington.

Mullings, a repeat GNAC first-teamer and an All-American last season as a junior, this season led the Seawolves with 16.6 points per game and added 6.1 rebounds per game. She is shooting 62.9 percent from the field.

Mullings is the third Seawolf, all post players, to earn GNAC Player of the Year. Hanna Johansson won in 2012 and Rebecca Kielpinski won three straight Player of the Year awards (2007-09).

Buchanan, from Galena, drained a school-record and league-leading 98 3-pointers this season, and also holds the school record for most treys in a career. She knocked down 44.5 percent of her shots from behind the arc this season and is the Seawolves' second-leading scorer at 12.9 ppg.

Robertson, who already has racked the school career assists record in less than three seasons, averages 5.5 assists per game.

Engel, of Anchorage, transferred from Division I Boise State for her final season of eligibility. She averages 9,9 ppg and 3.8 rebounds per game.

Devine, from Wasilla, averages 8.0 points and 5.0 boards per game. Madison is UAA's third-leading scorer at 10.1 ppg.

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