Three women's basketball players earn All-WAC honors

3/5/2007 8:00:00 AM

Dellena Criner became just the second Nevada player to receive first-team All-WAC honors and was one of three Wolf Pack players honored in the conference's postseason awards. The awards were voted on by the league's coaches.

Criner, a sophomore point guard from Oakland, Calif. (Fremont HS), was picked as a first-team selection and also made the league's All-Defensive Team. Senior Traci Graham (Reno, Nev., McQueen HS) was a second-team All-WAC selection and freshman Marianne Lombardi (Yakima, Wash., Eisenhower HS) was named to the All-Freshman Team.

"I am very proud of these players and happy that they are getting the recognition that they deserve," Nevada coach Kim Gervasoni said. "These kids worked hard in the offseason to improve their games and to help our team improve and I think the results speak for themselves. I think these awards are well-deserved and in my opinion, they are team awards."

Criner averaged 14.8 points per game in WAC play, which was sixth in the league. She was also second in steals, 10th in free throw shooting and eighth in 3-point shooting. She is Nevada's first All-WAC first-team selection since Kate Smith was a first-team pick two years in a row (2000-01 and 2001-02).
 
Graham averaged 14.5 points per game (7th in the WAC) while leading the conference in steals at 2.69 per game. Graham was also second in free throw shooting, seventh in 3-point shooting and tied for first in 3-pointers per game.

Lombardi started 11 of Nevada's 16 WAC games, scoring 4.9 points per game while leading the team in rebounding at 4.8 boards per game. She shot 47 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line. This is the third year in a row that Nevada has been represented on the All-Freshman Team as Meghan McGuire was named to the team in 2004-05 and Criner and Brandi Fitzgerald made the team last season.

Louisiana Tech's Shan Moore was the Player of the Year while Idaho's Katie Madison was the Newcomer of the Year. Boise State coach Gordy Presnell was named the Coach of the Year.


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