DePaul Women Earn Big East Honors

DePaul Women Earn Big East Honors

CHICAGO - DePaul women's basketball standouts - Anna Martin, Brittany Hrynko, Katherine Harry and Chanise Jenkins - each earned BIG EAST Conference postseason honors. Martin earned the league's Sportsmanship Award and Hrynko shared Co-Most Improved Honors.

Anna Martin became the third consecutive and fourth overall DePaul player to earn the conference's Sportsmanship Award. Martin, a co-captain for the Blue Demons -- is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award. The Lexington, Ky. native averages a team -best 15.7 ppg.

After not missing a game in her previous three seasons, Martin battled through injuries to both knees and became a "student coach" on the sidelines to remain a part of the team. A member of DePaul's Captains' Council, a participant in DePaul's Student-Leader meetings and a volunteer at Lincoln Park area grade school basketball clinics -- Martin has become an integral part of DePaul's community. The four-year starter also volunteers with Children of the Americas, Kentucky Community Centers and has participated in Misericordia Candy Days, St. Vincent DePaul Feed the Homeless Sandwich Drive, St. Vincent DePaul Soup Kitchen and Sheffield Garden Walks. Martin, an All-American, was named the team's Most Outstanding Performer as a junior after stepping up when three seniors were lost to season-ending injuries. She participated in DePaul's Vincentian Heritage Tour in France and Sports Reach Ministries Mission Trip to Brazil.

Hrynko shares the league's Most Improved honors with Connecticut's Kelly Faris. Hrynko, a sophomore guard, is the first DePaul player to earn this honor. The Philadelphia native enters the BIG EAST Conference Championship ranked seventh in scoring with 16.3 points per game and fifth in assists (4.8 apg) and steals (2.7 spg). In her rookie campaign last season, Hrynko averaged 10.8 ppg and 1.9 steals per game. This year, Hrynko made 41 3-point field goals after making 30 in league play last year.

Leading DePaul in scoring during the BIG EAST regular season, Hrynko became the first DePaul sophomore to earn first-team honors. The guard controls DePaul's offense with her ability to see the floor and to shoot from anywhere on the court. Hrynko was named to the All-Freshman team in 2011-12.

Katherine Harry and Martin earned second-team honors. Harry led the BIG EAST in rebounding with 10.6 boards per game in conference contests. The senior from Columbia Mo., finishes her career ranked ninth all-time in the league with 565 rebounds in 64 conference contests. This season, Harry has the league's two best rebounding performances - grabbing 22 at Loyola in the non-conference season and finishing with 18 at Pittsburgh on Mar. 2. The senior forward was an honorable mention selection last season.

Martin averaged 14.8 points in eight conference games. A proficient shooter, Martin was 43-for-94 (.457) from the field which included 10 3-pointers.

Jenkins became the fourth DePaul freshman to be named to the league's rookie team. Jenkins started all 16 conference games and dished out five or more assists in six games. Jenkins ranks seventh in the league with 4.3 assists per game while her 1.1 assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 11th.

The awards were announced prior to the start of the 2013 BIG EAST Women's Basketball Championship Presented by American Eagle Outfitters, March 8-12 at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. The awards for the BIG EAST Player of the Year, Freshman of the Year, Scholar-Athlete of the Year and Coach of the Year will be revealed at a press conference on March 8 at the XL Center at 2 p.m. ET.

DePaul begins its BIG EAST Championship quest on Saturday when it takes on either No. 15 Pittsburgh or No. 10 Marquette on Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT). The Second Round game will be televised on the BIG EAST Network.

2012-13 BIG EAST WOMEN'S BASKETBALL POSTSEASON HONORS

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G

BIG EAST Sixth Man Award

Carmen Tyson-Thomas, Syracuse, Sr., G

BIG EAST Most Improved Player

Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, So., G

BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award

Anna Martin, DePaul, Sr., G

All-BIG EAST First Team^

Stefanie Dolson, Connecticut, Jr., C

*Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, Connecticut, So., F

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, So., G

Sugar Rodgers, Georgetown, Sr., G

Shoni Schimmel, Louisville, Jr., G

Natalie Achonwa, Notre Dame, Jr., F

*Skylar Diggins, Notre Dame, Sr., G

Kayla McBride, Notre Dame, Jr., G

Nadirah McKenith, St. John's, Sr., G

Shenneika Smith, St. John's, Sr., G

*Andrea Smith, USF, Sr., G

Kayla Alexander, Syracuse, Sr., C

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Dayeesha Hollins, Cincinnati, R-Jr., G

Kelly Faris, Connecticut, Sr., G

Katherine Harry, DePaul, Sr., F

Anna Martin, DePaul, Sr. G

Antonita Slaughter, Louisville, Jr., G

Katherine Plouffe, Marquette, Jr., F

Symone Roberts, Providence, Sr., G

Brittany Morris, Seton Hall, Sr., G

Andrell Smith, USF, Sr., G

Laura Sweeney, Villanova, Sr., F

BIG EAST Honorable Mention

Bria Hartley, Connecticut, Jr., G

Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, Fr., F

Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, Fr., G

Brianna Kiesel, Pittsburgh, So., G

Erica Wheeler, Rutgers, Sr., G

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

Moriah Jefferson, Connecticut, Fr., G

*Breanna Stewart, Connecticut, Fr., F

Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, R-Fr., G

Brooklyn Pumroy, Marquette, Fr., G

*Jewell Loyd, Notre Dame, Fr., G

*Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, Fr., G

Kahleah Copper, Rutgers, Fr., G

Brianna Butler, Syracuse, Fr., G

*Brittney Sykes, Syracuse, Fr., G

Alisia Jenkins, USF, Fr., F

*Unanimous selection

^ Extra members added due to voting ties

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