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Newlee named WAC Coach of the Year, Barr Player of the Year

Newlee named WAC Coach of the Year, Barr Player of the Year
Jon Newlee, Idaho Vandals head women's basketball coach. (Courtesy GoVandals.com / Spencer Farrin)
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DENVER – The 2013-14 All-WAC teams have been named, following a vote of the WAC’s nine head coaches. Idaho’s Stacey Barr headlines the awards, earning WAC Player of the Year honors, while Texas-Pan American’s Shawnte’ Goff was named WAC Freshman of the Year and Idaho’s Jon Newlee earned WAC Coach of the Year honors.

A 5-8 guard, in WAC play Barr ranked second in the conference in defensive rebounds (6.44), fourth in both scoring (19.7) and three-pointers per game (2.5), sixth in rebounding (8.6) and 10th in assists (2.94). She posted double-doubles in half her WAC games and had nine games in WAC play with 20 or more points. Barr was a three-time WAC Player of the Week this season.

Goff earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors after scoring in double figures in 14 of 16 WAC games. In conference games only, she ranked second in the WAC in free throw percentage (83.9), and ninth in both scoring (15.0) and three-pointers per game (1.69). Goff was named WAC Player of the Week on March 3.

Newlee was named WAC Coach of the Year after leading the Vandals to their first-ever WAC regular-season title with a 15-1 league record and a 22-8 overall mark. Idaho posted an 18.8 scoring margin in WAC games and ranks in the Top 25 nationally in seven statistical categories. This is Newlee’s second WAC Coach of the Year honor, as he earned the award in his first season with the Vandals in 2008-09.

Five different schools are represented on the first team. Joining Barr are Bakersfield’s Tyonna Outland, Grand Canyon’s Kaitlyn Petersen, Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell and New Mexico State’s Danesia Williamson.

The All-WAC second teamers are Kansas City’s Eilise O’Connor and Kim Nezianya, Alyssa Charlston of Idaho, Seattle U’s Sylvia Shephard and Melissa Sweat of Bakersfield.

The All-Defensive Team is made up of five players from five different schools, including Outland, Shephard, Texas-Pan American’s Brittany Bush, Deanna Daniels of Grand Canyon and Idaho’s Ali Forde.

The All-Newcomer Team consists of Goff, Sweat, Johnna Brown of Grand Canyon and Utah Valley’s Katie Kuklok and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight.

First Team All-WAC
Stacey Barr, G, Jr., Idaho
Tyonna Outland, F, RS-Jr., Bakersfield
Kaitlyn Petersen, G, Jr., Grand Canyon
Kacie Sowell, P, Sr., Seattle U
Danesia Williamson, G, Jr., New Mexico State

Second Team All-WAC
Alyssa Charlston, P, Sr., Idaho
Kim Nezianya, F, RS-Sr., Kansas City
Eilise O’Connor, G, Sr., Kansas City
Sylvia Shephard, G, Jr., Seattle U
Melissa Sweat, G, Sr., Bakersfield

All-Defensive Team
Brittany Bush, F, Jr., Texas-Pan American
Deanna Daniels, F, Sr., Grand Canyon
Ali Forde, P, So., Idaho
Tyonna Outland, F, RS-Jr., Bakersfield
Sylvia Shephard, G, Sr., Seattle U

All-Newcomer Team
Johnna Brown, F, Sr., Grand Canyon
Shawnte’ Goff, G, Fr., Texas-Pan American
Katie Kuklok, G, So., Utah Valley
Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, G, Fr., Utah Valley
Melissa Sweat, G, Sr., Bakersfield

Player of the Year: Stacey Barr, Idaho
Freshman of the Year: Shawnte’ Goff, Texas-Pan American
Coach of the Year: Jon Newlee, Idaho
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