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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Fort Wayne's Amanda Hyde was named The Summit League Player of the Year for the second consecutive season in a vote of the league's eight head coaches, sports information directors and select media members. Four different teams were represented among the five individual awards.

   North Dakota State's Brooke LeMar was named the Newcomer of the Year while Taijhe Kelly of Omaha took home Defensive Player of the Year honors. South Dakota State's Kerri Young and Aaron Johnston were named Sixth Woman of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively.

   For the second-straight season, Hyde was named the league's Player of the Year. She becomes the fifth player in league history to earn the honor multiple times in her career. The senior guard ranks first in the league and 14th in the country in scoring at 22.0 points per game, while connecting on 56 percent of her shots this season. In all games, Hyde ranks fourth in both three-point field goal percentage (.409) and free throw percentage (.869). The Findlay, Ohio, native captured five Player of the Week awards this season, tying her for second in league history for single-season honors. A Capital One Academic All-America First Team selection, she broke the league's single-season free throws made record (enters tournament play with 199) and tied the league's single-game free throws made mark (18) twice. Hyde is the only player in the nation averaging 20 points, four rebounds and four assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field.

   LeMar becomes the first North Dakota State player to be named Newcomer of the Year. The junior guard averages 15.1 points per game, fifth in the league. She ranks second in assists  (5.3 apg) and third in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.5) this season. Overall, LeMar ranks in the top 10 in five league categories. 

   Kelly earns the first individual honor for Omaha in just its second year in the league. The junior broke the Maverick program record with 97 blocks this season, which ranks 10th on the league's single-season chart. Kelly ranks first in the league overall this season averaging 3.5 blocked shots per game and is fourth in rebounds per contest (6.9).

   Young is the second consecutive South Dakota State player to be named Sixth Woman of the Year (Katie Lingle). The freshman averages 8.4 points per game in league contests while shooting 83 percent at the free throw line. Young has connected on 41 percent of her shots this season and averages 1.8 assists per game. 

   Johnston collects his fourth Coach of the Year award after guiding South Dakota State to its third-straight and fifth overall regular season championship. The Jackrabbits finished league play with a 13-1 (.929) record, its highest winning percentage since going 17-1 (.944) in 2008-09. SDSU won its first eight league games en route to the regular season title and have a 22-8 overall mark entering tournament play.

   Joining Hyde as first team All-Summit selections are Fort Wayne's Haley Seibert, who tied with Hyde averaging 22.0 points in league games, IUPUI's DeAirra Goss with 17.4 points per league contest, South Dakota's Nicole Seekamp, who averaged 14.4 points and 3.6 steals in league games. South Dakota State's Megan Waytashek (10.9 ppg, .909 FT% in league games) earned her second consecutive first team selection and Western Illinois' Ashley Luke, who averages a double-double on the year with 20.3 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, round out the first team.

  The second team consists of LeMar, IUPUI's Nevena Markovic, Omaha's Ericka House, South Dakota's Polly Harrington and South Dakota State's Steph Paluch. Honorable mention selections include Kelly, the Denver tandem of Paige Bradley and Theresa Wirth and the Western Illinois duo of Michelle Maher and Tori Niemann.

  The all-newcomer team is comprised of LeMar, Niemann, Young, Omaha's Mikaela Shaw and South Dakota's Raeshel Contreras.

  The Summit League Tournament begins Saturday, at the Sioux Falls Arena in Sioux Falls, S.D., and will be televised on Midco Sports Network and Fox College Sports. Seven teams will vie for the NCAA automatic bid, which goes to the winner of the championship game on March 11 at 1 p.m. (CT) on ESPNU.

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2013-14 ALL-LEAGUE AWARDS

 

First Team

Name, School

Pos.

Yr.

DeAirra Goss, IUPUI

G

Sr.

Amanda Hyde, Fort Wayne

G/F

Sr.

Ashley Luke, Western Illinois

F

So.

Nicole Seekamp, South Dakota

G

Jr.

Haley Seibert, Fort Wayne

G

Jr.

Megan Waytashek, South Dakota State

F

Jr.

 

Second Team

Polly Harrington, South Dakota

F

Sr.

Ericka House, Omaha

G

Sr.

Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State

G

Jr.

Nevena Markovic, IUPUI

F

Jr.

Steph Paluch, South Dakota State

G

Sr.

 

Honorable Mention

Paige Bradley, Denver

G

So.

Taijhe Kelly, Omaha

C

Jr.

Michelle Maher, Western Illinois

G

So.

Tori Niemann, Western Illinois

G

Jr.

Theresa Wirth, Denver

F

Jr.

 

All-Newcomer

Raeshel Contreras, South Dakota

G

Jr.

Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State

G

Jr.

Tori Niemann, Western Illinois

G

Jr.

Mikaela Shaw, Omaha

G

Fr.

Kerri Young, South Dakota State

G/F

Fr.

 

Player of the Year

Amanda Hyde, Fort Wayne

 

Newcomer of the Year

Brooke LeMar, North Dakota State

 

Defensive Player of the Year

Taijhe Kelly, Omaha

 

Sixth Woman of the Year

Kerri Young, South Dakota State

 

Coach of the Year

Aaron Johnston, South Dakota State

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