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State college basketball notebook: Taryn Wicijowski named to Pac-12 team

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Published: Wednesday, March 7 2012 11:24 p.m. MST

Utah women's basketball player Taryn Wicijowski was selected to the All-Pac-12 team as chosen by the league's 12 head coaches on Tuesday. In addition, Michelle Plouffe was an honorable mention all-Pac-12 selection while Janita Badon was an honorable mention All-Defensive team pick.

Wicijowski ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in rebounding. (8.7). She was the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-MWC player two years ago before redshirting due to injury last season.

JENSEN NAMED GREAT WEST'S TOP PLAYER: Utah Valley University junior forward Sammie Jensen was named the 2011-12 Great West Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year Wednesday evening to highlight the conference's postseason awards.

Jensen was also named to the All-GWC First Team, while seniors Abbie Beutler, Jenna Johnson and Whitney Jenkins were named All-Conference Honorable Mention selections.

Jensen averages a double-double for the season and is the second-leading scorer in the GWC at 13.6 points per game and leads the league in rebounding with 10.3 boards per contest. The Stansbury Park native moves up from being the conference's newcomer of the year last season to the player of the year this seasson and she also moves up to the first-team after being a second-team honoree last season.

TWO UVU PLAYERS NAMED TO FIRST TEAM: On the eve of the quarterfinal round of the 2012 Great West Conference Tournament, the league has announced its 2011-12 All-Conference selections. Utah Valley University was well-represented, with all five starters receiving honors and head coach Dick Hunsaker named the conference's Coach of the Year for the second straight season.

Isiah Williams and Geddes Robinson were both named to the first team while Ben Aird and Holton Hunsaker received second team honors. Keith Thompson was an honorable mention All-Conference selection while Alfonzo Hubbard was named the league's Sixth Man of the Year and to the All-Newcomer Team.

DIXIE STATE MEN HEADING TO DII TOURNEY: Dixie State College will head to Bellingham, Wash., this week to compete in the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball West Region Tournament.

Top-seed Western Washington University will host the eight-team, three-day tournament in its Sam Carver Gymnasium.

The No. 6-seeded Red Storm (20-6) will face No. 3 Seattle Pacific (21-7) in the first of four games on Friday?at 1:30 p.m. MST. The day ends when the No. 8 Antelopes (19-7) of Grand Canyon University take on No. 1 Western Washington (25-5) at 8:30 p.m. MST.

GRIFFIN WOMEN EARNED NO. 4 SEED: The 15th-ranked Westminster College women's basketball team earned a No. 4 seed and will play fifth-seeded Belhaven (Miss.) in the first round of the NAIA Division I Women's Basketball National Championship. The 32-team, single elimination tournament will take place from March 14-20 in Frankfort, Ky.

Westminster is 22-8 on the season and is making a sixth straight appearance in the national tournament. Belhaven is 26-6 this season and made the field as winners of the Southern States Athletic Tournament.

The first round game will be played on Wednesday at 11:45 a.m. (MST) as the fourth game of the day. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the two teams. The winner will advance to a second round game on Friday at 8:45 a.m. against the winner of No. 1 Oklahoma City and Our Lady of the Lakes (Texas).

Meanwhile, head coach Shelley Jarrard was named as the Frontier coach of the year. Dana Bates, Cydney Tibbitts and Nicole Yazzie were each named first team all-conference. Jenteal Jackson was named to the second team.

WESTMINSTER MEN HONORED: Jake Orchard and Ben Walker were both named to the Frontier Conference first team while Jordan Hayter and AJ Reilly made the second team.

Montana Western's Steve Keller was selected as the 2011-2012 coach of the year. Montana Western senior guard Brandon Brown was named player of the year for the second straight year.

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