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BYU's Jennifer Hamson wins WCC Player of the Year honor

Published: Thursday, Sept. 3 2015 1:32 a.m. MDT

Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) does to the basket as Santa Clara Broncos forward/center Vanessa Leo (45) defends during a game against the Santa Clara Broncos at the Marriott Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014.  (Matt Gade, Deseret News) Brigham Young Cougars center Jennifer Hamson (5) does to the basket as Santa Clara Broncos forward/center Vanessa Leo (45) defends during a game against the Santa Clara Broncos at the Marriott Center on Saturday, January 25, 2014. (Matt Gade, Deseret News)

Monday was a good day for both the BYU men's and women's basketball teams.

While BYU's star guard Tyler Haws collected West Coast Conference Player of the Year on the men's side, BYU center Jennifer Hamson swept both WCC's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards on the women's side.

Hamson is the first women's basketball player to win both awards in the same season in WCC history.

The senior center averaged 18.5 points and 11.4 rebounds per game during the season, shooting a robust 57 percent from the floor. She also averaged 3.9 blocks per contest for the 24-5 Lady Cougars.

Hamson was also named to the all-WCC first team list. BYU guard Lexi Eaton was also named to the first team list. Kim Beeston and Morgan Bailey were each named to WCC's honorable mention list.

BYU has the No. 2 seed in the upcoming WCC women's basketball tournament after finishing 14-4 in conference play. Gonzaga has the top seed after a 26-4 season.

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