CHICAGO — 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.
"It's a great honor for Sammie. There are a lot of good players in this conference, and she has consistently performed all season long to earn this recognition," said UVU head coach Cathy Nixon. "These awards are a real credit to the players that were recognized as well as for the team, as it takes a team effort to make these players perform as well as they have."
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, Utah, 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.
Joining Jensen on the first team are Janay Dockery from Chicago State, NJIT's Rayven Johnson, Texas-Pan American's Bianca Torre and North Dakota's Allyssa Wall.
The second team includes NJIT's Denisa Domiterova, CSU's Natalie Marlowe, UND's Charnay Mothershed, UND's Nicole Smart and HBU's Devyn Weymouth.
Honorable mention honorees include UVU's Beutler, Jenkins and Johnson; UTPA's Donna Jackson, Keandra Goodson and Adanna Opara; HBU's Joselyn Pugh and Shanice Steenholdt; and NJIT's Nicole Maticka.
Five players were named to the All-Newcomer Team led by Domiterova who claimed Newcomer of the Year honors after leading the league in 3-pointers made with 2.7 per game. Joining her on the All-Newcomer team are UND's Emily Evers, UTPA's Keandra Goodson, HBU's Weymouth and CSU's Paris Williams.
Evers wins the Sixth Woman Award after coming off the bench to score 6.4 points and grab 4.6 rebounds per game.
North Dakota's Gene Roebuck was named Coach of the Year after leading the Fighting Sioux to the 2011-12 GWC title with a 9-1 league record. It is the second GWC Coach of the Year award for Roebuck, who also won the league's inaugural honor in 2009-10 after the Sioux captured the first GWC championship. This is Roebuck's 25th and final season at the helm of the Sioux, as he has announced his retirement. He holds a phenomenal 712-158 overall record, including a 626-144 mark at North Dakota.
The GWC Tournament begins Thursday in Chicago, Ill., and is hosted by Chicago State. UVU, two seed for the tournament, has earned a first-round bye and will open play in the semis Friday at 4 p.m. against the winner of No. 3 NJIT versus No. 6 Houston Baptist. The women's championship game will be played Saturday, with tipoff scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.