Basketball players are Eastern's recipients for the month of December
Junior women's basketball forward Julie Piper and freshman men's basketball guard Glen Dean have been selected as Eastern Washington University's December Scholar-Athletes.
Piper, a science education and biology major with a 3.66 grade point average, is a 2007 graduate of Roseburg (Ore.) High School. Dean is a 2008 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Seattle, Wash., and has a 3.85 GPA with his major undeclared.
Piper leads the women's team in scoring (11.0 points per game), rebounding (6.5) and field goal percentage (.481) as she has led the team in scoring four times and rebounding on six occasions. She had two double-doubles this season with highs of 16 points and 11 rebounds for the 7-6 Eagles (1-0 in the Big Sky Conference).
A year ago, Piper earned All-Big Sky honorable mention accolades as she averaged 11.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. She had the best scoring output by an Eagle in the 2008-09 season, scoring a career-high 23 against Portland State on Jan. 24. Piper also led the team in rebounds in 18 different contests.
Dean is averaging 11.3 points in his debut season for the EWU men's team, and leads the Eagles with an average of 3.8 assists per game to rank third in the Big Sky. He has led Eastern in scoring five times and assists in nine of 15 games for the 5-10 Eagles (1-1 in the Big Sky).
In his most recent outing against Sacramento State on Dec. 31, Dean scored 29 points as he made 8-of-17 shots from the field and 6-of-7 free throws, and had seven assists and just two turnovers in 34 minutes of action. He tied the school record with seven three-pointers in 12 attempts, equaling the mark set on 11 previous occasions by five other players.
Dean had 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting and 10 assists in Eastern's three-point loss at Nevada on Dec. 17, earning high praise from head coach Kirk Earlywine. Dean equaled the 14th-best recorded assists total in school history, and was the most since Rodney Stuckey (now with Detroit Pistons) had 10 versus Idaho State on Feb. 22, 2007.
"I couldn't ask for anything more from Glen Dean -- I thought he was spectacular," said Earlywine. "Glen was terrific against Nevada."