20 Brianne Ryan
20 Brianne Ryan
Height: 5-10
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Lynden, Wash.
High School: Lynden Christian HS '08
Position: G/F
Experience: 3L

2010-11: After a phenomenal junior campaign, Ryan was recognized by the conference coaches as a member of the All-Big Sky First Team. She also earned her second-straight Big Sky All-Academic honor. She played and started every game of the 2010-11 season, averaging a team-leading 33.2 minutes per game. As Eastern’s biggest offensive threat, Ryan averaged 13.9 points per game on 47 percent shooting, which did rank in the top 100 in the nation. Those numbers were even more impressive in Big Sky Conference play, as she led the league in minutes per game (35.8), and was third in scoring (15.9/game) and field goal percentage (.508). Through the first four weeks of the conference season, Ryan averaged 20.3 points per game. She scored in double figures in all but four games of the entire 2010-11 campaign, and turned in the single-best offensive performance of all players in the Big Sky with a career-high 33 points on 14-of-18 shooting against Sacramento State (Jan. 22). She had five games with 20+ points, which tied for the fifth-most in the Big Sky. Ryan not only proved to be one of the top offensive contributors in the league, but she also excelled on the defensive end, averaging 4.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game, which ranked 11th in the conference and second among Eagles. She registered three double-doubles throughout the year, including a 20-point, 10-rebound performance that propelled EWU to a 70-62 victory over eventual league-champion Portland State (Jan. 8). In Eastern’s historic road win at Montana (Feb. 26), Ryan contributed 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, six rebounds, three assists, two blocks and one steal. She had another invaluable all-around effort in Eastern’s 77-68 victory over Montana State in the BSC tournament quarterfinals, as she finished with 15 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals. Ryan scored a total of 432 points in the 2010-11 season, which ranks eighth all-time in EWU’s single-season record book.

2009-10: Had a stellar year for the Eagles, as she was named the Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Ranked in the top 15 in the conference in steals (1.4/game) and offensive rebounds (1.9/game). Led the Eagles on the glass in seven different contests, including three games with 10 boards. She was equally as impressive on the offensive end, as she recorded the best field goal percentage among all sophomores in the Big Sky at .418 and the 11th-best shooting percentage overall. For the Eagles, she was second behind Julie Piper in total points (282), field goals made (109), field goals attempted (261) and field goal percentage (.418). Ryan averaged the most minutes of any player on the roster at 28.5 per game. She tallied three double-doubles during the 2009-10 campaign, two of which were against Big Sky opponents. Helped the Eagles capture an important 90-85 win at Sacramento State (Dec. 31) with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and played a major role in Eastern’s 70-60 victory over Idaho State when she again registered 12 points and 10 boards. Tallied a season-high and team-leading 18 points at Northern Colorado (Jan. 14), which allowed Eastern to escape Greeley with a narrow 51-49 victory against the Bears.

2008-09: Ryan was named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. She started 19 games as a freshman and saw her shooting percentages rise once league play commenced, markedly in the three-point category. She shot 27.3 percent from the arc in non-conference games (9-of-33) and 45.2 percent in league contests (14-of-31).

High School: Ryan was named the state 1A Player of the Year her senior season after helping lead her Lynden Christian High School squad to a state title. She earned Most Valuable Player honors at the event. The team placed third her junior year and second the year before. She also earned All-Northwest League accolades three times (first team as a senior and junior, second as a sophomore), as well as in volleyball (first team as a senior, second as junior).

Personal: Daughter of Thomas and Neil Ryan. Sister, Kayleigh, is a freshman on the EWU women’s basketball team. Mother, Neil Ann, also played basketball for Eastern from 1979-82, and is the third-leading rebounder in school history with 1,008 career rebounds. Her career rebounding average of 8.47 ranks fourth in the EWU record book, while her 346 rebounds in the 1979 season is the fourth-best single season performance in program history. Ryan has two sisters, Kayleigh and Meagan, and one brother, Andrew. Majoring in professional accounting.

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