March 5, 2007
Phynique Allen and Sydney Benson of the Eastern Washington University women's basketball team earned All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention accolades in an announcement made by the Big Sky Conference office on Monday (March 5). The honors were the first for the pair of sophomores.
Benson ended the season on a strong note, having recorded six double-doubles in her final 14 games and missing two others in that time span by just one rebound. She finished the 2006-07 regular season in second place among all Big Sky players with 8.4 rebounds per contest. Her average placed her 84th among NCAA Division I players. She also has swatted away plenty of opponent shot attempts, as her average of 1.31 blocks per game is tied for the fifth-highest average in the conference. From the free throw line, she shot an impressive 74.5 percent (70-of-94) and made 16 straight from Feb 13-20 and finished the season, making 16 consecutively, as well.
Allen has been one of Eastern's highest point scorers this year, as she scored an Eagle season-high 26 at Portland State on Jan. 13 and then nearly met that mark on Saturday (March 3) against Northern Arizona, scoring 25 points in that contest. In the Portland State contest, she also set an Eastern season high in free throw shooting, as she made all 10 charity tosses, becoming the first Eagle to make 100 percent of her free throws while attempting 10 or more since Kathleen Nygaard did so against Portland on Dec. 30, 2001. Allen also has both team season-high totals in assists with eight against both Sacramento State (Feb. 24) and Portland (Dec. 31).
"I'm happy for both kids who got mentioned on the honorable mention all-conference team," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "It's a bittersweet end to the year and hopefully we can bounce back and have a much better season next year."
2007 Big Sky Women's All-Conference Team
Mandy Morales, Montana - MVP
Natalie Doma, Idaho State
Andrea Lightfoot, Idaho State
Alyssa Wahl, Northern Arizona
Kelsey Kahle, Portland State
Sara Tuomi, Weber State
Sonya Rogers, Montana
Chelsey Warburton, Weber State
Rebecca Mercer, Montana State
Kim Winkfield, Northern Arizona
Britney Lohman, Montana
Jeni Boesel, Idaho State
Phynique Allen, Eastern Washington
Sydney Benson, Eastern Washington
Johanna Closson, Montana
Sade Cunningham, Northern Arizona
Heather Barbour, Northern Colorado
Whitley Cox, Northern Colorado
Kim Sheehy, Sacramento State
Most Valuable Player: Mandy Morales, Montana
Defensive Player of the Year: Laura Dinkins, Northern Arizona
Top Newcomer: Rebecca Mercer, Montana State
Outstanding Freshman: Claire Faucher, Portland State