West Virginia's women's soccer team swept the top awards as the Big 12 named its players of the year, coach of the year and all-conference awards Monday.The Mountaineers were well rewarded for their 13-3-2 season. Senior Frances Silva was named Offensive Player of the Year for her league-leading 12 goals, 13 assists and 37 points. Freshman Kadeisha Buchanan was named Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year.Both players were named to the All-Big 12 first team, and Buchanan named the All-Newcomer Team. Coach Nikki Izzo-Brown was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season.WVU also had two players on the first unit, freshman midfielder Ashley Lawrence and junior forward Kate Schwindel. Sophomore midfielder Amanda Hill made the second unit.
The All-Newcomer Team also included Lawrence and defender Carly Black, also a freshman.WVU cross country runner Sarah Martinelli has been named the school's athlete of the week. The senior from Morgantown led WVU to a second-place finish at the Big 12 meet, finishing eight in 20 minutes, 44.9 seconds.nn
MU SOCCER WINS: Chelsea Stalter scored her first two career goals and Morgan Cain iced the match as Marshall's women's team scored its first-ever postseason win, 3-1 over host Rice in the Conference USA tournament.Stalter put the Herd (10-6-3) up in the 10th minute off an assist from Erin Simmons, but the Owls (7-8-3) evened it up in the 61st minute. Two minutes later, Stalter struck again, and Cain scored off a Lizzy Lemons pass in the 77th.Marshall moves to the quarterfinals, taking on East Division top seed Charlotte.Defender Alyssa Cathey earned third-team All-Conference USA honors, becoming the seventh Marshall women's player to be so honored.
The junior from Fort Collins, Colo., has helped the Marshall defense hold opponents to 14 goals in 18 games, and has scored two critical goals at the other end - one to beat Middle Tennessee and another to tie Tulsa. That helped the Thundering Herd make the C-USA tournament.nn
MU BASKETBALL: Leah Scott scored 23 points and Suporia Dickens had nine points and 15 rebounds as the Herd women's team devoured Kentucky Christian 78-29 in an exhibition game at Cam Henderson Center.nn
MEC FOOTBALL: Shepherd took two of the three Mountain East Conference player-of-the-week awards in football, with Corey Washington (defense) and C.J. Davis honored.Washington forced a fumble and returned an interception 40 yards for a touchdown in the Rams' 45-19 win over Glenville State. Davis had a 90-yard kickoff return for a TDWest Virginia Wesleyan's Michael Anderson was the top offensive player, rushing for 224 yards and a touchdown in a 40-37 win over Fairmont State.Shepherd rose to seventh in the American Football Coaches Association poll.