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Monday, March 6, 2000

W E S T E R N _ A T H L E T I C

Howard co-player
of year in WAC

Rainbows named to All-WAC teams

By Al Chase


Raylene Howard was honored by the Western Athletic Conference for the fourth consecutive season yesterday.

The University of Hawaii senior was named Co-Player of the Year along with Karlin Kennedy of Southern Methodist.

Howard, a 5-foot-11 forward, leads the WAC in scoring with a 17.1 average. Also named to the All-WAC first team were Hawaii's Kylie Galloway, Marla Brumfield of Rice, and D-dra Rucker, SMU.

Amy Pack of Texas-El Paso was named Freshman of the Year and Kathy McConnell-Miller of Tulsa is the Coach of the Year.

Howard, from Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia, was WAC Freshman of the Year in 1996-97, an All WAC-second team pick in 1997-98, and the WAC Pacific Division Player of the Year in 1998-99.

Alexander heads UH’s
All-WAC picks

By Pat Bigold


After being shut out last year from postseason honors, three University of Hawaii men's basketball players were named yesterday to All-Western Athletic Conference teams.

It's the most selections the Rainbows (16-11, 5-9 WAC) have had since the 1993-94 season.

Marquette Alexander, Hawaii's 6-foot-8 senior center, was named to the All-WAC second team while 6-6 sophomore guard Predrag Savovic and 6-9 junior power forward Troy Ostler were named to the All-Newcomers Team.

It's the first time that Hawaii has ever placed more than one player on the newcomer team.

"Getting selected to the newcomer team means those guys have shot at All-WAC next season," said Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace.

"That's great," said an elated Alexander who received the news of his selection to the All-WAC second team while dining with his girlfriend last night. "I didn't make anything last year, so I'm really happy with this."

He is expected to play pro after he leaves Hawaii but Alexander said last night he still doesn't know where that will be.

"Marquette was one of the guys who turned it around for us from a 6-20 season," said Wallace. The Rainbows won only three conference games last season.

Alexander led Hawaii in scoring with 14.8 points a game and rebounding with 7.7 rebounds a game. He also ranked in the WAC's top 10 in field goal percentage (.517) and free throw shooting (.779).

"It's a great compliment to our program seeing that we haven't had the kind of WAC season we wanted,'' said associate head coach Bob Nash. "We have a nucleus here to build from even though we have to have some more players around these guys."

All-WAC Men's TEAM

First Team
Courtney Alexander, Fresno State, G, 6-5, Sr.
Eric Coley, Tulsa, F, 6-5, Sr.
Marquise Gainous, TCU, F, 6-9, Sr.
Jeryl Sasser, SMU, G, 6-6, Jr.
Brandon Wolfram, UTEP, F, 6-9, Jr.

Second Team
Willie Davis, SMU, G/F, 6-6, Jr.
Melvin Ely, Fresno State, C, 6-9, Jr.
David Shelton, Tulsa, F, 6-6, Jr.
Marquette Alexander, Hawaii, F/C, 6-9, Sr.
Larry Abney, Fresno State, F/C, 6-8, Sr.
Brandon Kurtz, Tulsa, C, 6-10, Sr.

Player of the Year
Courtney Alexander, Fresno State

Freshman of the Year
Roy Smallwood, UTEP

Don Haskins Coach of the Year
Bill Self, Tulsa

All-Newcomer Team
David Shelton, Tulsa, F, 6-6, Jr.
Roy Smallwood, UTEP, F,6-6, Fr.
Predrag Savovic, Hawaii, G/F, 6-6, So.
Bingo Merriex, TCU, G, 6-6, Fr.
Troy Ostler, Hawaii, F, 6-10, Jr.

ALL-WAC Women's Team

First Team
Marla Brumfield, Rice, G, 5-9, Sr.
Kylie Galloway, Hawaii, F, 6-0, Jr.
Raylene Howard, Hawaii, G, 5-11, Sr.
Karline Kennedy, SMU, F, 6-1, Sr.
D-dra Rucker, SMU, G, 5-11, Jr.

Second Team
Kirra Jordan, Rice, F, 6-1, Sr.
Tiffany Lewis, Fresno State, F, 6-0, Sr.
Lila Osceola, Tulsa, F, 5-10, Sr.
Amy Pack, UTEP, C, 6-0, Fr.
Kasie Pittman, Tulsa, G, 5-8, Sr.

Co-Players of Year
Raylene Howard, Hawaii,
Karlin Kennedy, SMU

Coach of the Year
Kathy McConnell-Miller, Tulsa

Freshman of the Year
Amy Pack, UTEP

All-Newcomer Team
Kim Lawson, Rice, G, 5-7, Fr.
Lindsay Logan, Fresno State, G, 5-6, Fr.
Amy Pack, UTEP, C, 6-0, Fr.
D-Dra Rucker, SMU, G, 5-11, Jr.
Janice Thomas, TCU, F, 6-0

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