Four Women's Basketball Players Honored by MVC

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ST. LOUIS - Kelsey Woodard has been named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference First Team as voted on by league media, sports information directors and coaches and announced by the league on Wednesday.  Sam Schuett was named to the All-MVC Second Team and the All-Defensive Team, Carli Tritz was named honorable-mention all-MVC and was joined by Sarah Nelson on the MVC All-Freshman Team.

Woodard leads the team and ranks among MVC leaders with a career-best 13.2 points per game this season.  Her 63 three-pointers on the year lead the team and rank third in the league.  The senior guard has scored in double figures 21 times this year and led the team in scoring 16 times.  The Bellevue (Neb.) West product ranks ninth in school history with 1,463 career points, while her 256 career three-pointers rank third in CU history and are tied for seventh in league history.  This is Woodard's first recognition on the first team, as she was an honorable mention selection as a sophomore.

Schuett is averaging 10.7 points and team-best 7.3 rebounds per game this season, ranking fifth in the league in rebounding.  The fifth-year senior was a first team all-MVC honoree last year and ranks among select company in school history.  The forward is one of only two players in school history with 1,000 points, 800 rebounds and 100 blocked shots in a career.  Her 866 career rebounds rank third in school history and are tops among active MVC players.  The Omaha Millard West graduate leads the Bluejays with five double-doubles and earned her first all-defensive team notice this season, becoming just the fourth Bluejay to earn MVC All-Defensive Team recognition.

Tritz becomes the first Bluejay freshman to be named to an all-conference team since Laura Spanheimer was named honorable mention in 2002.  The rookie guard set a league record this season, earning MVC Newcomer of the Week recognition nine times.  She leads the team with 95 assists and her team-leading 67 steals rank third in The Valley.  The Sioux City (Iowa) Heelan product leads all MVC freshmen and newcomers with 11 points per game, 47.2 field-goal percentage, 67 steals and 1.1 assist-turnover ratio.

Nelson, a two-time MVC Newcomer of the Week this season, ranks second on the team in blocked shots (26) and rebounds per games (4.6), while she adds 7.4 points per game.  The freshman forward from Omaha Westside has scored in double figures 10 times this season and made nine starts on the year.

Nelson and Tritz are the first Creighton duo to appear on the MVC All-Freshman Team together and are the eighth and ninth Bluejays honored on the team all-time.  The pair are just the second set of teammates in the last six years to be named to the team together, joining Missouri State's Casey Garrison and Jaleshia Roberson (2009).

Specialty awards (Coach, Player, Defensive Player, Freshman and Newcomer of the Year) will be announced in between opening round games of the State Farm MVC Tournament Thursday night in St. Charles, Mo.
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