Hrynko Named Big East Player of the Year

CHICAGO - DePaul senior All-American guard Brittany Hrynko was named the BIG EAST Conference Player of the Year in an announcement by the league office on Tuesday. Chanise Jenkins and Megan Podkowa were both second-team all-conference performers and Jessica January was an honorable mention selection. Mart'e Grays was named to the All-Freshman team.

Brittany Hrynko is the first DePaul player to be named the BIG EAST Player of the Year and the first Blue Demon women's basketball player to earn the conference's top award since the 1995-96 season when DePaul was a member of Conference USA. The Philadelphia native becomes just the sixth DePaul player in the program's 40-year history to be named a conference player of the year -- Diana Vines did it twice when the Blue Demons competed in the North Star Conference.

Hrynko led the BIG EAST Conference in scoring for all games (20.3) and against BIG EAST opponents (21.9). She scored a career-high 38 points at Georgetown and eclipsed the 30-point mark four times this season. Utilizing her quickness on and off the ball, Hrynko led the BIG EAST in steals with 2.6 per game. The senior guard recorded three or more steals in 13 games and tied a career-high with eight steals against Providence.

Hrynko, whose name appears on the Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 list, the John R. Wooden Award Late Season Top 20 list and the Dawn Staley Award Mid-Season Watch List, is second in the league in assists (5.2) and three-point field goals (2.7). She also ranks sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.457) and three-point field goal percentage (.362) and 14th in free throws (.661). More impressive is that Hrynko does all of that while averaging just under 30 minutes per game.

A four-year starter, Hrynko leaves her name imprinted in the BIG EAST record book. The 2014-15 BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year ranks 16th in scoring (1,080), second in three-pointers (165), eighth in assists (343) and 10th in steals (176). She is also among the all-time leaders in field goals (956) and three-point field goal attempts (470). The senior became one of just nine players and the first since Connecticut's Maya Moore (2010-11) to be named the Player of the Week five or more times in a single season.

Hrynko becomes the first DePaul player to be recognized as an all-conference performer in four-straight seasons. She was an all-freshman selection in 2011 and a first-team performer the last three seasons including two-straight unanimous selections. She was also named the league's Most Improved Player in 2012-13.

A high percentage passer, Jenkins was named to the second team after leading the Blue Demons with a 2.4 assist-to-turnover ratio. The junior's assist-to-turnover ratio ranks 18th in the nation and is second in the BIG EAST.

The Chicago native was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll this week after scoring a career-high 24 points in DePaul's win over Marquette. Jenkins averages 12.2 points per game which ranks 16th in the league and has paced DePaul in scoring six times.

Jenkins ranks second in the league with her .395 three-point field goal percentage and third in assists with at 4.9. She is seventh in the league in field goal percentage (.473) and steals (2.1) and ninth with 1.7 three-pointers per game.

Podkowa's ability to play anywhere on floor made the junior a constant threat and a second-team all-BIG EAST performer. The junior's .521 field goal percentage is second-best in the conference and ranks 32nd in Division I. During league play, Podkowa converted on a conference-best 54 percent of her shots.

The Glenview native paced the Blue Demons with 6.3 rebounds per game which ranks 11th in the conference. Podkowa led DePaul on the glass in 11 games and grabbed a career-high 16 boards against Northwestern in the non-conference season. She ranks fourth in the league with 1.2 blocks and is 12th with 1.5 steals per game.

A threat under the basket, Podkowa is also third in the BIG EAST in three-point field goal percentage (.391). The junior knocked down 25 trifectas against conference opponents and her .472 average from behind the arc was the league's best.

January was named an honorable mention performer after averaging 11.4 points per game in league play and ranked 17th in the conference with 12.1 points in all games. The Richfield, Minn. native paced DePaul in scoring in five games, in rebounding in three and assists in five.

The sophomore guard dished out 3.8 assists per game which ranked eighth while her 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio was fourth. In league play, January boasted a conference-best 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

Grays became DePaul's sixth all-freshman honoree after appearing in 16 league games. She reached double-figures against five league opponents and scored a season-best 16 points in a nonconference game at Chicago State.

Since 2005-06, 17 DePaul players have earned All-BIG EAST Conference honors a total of 26 times. Hrynko is making her third appearance on the first-team all-conference list which matches Allie Quigley for the most all-time. Podkowa, Jenkins and January are first time all-conference honorees.

DePaul is the No. 2 seed at the BIG EAST Conference Tournament Mar. 7-10 at the Allstate Arena. Seton Hall is the No. 1 seed after winning the regular-season series with the Blue Demons.

DePaul is set to square off with the winner of the Georgetown/Xavier game on Sunday, Mar. 8 at 6 p.m. The quarterfinal game will be broadcast on FOX Sports 2.

BIG EAST Player of the Year

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Sr., G

BIG EAST Freshman of the Year

Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Fr., G

BIG EAST Coach of the Year

Tony Bozzella, Seton Hall

BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year

Daisha Simmons, Seton Hall, Grad., G

BIG EAST Most Improved Player

Alexis Akin-Otiko, Creighton, Sr., F

BIG EAST Sportsmanship Award

Marissa Janning, Creighton, Jr., G

BIG EAST Sixth-Woman Award

Taylor Holeman, Villanova, Sr., F

BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Sr., G

All-BIG EAST First Team

Caroline Coyer, Villanova, Jr., G

Aliyyah Handford, St. John's, Jr., G*

Brittany Hrynko, DePaul, Sr., G*

Marissa Janning, Creighton, Jr., G*

Daisha Simmons, Seton Hall, Grad., G*

Ka-Deidre Simmons, Seton Hall, Grad., G*

Ijeoma Uchendu, Butler, Sr., F

*unanimous selection

All-BIG EAST Second Team

Alexis Akin-Otiko, Creighton, Sr., F

Danaejah Grant, St. John's, Jr., G

Chanise Jenkins, DePaul, Jr., G

Emily Leer, Villanova, Sr., F/C

Arlesia Morse, Marquette, Sr., G

Megan Podkowa, DePaul, Jr., F

Tabatha Richardson-Smith, Seton Hall, Jr., G

All-BIG EAST Honorable Mention^

Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Fr., G

Loryn Goodwin, Butler, So., G

Jessica January, DePaul, So., G

Amber Thompson, St. John's, Sr., F

^due to a tie in voting, an extra player was added

BIG EAST All-Freshman Team

Dorothy Adomako, Georgetown, Fr., G*

Kenisha Bell, Marquette, Fr., G*

Sydney Buck, Butler, Fr., G*

Tia Elbert, Marquette, Fr., G

Mart'e Grays, DePaul, Fr., F

Sydney Lamberty, Creighton*

Alex Louin, Villanova, Fr., G

*unanimous selection


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