The West Coast Conference honors were announced Tuesday, and three BYU women’s basketball players were named. Freshman center Sara Hamson won WCC Defensive Player of the Year, and guards Cassie Devashrayee and Brenna Chase were named to the 10-member All-WCC First Team.
Hamson began playing full time with the basketball team in January, after splitting her time in the fall with the women’s volleyball team. She ranked No. 2 in the nation on blocked shots, averaging 4.3 per game. She also put together two nine-block performances. Hamson was also named to the All-Freshman team.
Hamson with 9 rebounds and 9 blocks
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She is the second-consecutive Cougar to win the award after Kalani Purcell also claimed the honor last season, and follows in the footsteps of her sister Jennifer Hamson who was the Defensive and Player of the Year in 2013-14 as the first student-athlete in conference history to earn both honors in the same season.
Devashrayee won WCC Player of the Year last year, and this year led BYU with 19 points per game. This is her second-consecutive All-WCC First Team selection. She scored a career-high 36 points on Dec. 9 against Utah.
Last night, Cassie Devashrayee became the 28th #BYUWBB player to join the 1K point club!!
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Coach Jeff Judkins called Devashrayee, “one of the best players to ever play here at BYU,” and has leaned on her playmaking heavily over the past two seasons.
This is Chase’s first All-WCC First Team selection, after being named to the freshman team last year. Chase started every game for BYU this year after starting zero last year, and increased her scoring from 3.8 to 13.4 points per game.
She led BYU in made 3-pointers, including two games with five triples. She also led the team in steals, and had five steals in two games this season.
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