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Big Sky Honors EWU's Nelson, Hodgins

Ogden, Utah – Lexie Nelson and Hayley Hodgins represented the Eastern Washington women's basketball team on the All-Big Sky Conference Team for the 2013-14 season, the league office announced Monday, Mar. 10.

Nelson was a first team pick for the second consecutive season while Hodgins was tabbed an honorable mention selection.

"I'm very excited for Lexie and Hayley," head coach Wendy Schuller said. "Those are two players that put in a lot of time and are really committed to this team and this program and to becoming better players every single day. I'm excited for them that they were rewarded for their hard work."

A redshirt junior from Butte, Mont., Nelson leads Eastern and ranks fifth in the Big Sky in scoring with an average of 16.1 points per game. She scored in double figures in all but four of EWU's 29 games, going for at least 20 points seven times. Her 467 points currently rank sixth all-time in EWU single-season history.

One of the most prolific three-pointer shooters in the nation, Nelson leads the league and ranks seventh nationally in three-point percentage, connecting on 44.7-percent of her shots from long range. Her 74 made triples rank second all-time in EWU single-season history, and she needs just three more to set a new school record.

Nelson also paces the Eagles in free throw percentage, shooting 86.1 percent from the line.

Last season's Big Sky Freshman of the Year, Hodgins ranks second on the team and 10th in the conference in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game. She has reached double-figures in 24 of the Eagles' 29 games, pouring in at least 20 points three times.

Along with Nelson, Hodgins has made Eastern a nightmare to defend for opponents, shooting 40.1 percent from three-point range, a mark that ranks second on the team and third in the conference. Her 64 made three-pointers currently rank fourth all-time in EWU single-season history.

The Pasco native also ranks third on the team in rebounding with an average of 4.3 boards per game while racking up 50 steals and shooting 83.1 percent from the free throw line.

Eastern opens play in the Big Sky Tournament against fifth-seeded Idaho State on Thursday, Mar. 13, at 5:30 p.m. CST. This year's tournament will be hosted by North Dakota in Grand Forks, N.D.

2013-14 All-Big Sky Conference Team

First Team
Player School Year Position Hometown
Madi Buck # (MVP) North Dakota Sr. Forward Bismarck, N.D.
Lexie Nelson * Eastern Washington RS-Jr. Guard Butte, Mont.
Lindsey Reed Idaho State Sr. Guard Kingman, Ariz.
Kellie Cole Montana Jr. Guard Bozeman, Mont.
Amanda Frost Northern Arizona Jr. Guard Riverside, Calif.
Hailey Mandelko Southern Utah Jr. Guard Lexington, Neb.
Second Team
Player School Year Position Hometown
Jordan Sullivan Montana Sr. Forward Sidney, Mont.
Ashley Brumwell Montana State Sr. Forward Hamilton, Mont.
Mia Loyd North Dakota So. Forward Minneapolis, Minn.
Stephanie Lee Northern Colorado Jr. Center Casper, Wyo.
Lori Parkinson Southern Utah So. Forward West Valley, Utah
Honorable Mention
Player School      
Hayley Hodgins Eastern Washington      
Jessica Tingey Idaho State      
Torry Hill Montana      
Jasmine Hommes Montana State      
Erikka Banks Northern Arizona      
Emily Easom Portland State      
Fantasia Hilliard Sacramento State      
Amanda Hughes Weber State      
Most Valuable Player
Madi Buck North Dakota Sr.    
Defensive Player of the Year
Carly Selvig Montana Sr.    
Top Newcomer
Kelsey Knox North Dakota So.    
Outstanding Freshman    
Brittani Lusain Northern Arizona Fr.    
Sixth Player of the Year
Emily Evers North Dakota Jr.    
Andrea Jones Southern Utah Sr.