Nyseth Earns Team MVP Honors At Women's Basketball Awards

May 3, 2001

PULLMAN, Wash. - Washington State women's basketball player Katie Nyseth (Cheshire, Ore.) earned Most Valuable Player and Outstanding Defensive Player honors to highlight the team's awards ceremony Wednesday night.

Nyseth - an All-Pac-10 Honorable Mention and first team Pac-10 All-Academic selection - finished the season second in the conference in assists (5.25/game) and assist to turnover ratio (1.96) as well as sixth in steals (2.18). Along with leading the team in assists and steals, Nyseth led the squad in total points (271) and tied for first in points per game (9.7).

Nyseth was honored by a vote from teammates and coaches as were Jessica Collins (Reno, Nev.)-Most Inspirational, Lindsey Egeland (Missoula, Mont.)-Most Improved and Jessica Ottmar (Silverdale, Wash.)-Strength and Conditioning.

Collins' playing time was limited to four games due to a left foot stress fracture. She averaged 2.8 points and 10.5 minutes a contest and earned second team Pac-10 All-Academic honors.

Egeland saw action in 11 games averaging 2.1 points and 1.5 rebounds a contest. She began the season as a walk-on and eventually moved her way into the starting line-up Jan. 18 versus Oregon State. Egeland started four consecutive games before suffering a left ankle sprain during practice that forced her to miss the season's final 10 games.

Ottmar - an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Academic selection - appeared in all 28 games, starting 22. She averaged 5.0 points a game and reached double figures in points four times including a career-high 17 points effort versus Idaho, Dec. 2.

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