Pack's Criner Named WAC Defensive Player of the Year

By: Nevada Release Email
By: Nevada Release Email

Senior point guard Dellena Criner earned three WAC postseason honors as voted on by the league's coaches the WAC announced Sunday.

Criner was named WAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight season. In addition, she was named to the All-WAC First team for the third consecutive year and to the WAC All-Defensive Team for the third straight year.

This season Criner has started all 29 games for Nevada and is averaging a team-leading 14.4 points per game. She has recorded 23 double-digit scoring games and seven 20-point games this season and leads the team and league in assists with 126 (4.34 apg). Criner is second in the conference in steals with 66 (2.28 spg) and is fourth in the conference in scoring at 14.4 points per game.

Criner has attempted (143) and made (176) the most free throws of any player in the conference and is third in the WAC in free throw percentage, shooting 81.3 percent.

This season she scored a season-high 25 points to lead Nevada to an 85-82 upset victory at home over then #7/8 Louisville in the Nugget Classic and was named the Nugget Classic MVP. She was also named WAC Player of the Week on December 1 and to the Lady Griz Holiday Classic All-Tournament Team. Criner is one of two team captains for Nevada this season as voted on by her teammates and she was named one of 30 national candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Nevada, who earned the third seed in this year's WAC Tournament, will face the sixth-seeded Boise State Broncos at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.

2008-09 All-Western Athletic Conference Teams

First Team All-WAC

Dellena Criner Nevada G 5-7 Sr. Oakland, Calif.
Shanavia Dowdell Louisiana Tech F 6-1 Jr. Calera, Ala.
Adrienne Johnson Louisiana Tech F 6-1 So. Franklin, La.
Jaleesa Ross Fresno State G 5-8 So. Pinole, Calif.
Danyelle Snelgro Utah State G 5-5 Sr. Altadena, Calif.

Second Team All-WAC

Hayley Munro Fresno State G/F 6-1 So. Montmorency, Australia
Yinka Olorunnife Idaho F 6-1 So. Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Ana Pares Utah State G 5-8 Sr. Provo, Utah
Madison Spence New Mexico State G 5-11 So. Las Cruces, N.M.
Derisa Taleni Idaho G 5-9 Jr. Santa Clara, Calif.

All-Defensive Team

Dellena Criner Nevada G 5-7 Sr. Oakland, Calif.
Jenna Galassi Boise State F 5-10 Sr. Yorba Linda, Calif.
Adrienne Johnson Louisiana Tech F 6-1 So. Franklin, La.
Yinka Olorunnife Idaho F 6-1 So. Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Danyelle Snelgro Utah State G 5-5 Sr. Altadena, Calif.

All-Freshman Team

Shaena-Lyn Kuehu Idaho G 5-9 Honolulu, Hawai‘i
Heather Pilcher Boise State G 5-8 Lynwood, Calif.
Kaitlyn Soto New Mexico State G 5-8 Santa Ana, Calif.
Courtney VanBrocklin Boise State G 5-7 Deming, Wash.
Tabytha Wampler New Mexico State F 6-1 Cottonwood, Calif.

Player of the Year: Shanavia Dowdell, Louisiana Tech
Defensive Player of the Year: Dellena Criner, Nevada
Newcomer of the Year: Derisa Taleni, Idaho
Coach of the Year: Jon Newlee, Idaho


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