March 1, 2011
Northwest sweeps MIAA's top awards
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior guard Gabby Curtis was named player of the year, senior post Kyla Roehrig was named defensive player of the year and Gene Steinmeyer was named coach of the year to headline the 2010-11 all-conference women's basketball team released Tuesday by the league office.
Curtis and Roehrig are the first Bearcats in program history to earn Player of the Year honors and both are first-team All-MIAA selections. Junior point guard Abby Henry is a second-team choice and senior post Gentry Deitz earned third-team honors.
Curtis was a unanimous first-team choice by the league's 12 head coaches. She leads the MIAA in scoring at 18 points per game and has scored in double figures in all but one game this season. Curtis had 10 games of 20 or more points and three efforts above 30.
Curtis is the second-leading three-point shooter in the league at 40 percent and her 51 treys are the ninth-highest tally in the MIAA. Curtis also ranks seventh in field goal percentage (.448), eighth in steals (1.8 spg) and 10th in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.1).
Roehrig set a program-record this season with 70 blocks. Her 2.7 blocks per game were third-most in the league. Roehrig led the MIAA in field goal shooting at 55 percent on the year and was 10th in scoring with just under 14 points a game. She was second in the league in rebounding with 11.1 per game and had 17 games with 10-plus boards and 10 double-doubles on the year. Roehrig was also selected to the league's all-defensive team.
Henry was selected to the second team for the second consecutive season. Henry was second on the team and eighth in the MIAA averaging 15.5 points per game. Henry was second in the league in both steals (2.4 spg) and assists (5.2 apg) and was fifth in the league with an 80 percent free-throw percentage. Her 1.7 assist-to-turnover ratio was sixth-best in the conference. Henry had eight games this season where she scored 20 points or more and had three games where she tallied a career-high nine assists.
Dietz was a third-team selection after being a first-team honoree a season ago. Dietz, who had to sit out the first semester because of one semester of eligibility remaining, was 17th in the league in scoring (11.7 ppg), fourth in rebounding (7.9 rpg), second in field goal percentage (53 percent) and sixth in blocks (1.8 bpg). Dietz had four double-doubles this season and had three games where she scored 20 or more.
Steinmeyer earned his second coach of the year honor (2002-03) after leading Northwest to its first-ever outright MIAA regular season championship. He guided the Bearcats to a perfect 15-0 record at home and victories in 18 of their final 20 games to claim the title. Northwest's 22 wins this season are the third-most in program history and as of now, its .846 winning percentage is the best in school history.
The Bearcats are the top seed in this weekend's MIAA Tournament and will play Truman at noon on Friday at Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City.
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