Lexie Nelson named second-team All-Big Sky

OGDEN, Utah — Lexie Nelson’s basketball career added some decoration today.

The 2010 Butte High graduate was named second-team All-Big Sky Conference, the league announced. The honors come after Nelson, a senior at Eastern Washington, took home first-team all-conference recognition the past two seasons.

The awards were decided by a vote of the league’s 12 head coaches.

Nelson, who transferred from the University of Montana after her freshman season, is Eastern Washington’s second-leading scorer this season with 14.1 points per game.

She started all 29 games for the Eagles, averaging 34.3 minutes per game. She also averaged 2.5 assists per game while shooting 85.1 percent from the free throw line. Nelson is Butte’s all-time leading high school scorer.

Montana senior Kellie Rubel and Northern Colorado senior D’shara Strange were named Co-Most Valuable Player. Rubel was named First-Team All-Conference by a unanimous vote. It was her second first-team selection of her career.

This marks Strange’s third time earning first-team honors. She returns to the All-Conference team after missing last season due to injury.

Also earning a spot on the first-team was Eastern Washington’s Hayley Hodgins, Sacramento State’s Fantasia Hilliard, North Dakota’s Mia Loyd and Northern Colorado’s Stephanie Lee.

Lee ranks second in the Big Sky in scoring with 17.2 points per game and is second on the Bears’ squad in rebounding with 4.4 per game.

Hodgins leads the Eagles with 16.7 points per game and averages just over four rebounds per game.

Hiliard has been a key motivator in the Sacramento State attack. The senior leads the conference with 5.5 assists per game and is third in the conference in steals with 2.9 per contest.

Loyd has been a double-double machine this season. The junior leads the Big Sky with 16 double-doubles. She is also second in the conference in rebounding with 9.2 boards per game.

Idaho State junior guard, Apiphany Woods, was named the league’s top newcomer. The transfer from State Fair Community College leads the Bengals in scoring with 14.9 points per game.

Eastern Washington freshman, Delaney Hodgins, was named the league’s top freshman. She is averaging 10.8 points per game and 4.9 rebounds per game for the Eagles.

Montana senior Carly Selvig picked up the league’s top defender honor. She leads the Big Sky in blocked shots with 2.7 per game while averaging 6.2 rebounds per game.

In a three-way tie, Sacramento State’s Gretchen Harrigan, Idaho State’s Megan Hochstein and Montana State’s Peyton Ferris, a former Twin Bridges star, each picked up top reserve honors.

The Big Sky Coach of the Year will be announced Thursday.

The 2015 Big Sky Conference tournament will begin Wednesday at the University of Montana. Tip-off is set for 11 a.m. Mountain between the No. 2 seed Sacramento State and the No. 7 seeded Bobcats of Montana State.



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