Former Sasquatch and NWAC Baden Player of the Year Bri King named 2019 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year
Former Spokane Sasquatch and current Montana Western Bulldog Bri King was awarded the 2019 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2019 WBCA NAIA Coaches' All-America team, announced today by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
King led the Sasquatch to the 2017 NWAC title while earning NWAC player of the year honors. Bri left Spokane as the career leading scorer in the history of CCS women’s basketball with 1175 career points.
ATLANTA (March 12, 2019) – Brianna King of the University of Montana Western is the 2019 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year and headlines the 2019 WBCA NAIA Coaches' All-America team, announced today by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.
King helped lead the Bulldogs to a 25-4 record this season. She averaged 22.2 points per game and was named the Frontier Conference Player of the Week six times. Last season she was a first team NAIA All-American and led the Bulldogs to their first NAIA Tournament semifinals appearance. She set a school record by scoring 40 points in an NAIA Tournament quarterfinals game and ended the season sixth in the nation in scoring. King was named Frontier Conference Player of the Year and Frontier Conference Newcomer of the Year after transferring to UMW following two seasons at Community Colleges of Spokane.
"It's fantastic to see Bri's abilities be recognized on a national stage," Head Coach Lindsay Woolley said. "She is a great teammate who respects the game and her opponent on a nightly basis. I want to thank the WBCA All-American committee for honoring Bri and her accomplishments. The impact she has made on our program will never be forgotten. I think this award cements her status as one of the best players to pass through our program at Montana Western and I feel fortunate to have coached her."
The WBCA presents the Player of the Year award annually to the top player in five of the six WBCA membership divisions (NCAA Divisions II, and III, NAIA, two-year college and high school). The Player of the Year and the 10-member Coaches' All-America team in each division are selected by a committee of WBCA member coaches in that division. The Wade Trophy is presented to the best player in NCAA Division I.
"The WBCA is pleased to name Brianna King as the 2019 WBCA NAIA Player of the Year,"" said Danielle Donehew, executive director of the WBCA. "Brianna has played an integral role in guiding her team to an extraordinary season and is very deserving of this distinguished honor. The WBCA applauds Brianna for her hard work, dedication and contributions to the game."
Honored to join @wbca1981 board member Chris Nelson @coachnelsonBU in presenting the Champion to 2019 NAIA Player of the Year Brianna King of Montana Western @umw_wbb at the 2019 NAIA DI Championship Tournament in Billings, MT. #NAIADIWBB pic.twitter.com/PtZce8yBB7— Jack Watford (@jackw62) March 13, 2019