Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Richmond's Abby Oliver earns All-Atlantic 10 honors

Richmond's Abby Oliver, the team's lone senior who has contributed leadership as well as production for the youthful Spiders, was named first-team All-Atlantic 10 Wednesday. Sophomore Genevieve Okoro was a third-team pick, and freshman Liz Brown made the all-rookie team.

Spiders sophomore Becca Wann, a first-team All-American in soccer last fall, was selected as the league's most improved player.

Oliver led the Atlantic 10 in scoring at 17.1 ppg and 3-point field goal percentage and is first in all of Division I in free throw percentage (94.6). It is the second time in her career Oliver has received one of the conference end-of-year awards; two years ago she was the league' sixth player of the year.

Okoro was Richmond's top rebounder (7.4 rpg) and also chipped in 10.7 points per game. Brown started 24 of the Spiders' 29 games during her debut season and contributed 6.2 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 26 blocks. And Wann's 8.7 ppg was more than double her scoring average during a freshman season in which she averaged just 13 minutes per game. This season, Wann averaged 24 minutes per contest and earned a starting spot midway through the season.

Oliver was joined on the first team by Dayton's Justine Raterman, St. Bonaventure's Jessica Jenkins and Megan Van Tatenhove and Temple's Shay Peddy. Peddy was named the A-10's Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

Click here for a complete list of the All-A-10 teams.

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