Kuklok, Spooner-Knight land on WAC's All-Newcomer Team

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Katie Kuklok was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team
Katie Kuklok was named to the WAC All-Newcomer Team

March 10, 2014

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DENVER -- Redshirt sophomore Katie Kuklok and Rhaiah Spooner-Knight have been selected as members of the Western Athletic Conference's All-Newcomer Team for the 2013-14 basketball season. The duo combined to average 25.7 points per game during the conference season for Utah Valley University, earning them a spot among the all-conference teams and award winners as announced Monday by the WAC office.

A transfer from San Diego, Kuklok made her first appearance in a Wolverine uniform this season as a redshirt sophomore. The Poway, Calif., native made an immediate impact, scoring more than 20 points in seven of her first ten contests. She led UVU in scoring throughout the season and will take a team-best 16.3 ppg average -- ranking fifth in the confernece -- into this week's WAC Tournament.

Kuklok also finishes the regular season atop the WAC rankings in 3-point field goal percentage (43.5), 3-pointers made per game (2.92), and free throw percentage (94.2). Her stellar mark from the foul line is the fourth-best in the nation.

Meanwhile, Spooner-Knight, a native of Hamilton, New Zealand, is putting the finishing touches on a strong freshman campaign in which she averaged 11.4 ppg and a team-leading 5.8 rebounds per contest. During conference-only play, Spooner-Knight led the Wolverines in scoring at 13.2 ppg and also hauled in 6.6 boards per outing. She manufactured a streak of 13 straight games in double figure scoring earlier this season, kicked off by a 21-point performance against Idaho State back on Dec. 20.

In terms of scoring, Spooner-Knight ranked second in the WAC amongst freshmen, finishing behind only Texas-Pan American's Shawnte' Goff whose 15.0 ppg average helped her earn the conference's Freshman of the Year award.

Goff joined Kuklok and Spooner-Knight on the All-Newcomer Team, as did Johnna Brown of Grand Canyon and Melissa Sweat of Bakersfield. Sweat also appeared on the Second-Team All-WAC list.



Regular season champion Idaho claimed the other two individual postseason awards as junior guard Stacey Barr was named WAC Player of the Year and Vandal head coach Jon Newlee came away with Coach of the Year accolades. Barr averaged 17.9 ppg and 8.1 rpg in helping Idaho to a 15-1 WAC record.

Barr also headlines a first team All-WAC team that also consists of Bakersfield's Tyonna Outland, Grand Canyon's Kaitlyn Petersen, Danesia Williamson of New Mexico State, and Seattle U's Kacie Sowell -- last season's Player of the Year.

Utah Valley opens up the 2014 WAC Tournament on Wednesday, March 13 against second-seeded Bakersfield at 8:30 p.m. PT/9:30 p.m. MT.

2013-14 WAC Women's Basketball Postseason Award Winners

First Team All-Conference
Stacey Barr, Jr., G, Idaho
Tyonna Outland, Jr., F, Bakersfield
Kaitlyn Petersen, Jr., G, Grand Canyon
Kacie Sowell, Sr., F, Seattle U
Danesia Williamson, Jr., G, New Mexico State

Second Team All-Conference
Alyssa Charlston, Sr., F, Idaho
Kim Nezianya, Sr., F, Kansas City
Eilise O'Connor, Sr., G, Kansas City
Sylvia Shephard, Jr., G, Seattle U
Melissa Sweat, Sr., G, Bakersfield

Player of the Year: Stacey Barr, Idaho

Freshman of the Year: Shawnte' Goff, Texas-Pan American

Coach of the Year: Jon Newlee, Idaho

All-Defensive Team
Brittany Bush, Jr., F, Texas-Pan American
Deanna Daniels, Sr., F, Grand Canyon
Ali Forde, So., F, Idaho
Tyonna Outland, Jr., F, Bakersfield
Sylvia Shphard, Jr., G, Seattle U

All-Newcomer Team
Johnna Brown, Sr., F, Grand Canyon
Shawnte' Goff, Fr., G, Texas-Pan American
Katie Kuklok, So., G, Utah Valley
Rhaiah Spooner-Knight, Fr., G, Utah Valley
Melissa Sweat, Sr., G, Bakersfield