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Chelsea Lyons the only Wildcat named to All-GLIAC men’s, women’s hoops teams

March 5, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Senior guard Chelsea Lyons of Northern Michigan University showed she could do more than just score this season.

Friday, her effort was recognized.

Lyons was named to the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference First Team and All-Defensive Team by a vote of the league's coaches.

The Coon Rapids, Minn., native led the Wildcats in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals this season.

Lyons ranked second in the GLIAC in scoring with an average of 16.9 points per game and averaged 6.0 rebounds per outing.

She also led the team with an average of 2.9 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

Lyons posted seven 20-point games and two 30-point games this season, including a career-high 34 points in a 71-62 win over Northwood on Feb. 23.

She led NMU in scoring in 18 games this season and concluded her career with 790 points and 302 rebounds.

Junior guard Sam Hoyt and senior forward Lindsey Lindstrom of Michigan Tech University also made the First Team.

They joined Lyons on the All-Defensive Team.

Earning a Second Team berth was Maria Blazejewski of Lake Superior State.

Junior guard-forward Kari Daugherty of Ashland (Ohio) University gained the GLIAC Player of the Year award.

Ashland head coach Sue Ramsey picked up the Coach of the Year nod with her squad at 26-1 heading into the weekend.

Named the Freshman of the Year was forward-center Christina Branch of Ferris State.

On the men's side, MTU junior forward Ali Haidar picked up GLIAC Player of the Year honors as well as a First Team berth. He's averaging 19 points and nine rebounds per game.

LSSU sophomore guard Derek Billing and senior guard Kyle Hunt made the Second Team.

Alex Culy, a sophomore guard from Tech, earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team.

Jeff Rekeweg of Northwood University picked up the Coach of the Year nod after his team went 18-10, while Iman Johnson of Tiffin University was named the Freshman of the Year.



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