ST. LOUIS - Missouri State's Casey Garrison repeats as a first-team all-conference selection, becoming just the sixth player in league history to earn her fourth straight first team honor. Garrison headlines a list of six players named to the all-conference first team unit, the league office announced Wednesday.
Joining Garrison on the first team are two seniors in Illinois State's Katie Broadway and Drake's Rachael Hackbarth, two juniors in Wichita State's Jessica Diamond and Illinois State's Jamie Russell, and one sophomore, Carli Tritz of Creighton. Broadway is a two-time all-MVC selection after earning second team accolades as a junior, while Tritz was an honorable mention selection a season ago, as well as the league's Freshman of the Year in 2010-11.
Missouri State's Christiana Shorter highlights the second team, earning all-conference honors for the third consecutive season. She is joined by repeat selections Haleigh Lankster of Wichita State and Shannon Thomas of Indiana State, and first-time selections Leah Kassing of Bradley and K.K. Armstrong of UNI.
Players from five different schools land spots on the MVC All-Defensive Team, including repeat selection Haleigh Lankster of Wichita State, Drake's Rachael Hackbarth, UNI's Rachel Madrigal, Jamie Russell of Illinois State and Christiana Shorter of Missouri State.
Four schools are also represented on the MVC All-Freshman Team. Southern Illinois teammates Cartaesha Macklin and Alexus Patterson, Bradley's Shronda Butts, Kyndal Clark of Drake and Wichita State's Alex Harden were tabbed to the five person rookie team.
Missouri Valley Conference specialty awards for player, newcomer, freshman and defensive player of the year will be announced, in addition to the league’s coach of the year, at an awards ceremony in between Games 1 and 2 of the State Farm MVC Tournament on Thursday, March 8, at The Family Arena in St. Charles, Mo.