After developing into one of the league's most imposing front court tandems, Northwest Missouri State sophomores Maggie Marnin and Annie Mathews each appeared on the MIAA's honorable mention list Tuesday.
They were Northwest's only two All-MIAA selections after a 14-12 regular season and a ninth place league finish—five spots ahead of where the Bearcats were projected.
Marnin, a 6-3 center, led the Bearcats in scoring during the regular season with 11.5 points per game–four points better than her average as a freshman. She also shot 59.3 percent from the field, tops in the MIAA, and led the Bearcats in blocked shots with 38.
Mathews, a 5-11 forward, averaged 9.8 points per game, more than doubling her average of 4.6 as a freshman. She was also Northwest's leading rebounder with 7.6 per game, recorded seven double-doubles during the regular season and shot close to 51 percent from the field.
Washburn senior guard Laura Kinderknecht and Northeastern State senior guard Taylor Lewis shared MIAA Player of the Year honors. Washburn's Ron McHenry was chosen as the league's coach of the year.
Freshman of the Year went to Southwest Baptist's Brooke Duncan and Defensive Player of the Year to Fort Hays State sophomore center Kate Lehman.
The All-MIAA First Team consists of Lewis, Kinderknecht, Lehman, Pitt State sophomore Lizzy Jeronimus and Central Missouri junior Keuna Flax.
Missouri Western senior Heather Howard was a second team selection.