Burns Named MVP

ANCHORAGE – Senior Kylie Burns was named Most Valuable Player on Saturday night as the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball team celebrated the 2013-14 season with its annual team banquet at the UAA Gorsuch Commons.

The 5-9 forward from Kansas City, Kan., was a Second Team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference selection, averaging 12.4 points and a team-best 6.9 rebounds per game for a Seawolf team that went 19-9 and reached the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Burns also ranked ninth in the GNAC with her .361 three-point percentage, while adding 1.5 steals per game to help UAA lead the nation in that category. The team’s only fourth-year player scored double figures 15 times in her final campaign, finishing No. 20 on UAA’s career scoring list with 829 points, along with other ranks of No. 4 in games won (89) and games played (120), and No. 8 in three-pointers made (112) and free-throw percentage (.760). Burns was also a GNAC All-Academic Team honoree for the third straight year with a 3.29 overall grade-point average in dietetics.

The Most Improved Player award went to junior transfer Christina Davis. The 5-5 guard from Las Vegas (Valley HS/Gillette [Wyo.] College) came off the bench in all 28 contests to post GNAC ranks of ninth in assists (2.9 apg), 11th in steals (2.9 spg) and seventh in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), despite playing just 17.2 minutes per game. Davis came on strong during UAA’s late playoff push, including a season-high 13-point effort in the Feb. 27 road win over Seattle Pacific.

Sophomore guard Alyssa Hutchins received the Most Inspirational Player award. The former Alaska 4A Player of the Year from Wasilla High School played in 25 games as a key reserve this season, averaging 3.0 points and shooting a team-best 42.5 percent from three-point range.