Provo • With the West Coast Conference tournament right around the corner, the BYU Cougars will go into Las Vegas boasting the WCC Defensive Player of the Year and two First Team honorees, as announced by the league on Tuesday.
Junior center Sara Hamson is the WCC Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career. This season, the junior lead the NCAA in blocks per game (4.75) and in total blocks (133). Hamson, a Naismith Defensive Player of the Year finalist, stepped up her defensive presence in conference play, averaging 5.3 blocks per game and made a total of 95 blocks in 18 games.
Hamson, who also brought down 5.8 defensive rebounds per game in conference play, became just the fourth student-athlete in conference history to win the Defensive Player of the Year honor twice in a career.
Brenna Chase Drollinger and Paisley Johnson were the other two Cougars to receive league honors — both named to the WCC First Team.
For Chase Drollinger, it is the fourth year she has received league recognition. The guard was named to the 2016-17 WCC’s All Freshman Team and it is the third-straight year Chase Drollinger was named to the First Team.
This season, Chase Drollinger is averaging 12.3 points while shooting 32.7% from the field, and was averaging 4.8 rebounds and 4.3 assists.
Johnson finally broke into the WCC First Team a year after being disappointed with being named to the WCC Second Team. The reigning WCC Tournament MVP is shooting 40.4% from the field and is averaging 15.2 points, 3.1 assists and 3.7 rebounds.