RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Abby Oliver is one of the top players ever to suit up for the Spiders, and Wednesday she was honored as such by the Atlantic 10.
Four Spiders in all garnered All Conference recognition as announced by the league office Wednesday morning. Abby Oliver spearheads the Spider award list with an All Conference first team bid. Genvieve Okoro was selected as a third team selection, and Liz Brown was an All-Rookie team honoree. Two-sport athlete Becca Wann was named the Most Improved Player of the Year.
Oliver, the league-leader in points per game, averages 17.1 ppg for the Spiders. The Roanoke, Va. native is Richmond's seventh all-time scorer at 1,458 points. Oliver leads the country in free throw percentage (98-104, 94%) and has led Richmond scoring in 20 games this season. Oliver has amassed 26 double-figure games in 2011-12, 10 of those being 20 point or better outings.
Oliver scored a career-high 28 points at Dayton and has played 126 games as Spider, ranking second all-time. Oliver ranks fourth in three point field goals (150), eighth in free throws (288) and ninth in field goals made (509). Oliver was a Player of the Week award winner last season and was named the A-10 Sixth Player of the Year in 2010.
Genevieve Okoro earned third team honors after leading Richmond rebounding this season at 7.4 rpg. Okoro leads Richmond with eight double-doubles this year. The Gibbsboro, NJ native scored a career-high 27 points in a win over JMU. Okoro has scored in double-figures 15 times this season.
Liz Brown garnered All Rookie honors after averaging 6.2 ppg and 4.5 rpg. Brown had a career-outing against Rhode Island, posting a double-double of 10 points and a career-high 15 rebounds. Brown's 15 rebounds was a Richmond season-high and the most by a Spider since Okoro corralled 16 last February.
Becca Wann, arguably one of the best two-sport athletes in the country, was named the Most Improved Player of the Year. Wann, the 2011 A-10 Offensive Player of the Year in women's soccer, recorded a remarkable season on the hardwood. Wann scored in double-figures 13 times this season and posted four double-doubles, second on the team next to Okoro. Wann averaged 8.7 ppg and 24.0 mpg. Wann scored a career-high 18 points twice this season and was awarded the Lehigh Christmas Classic Tournament MVP. Wann most recently grabbed a career-high 12 rebounds against Duquesne Feb. 22. Wann was named a NCAA All American First team selection in women's soccer, only the fourth-ever Spider to receive the award.
The fourth-seeded Spiders play the winner of the No. 5 Saint Joseph's/No. 12 Fordham game Saturday, Mar. 3 at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Buick Atlantic 10 Tournament in Philadelphia, PA.