Byrd & Cunnigan Earn All-WAC Honors

San Jose, Calif. - Ta'Rea Cunnigan is a first team All-WAC selection and Riana Byrd is named to three All-WAC teams by a vote of the Western Athletic Conference's 10 head coaches.

Cunnigan, a sophomore out of Winchester, Calif., was the WAC's second and the nation's 18th leading scorer and led the Spartans to eight conference victories, the program's most since the 2005-06 season.  She also ranks in the top-10 in the conference in steals (2nd), free throw percentage (7th) and 3-point percentage (6th), 3-point field goals made (9th) and minutes played (3rd).  She attempted and converted more free throws than any player in the WAC.

The 5-9 guard from Chaparral High School, set the Spartans' single-season record for free throws made (178) and, entering this week's WAC Tournament, is 19 points from breaking the San Jose State single-season scoring record.  In addition, she is six free throw attempts from the program's single-season mark in that category.  Her 92 steals currently are seventh best for a Spartan in a season.

Byrd, a 6-1 forward from Richmond, Calif., is the most highly decorated freshman in San Jose State's 17 years in the WAC earning All-Freshman Team, All-Defensive Team and third team All-WAC honors.

The Inderkum High School product, set the Spartans' single season blocks record (63) and became just the fifth player in school history to pull down 300+ rebounds while setting the freshman rebounding record (310).

Byrd led the conference in rebounds and blocked shots and was the only player to average a double double for the season (12.4 pts., 11.2 rebs.).  She was also the league leader in offensive and defensive rebounding and in WAC games was the 10th leading percentage shooter.

She was twice named the conference's Player of the Week, one of three players to earn the honor twice this year, and is the only freshman to appear on the All-Defensive team or any of the first, second or third All-WAC teams.

San Jose State, the conference's sixth seed, plays Idaho, the third seed, on Wednesday, March 13 in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev.  Tipoff is scheduled for 12:00 p.m. and fans can follow the action through the live stats feature at www.sjsuspartans.com.  The game will also be broadcast on KSJS-FM (90.5 - San Jose) and audio streamed through the KSJS web site, or fans can watch streaming video through WAC.tv for $7.95.

2012-13 All-WAC Teams

First Team All-WAC

Alyssa Charlston, Idaho, P, 6-1, Jr., Sammamish, Wash. (Eastlake)

Devyn Christensen, Utah State, G, 5-6, Sr., Caldwell, Idaho (Vallivue)

Ta'Rea Cunnigan, San Jose State, G, 5-9, So., Winchester, Calif. (Chaparral)

Diamond Ford, Texas State, G, 5-9, Sr., Houston, Texas (Hightower)

Kacie Sowel,l Seattle U, P, 6-2, Jr., Ventura, Calif. (Buena)


Second Team All-WAC

Whitney Frazier, Louisiana Tech, F, 6-0, So., El Dorado, Ark. (El Dorado)

Stefanie Gilbreath, New Mexico State, G, 6-1, Sr., Katy, Texas (Cinco Ranch)

Jennifer Schlott, Utah State, G, 5-6, Jr., Mesa, Ariz. (Mountain View)

Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U, G, 5-10, Jr., Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)

Emiko Smith, Denver, G, 5-5, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif. (Windward School)


Third Team All-WAC

Stacey Barr, Idaho, G, 5-8, So., Melbourne, Australia (Maribyrnong)

Riana Byrd, San Jose State, F, 6-1, Fr., Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum)

Jenna Johnson, Utah State, G, 5-10, Sr., Wasilla, Alaska (Wasilla)

Kamra King, UTSA, G, 5-6, So. ,Norman, Okla. (Norman)

Brittany Lewis ,Louisiana Tech, F, 6-2, Sr., Orange Park, Fla. (Fleming Island)


All-Defensive Team

Daidra Brown, Seattle U, G, 5-6, Sr., Seattle, Wash. (John F. Kennedy Catholic)

Riana Byrd, San Jose State, F, 6-1, Fr., Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum)

Jenna Johnson, Utah State, G, 5-10, Sr., Wasilla, Alaska (Wasilla)

Maiya Michel, Denver, F, 5-11, Jr., Loma Linda, Calif. (Summit)

Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U, G, 5-10, Jr., Alta Loma, Calif. (Alta Loma)


All-Freshman Team

Riana Byrd, San Jose State, F, 6-1, Richmond, Calif. (Inderkum)

Kailey Edwards, Denver, G, 5-9, Broomfield, Colo. (Legacy)

Erin Peoples, Texas State, F, 6-0, Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview)

Lulu Perry, Louisiana Tech, G, 5-6, Benton, La. (Benton)

Christina Salvatore, Idaho, G, 5-11, Anaheim, Calif. (Canyon)


Player of the Year: Kacie Sowell, Seattle U

Defensive Player of the Year: Sylvia Shephard, Seattle U

Newcomer of the Year: Stefanie Gilbreath, New Mexico State

Coach of the Year: Joan Bonvicini, Seattle U