Byrd Named WAC Player of the Week

Denver, Colo. – Freshman forward Riana Byrd has been named Western Athletic Conference Women’s Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 26-Dec. 2. This is her first WAC Player of the Week honor.

The Richmond, Calif. native posted her second double-double of the season with 17 points and 19 rebounds in a win over Cal State Northridge, a team that had only lost at Arizona and to No. 6 Penn State. Her 19 boards equaled The Event Center rebounding record, which was set in the 2002-03 season, and was two shy of the program’s all-time record. At halftime, with the Spartans down by five points, Byrd had yet to score a point and had six rebounds. She scored 17 points and pulled down 13 rebounds in the final 20 minutes of the game to bring San Jose State back to .500 on the season. Her points, rebounds, free throws (9) and free throw attempts (11) were all career highs.

Byrd is the second Spartan to be named WAC Player of the Week this season.  Ta'Rea Cunnigan earned the honor for her play for the week of Nov. 12-18.

Other nominees included: Denver’s Morgan Van Riper-Rose averaged 15 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists as the Pioneers went 2-0 on the week ... Alyssa Charlston of Idaho averaged 17 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists on the week ... Louisiana Tech’s Jasmine Bryant finished with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists as the Lady Techsters defeated Ole Miss ... Stefanie Gilbreath of New Mexico State averaged 18.5 points and 5.0 rebounds as the Aggies went 2-0 on the week ... Seattle U’s Kacie Sowell finished with 21 points, 14 rebounds and four steals in an overtime loss to UC Irvine ... Jenna Johnson of Utah State averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 4.5 steals on the week.