West Liberty’s Brunner, Johnson And Wheeling’s Ritz Voted All-MEC


BRIDGEPORT,W.Va. – West Liberty University’s Morgan Brunner and Taylor Johnson have earned spots on the 2019-20 All-Mountain East Conference Women’s Basketball Team.

    Senior guards Morgan Brunner and Taylor Johnson were second-team All-MEC selections here Monday when the results of the league-wide voting by the women’s basketball coaches was announced by the conference office.

    It’s the second consecutive year receiving All-MEC honors for the Lady Hilltopper duo, who could each surpass the 1,000-point mark at West Liberty during this week’s MEC Tournament. Johnson was a first-team selection a year ago while Brunner was an honorable mention recipient.

    A 5-9 guard from Wheeling, W.Va. who transferred from NCAA Division I Youngstown State a year ago, Brunner leads the Hilltoppers in scoring at 17.3 ppg. and is leading the nation for the second consecutive season with 106 3-point field goals. She’s also ranked No. 1 nationally in Free Throw Percentage (75-78, .962) and has scored 942 points in her two years on the hilltop.

    The leading scorer in last year’s MEC Tournament, Brunner has hit double-figures in 22 games this season with 10 games of 20 points or more and four games with 30-plus points, highlighted by a career-high 34-point explosion in an early-season win against Winston-Salem, N.C.

    Johnson, a 5-9 guard from Pickerington, Ohio, has teamed with Brunner in the backcourt to give the Black and Gold a lethal 1-2 scoring punch over the past two seasons. She’s the second-leading scorer on the team at 17.0 ppg. and has led the Hilltoppers in scoring 11 times this season.

    A consistent producer on the offensive end, Johnson posted a team-high 25 games in double-figures during the regular season and went for 20 or more points on nine occasions. She tossed in a season-high 28 points in an early-season win against Clarion (Pa.) and is just 32 points shy of 1,000 points during her time in Black and Gold.

    Urbana forward Tyra James was voted MEC Player of the Year while Charleston’s Dakota Reeves was the MEC Freshman of the Year. Lauren Macer of Notre Dame was the MEC Coach of the Year.

    The Lady Hilltoppers earned the No. 8 seed in this week’s MEC Tournament and will take on No. 9-seeded West Virginia State Wednesday at 2:15 p.m. inside WesBanco Arena.


2019-20 All-Mountain East Conference Team

Player of the Year: Tyra James (Urbana)

Freshman of the Year: Dakota Reeves (Charleston)

Coach of the Year: Lauren Macer (Notre Dame)

First Team

Name                                School                            Cl.        Pos.        Ht.       Hometown

Seina Adachi                    Notre Dame                  Sr.             G        5-7       Attica, Ohio

Anna Hayton                   Charleston                     Sr.         F/C        6-2       Parkersburg, W.Va.

Tyra James                       Urbana                           Gr.        G/F        6-0       Cincinnati, Ohio

Jamiyah Johnson            Davis & Elkins                Jr.          F/C     5-11       Williamsburg, Va.

Sierra Kotchman             Fairmont State             Jr.              G        5-6       Washington, Pa.

Madison May                  Concord                         Sr.              F        6-0       Athens, W.Va.

Lilly Ritz                            Wheeling                       So.             F        6-1       Cambridge, Ohio

Re’Shawna Stone           Glenville State              So.            G        5-6       Waynesville, Mo.

Second Team

Name                                School                            Cl.        Pos.        Ht.       Hometown

MORGAN BRUNNER     WEST LIBERTY              SR.            G        5-9       WHEELING, W.VA.

Riley Fitzwater                Concord                         Jr.              F        6-4       Glenville, W.Va.

Sylvia Hudson                  Urbana                           Sr.              F     5-10       Sidney, Ohio

TAYLOR JOHNSON         WEST LIBERTY              SR.            G        5-9       PICKERINGTON, OHIO

Jada Marone                   Notre Dame                  So.            G        5-6       Berea, Ohio

Brooklyn Pannell            Charleston                     Jr.              G        5-9       Columbus, Ohio

Zakiyah Winfield             Glenville State              So.            G        5-7       Reading, Pa.

Rachel Laskody               Fairmont State             Sr.              F        6-0       Morgantown, W.Va.

Honorable Mention

Name                                School                            Cl.        Pos.        Ht.       Hometown

Ty Armstrong                  Glenville State              Sr.             G        5-4       El Dorado, Ark.

Charity Shears                 W.Va. State                   So.            G        5-9       Ashland, Ky.

Emily Stoller                    Glenville State              Sr.         G/F        6-1       Fairmont, W.Va.

Jessica Stout                    Notre Dame                  Sr.              F     5-11       Stow, Ohio

Player of the Year: Tyra James (Urbana)

Freshman of the Year: Dakota Reeves (Charleston)

Coach of the Year: Lauren Macer (Notre Dame)

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