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UH women's hoops forward Martin named All-Big West

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 03:33 p.m. HST, Mar 11, 2013

Hawaii junior forward Kamilah Martin was named to the All-Big West Women's Basketball first team, the league announced this morning.

Junior guard Sydney Haydel was tabbed the league's Best Defensive Player, while junior wing Shawna Kuehu was given the Best Sixth Player award for her play off the bench.

Ashleigh Karaitiana made the All-Freshman team.

First-year coach Laura Beeman, who guided the team to a 13-5 Big West record (tied for second) was thought to be a contender for Coach of the Year, but that honor went to Pacific's Lynne Roberts.

No other UH players were named to the BWC first or second teams. Kuehu and Karaitiana were honorable mentions.

"I'm excited for our girls," Beeman said. "If you talk to any of them they would say it's a team effort; that they were able to get these rewards because of what their teammates did for them. And that's the greatest thing about our team. It's never been about 'me, me, me,' it's about 'we.' Excited for them. We're going to acknowledge them, but it's also going to be about the team and why we came to Southern California (for the Big West tournament)."

Cal Poly center Molly Schemer was the BWC Player of the Year, making her the fourth straight Mustangs player to receive that award. UC Riverside's Brittany Crain was the Freshman of the Year.

Martin made the first team in the Western Athletic Conference as a sophomore last season. She's averaging 15.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game with 14 double-doubles heading into the Big West tournament play this week.

UH opens with a to-be-determined opponent on Wednesday at UC Irvine.

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Publicbraddah wrote:
Coach Beeman shold have been Coach of the Year. Great start to her career in Hawaii.
on March 11,2013 | 08:02AM
BTO wrote:
If she started just one of her talented local players more fans would show up. She has to know Hawaii fans love to see the locals contribute. She has to know how to balance this sensitive issue. Why do you think, you win but the attendance is still way down. Hawaii fans will come out if you treat the local players righteously.....
on March 11,2013 | 03:36PM
BTO wrote:
Congratulations Martin! Keep working on your left hand layup and finishing.
on March 11,2013 | 08:18AM
HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Congratulations to all the Wahine for a great season that is not over yet. Honors for Coach Beeman will come in time.
on March 11,2013 | 08:31AM
lowtone123 wrote:
I agree Coach Beeman should have been COY in the Big West.
on March 11,2013 | 08:39AM
eastside808 wrote:
Saw only one gme this year, but Kuehu is the best player on the team. Martin is pretty good but is not a consistent finisher. Exciting team to watch. This year's team has some good players and hope they go deep in the playoffs.
on March 11,2013 | 09:53AM
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