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Welch, Merriweather Honored by Horizon League
Release: Wednesday 02/28/2017 
by WSU Athletic Media Relations

Wright State junior guard Chelsea Welch was named to the First Team and head coach Katrina Merriweather was selected as the Coach of the Year as the Horizon League announced its women's basketball postseason awards on Tuesday.

Welch (Kettering, OH/Fairmont) put together a strong first season for the Raiders after transferring from Pittsburgh.  Named the Horizon League Player of the Week on January 30 and February 20, Welch leads the league in scoring at 18.7 points per game and is fifth in steals per game (2.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.781), tied for eighth in assist/turnover ratio (1.5), ninth in assists per game (3.3), tied for 13th in blocks per game (0.6) and 15th in field goal percentage (.441).

In league play, Welch again led the way in scoring (19.9) and was tied for fourth in steals per game (2.1), fifth in free throw percentage (.767), 11th in blocks per game (0.7), tied for 13th in assists per game (3.1), 14th in field goal percentage (.453) and 20th in rebounds per game (5.3).

Welch has scored in double figures in all but one game so far this year and has scored 20 or more points on 10 occasions, including in seven of the last 10 games.  Her season-best 33 points against Detroit Mercy on January 27 are tied for the third-most by a league player in a game this season.

Welch is the fourth Raider to be named First Team All-Horizon League in the last seven seasons, joining Kim Demmings (2011-12, 2013-14, 2015-16), Ivory James (2013-14) and Tay'ler Mingo (2014-15).

Merriweather, in her first season at the helm, directed the Raiders to a share of the league title for the first time in program history.  After a 4-4 start, WSU won 18 of its next 19 games, including a 13-game winning streak during January and February that tied for the best in school history.  The 8-0 record in January was the first perfect month for Wright State since November 2004.

The Raiders received a vote in the Associated Press poll for the first time ever on February 20 and the 15 league wins are the most in school history, passing the 12 won in 2011-12, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Merriweather is the fourth WSU coach to earn Coach of the Year honors, joining Mike Bradbury (2014-15), Bridgett Williams (2007-08) and Terry Hall (1991-92).

Wright State (23-7, 15-3 Horizon) opens Horizon League Tournament play on Saturday, March 4, as the #2 seed Raiders face Friday's winner between #7 seed Northern Kentucky and #10 seed UIC in second round action starting at 2:00 at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.  The final is set for Noon Eastern on Tuesday, March 7, with the winner receiving an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The following is the 2016-17 women's basketball All-Horizon League teams:




FIRST TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Chelsea Welch
Wright State Jr. G
Mehryn Kraker Green Bay Sr. F
Rosanna Reynolds Detroit Mercy Sr. G
Ashanti Abshaw Cleveland State So. F
Hannah Little Oakland Sr. F


SECOND TEAM ALL-HORIZON LEAGUE

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Dani Franklin Valparaiso Jr. F
Khayla Livingston Cleveland State Jr. G
Jessica Lindstrom Green Bay Jr. G/F
Steph Kostowicz Milwaukee Jr. F
Brianne Cohen Detroit Mercy Jr. F


HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM

Name School Pos.
Mary Dunn Youngstown State F
Jade Ely Cleveland State G
Anja Marinkovic Detroit Mercy G
Lizzie Odegard Milwaukee F
Caitlyn Hibner Green Bay G


HORIZON LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Name School Yr.
Pos.
Hannah Little Oakland Sr. F
Jen Wellnitz Green Bay So. G
Jessica Lindstrom Green Bay Jr. G/F
Amber Lindfors Valparaiso So. C
Rebecca Lyttle Northern Kentucky Sr. F


Player of the Year: Mehryn Kraker, Sr., F, Green Bay

Freshman of the Year: Mary Dunn, F, Youngstown State

Defensive Player of the Year: Hannah Little, Sr., F, Oakland

Sixth Player of the Year: Taylor Jones, So., G, Oakland

Coach of the Year: Katrina Merriweather, Wright State

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