Martinez, Thompson Highlight Four WashU All-UAA Honorees

Martinez, Thompson Highlight Four WashU All-UAA Honorees

St. Louis, Mo., March 2, 2016 – Washington University in St. Louis senior forward Amanda Martinez and senior point guard Jordan Thompson were each named to the 2016 All-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team to highlight four Bears on the women's basketball all-conference teams announced Wednesday by the UAA office.

In addition to Martinez and Thompson on the first team, sophomore guard Natalie Orr was selected to the second team, and senior guard Katybeth Biewen received honorable mention accolades.

WashU head coach Nancy Fahey, along with her assistant coaches John Patterson, Andrew Althage, Annitre Edison, Ben Levine and Dianna Pasley were selected as the UAA Coaching Staff of the Year for the third year in a row. It is the 20th time in the 29-year history of the UAA that Fahey and her staff have earned the honor.

Martinez earned all-UAA first-team honors for the first time in her career after finishing the regular season as WashU's leading scorer with 11.5 points per game while starting all 25 games. She compiled a team-high 77 steals, the fourth-highest single-season total in school history, and finished second on the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. Martinez finished second in the UAA in steals per game (3.1) and seventh in field-goal percentage (.459). She scored in double figures in 17 games, including a career-high 25 points against Simpson College Dec. 5. The 2015 McWilliams Classic Most Valuable Player, Martinez was named the UAA Athlete of the Week Feb. 1.

Thompson picked up all-UAA first-team honors for the first time after being an all-UAA honorable mention selection each of the last two years. She averaged 9.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game, while leading the Bears with 89 assists. Thompson, who started 23 of 25 games played a point guard, was tied with Biewen for first in the UAA with a 2.2 assist-turnover ratio, and was fifth in assists per game (3.6). She scored in double figures in 12 games during the regular season, nine of which came during UAA play, including a season-high 23 points in a win at then-No. 22 New York University Feb. 21. Thompson enters the postseason ranked third in WashU's all-time leaderboard with 418 career assists, and is ninth with 113 career three-pointers made.

Orr was named to the all-UAA second team despite missing the final three games of the regular season. She was second on the team in scoring (10.0 ppg), and led the Bears with 12.4 points per game in her 11 UAA games played. Orr ranked second in the UAA in three-point percentage (43.9) and three-pointers made per game (2.1), finishing with a team-high 47 triples in the regular season. She scored in double figures in eight of 22 games played, including scoring 20 or more points four times during UAA play. Orr scored a career-high 24 points against Brandeis University Jan. 22, and made a career-high six three-pointers (6-of-9) at Carnegie Mellon University Jan. 17.

Biewen received all-UAA honorable mention honors for the second year in a row after averaging 4.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game while starting all 25 games for the Bears. She was tied with Thompson as the conference leader with a 2.2 assist-turnover ratio, and finished third in steals (2.5) and sixth in assists (3.3). Biewen scored in double figures twice during the regular season, scoring 11 points against University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Nov. 20 and against against NYU Jan. 24. She had 62 steals during the regular season, three shy of entering WashU's single-season top-10 list. Biewen also enters the postseason ranked seventh on the Bears' all-time career steals leaderboard with 179.

WashU finished regular season with a 20-5 overall record and an 11-3 mark in the conference. The Bears won the UAA for the third year in a row and 22nd time in program history. WashU hosts the NCAA First and Second Rounds Friday-Saturday, March 4-5, at the WU Field House. The Bears take on Greenville College in the First Round at 7:30 p.m. Friday.