Viall is two-time league player of year

Updated: March 5, 2004, 12:31 PM ET
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Two days after becoming Wisconsin-Milwaukee's all-time leading scorer, senior Maria Viall has been named the Horizon League Player of the Year.

Viall, a 6-foot-3 center, is just the second player in league history to win the honor twice in her career (joining Notre Dame's Karen Robinson (1989-91). League coaches, sports information directors and select media members voted for the award.

Viall, who also was the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2001-02, earned First-Team All-League honors for the third consecutive season. With the selection, the Waukesha-native joins Butler's Julie VonDielingen (1989-93) and UW-Green Bay's Chari Nordgaard (1996-99) as the only players in school history to earn first-team honors three or more seasons.

Viall, who was also named to the 2003-04 Horizon League All-Defensive Team, leads the league in scoring (18.3 points) and rebounding (10.4), while also pacing all league players with a 52.5 field-goal percentage. She ranks fourth in blocked shots with 1.15 per game and eighth in free-throw percentage (73.4).

With a pair of free throws with six seconds remaining in Saturday's win at Youngstown State, Viall became UWM's all-time leading scorer, eclipsing a 21-year old mark set by Jaci Clark from 1979-83. Viall now ranks first all-time in school history in five different statistical categories: scoring (1,831 points), blocked shots (161 blocks), field-goal percentage (.544), field-goals made (726), and free-throws made (376), while placing third in rebounding (936 rebounds).

Viall was joined on the All Horizon League First-Team by UW-Green Bay junior Abby Scharlow, Butler senior Nancy Bowden and a pair of Cleveland State senior standouts, Ashley Schrock, and Shannon Sword.

The all-league second-team consisted of UWGB's Nicole Soulis, Chrissy Dizon of Illinois-Chicago, Detroit's Nicole Anaejionu and Loyola's Ciara Henderson and Meskhenet Lands. Viall was one of six All-Defensive team members, joining Bowden, Anaejionu, UWGB's Mary Kulenkamp, Butler's Angel Mason and Brittney Whiteside of Wright State.

UW-Green Bay head coach Kevin Borseth was named The Horizon League Coach of the Year after leadingn his team to a 13-3 league mark and outright regular season title. UWGB added another specialty award as freshman Nicole Soulis was named the Horizon League Newcomer of the Year. Soulis was joined on the All-Newcomer team by WSU's Whiteside, Ellen Hamilton of Loyola, and Krystal Hugelier and LaShonda Grant of UIC.

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