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DePaul University’s Brittany Hrynko, a former Engineering and Science star, has been named the Big East Conference Player of the Year. — photo courtesy of depaul university athletics

Brittany Hrynko has played some terrific basketball throughout her career at DePaul University. Hrynko, a former Engineering and Science star, has done extremely well this season, which is why she has been named the Big East Conference Player of the Year.

“It’s a great honor,” Hrynko said. “I just want to give all the credit to my teammates and all the other coaches in the league for pushing their players to push me to my fullest potential each time we played them. I also want to thank my coaches just for pushing me at practice and making sure I’m always doing good.”

The ex-Public League star is the first DePaul player to be named the conference player of the year and the first Blue Demon women’s basketball player to earn the league’s big award since the 1995-96 season when DePaul was a member of the Conference USA.

She led the Big East Conference in scoring for all games (20.3) and against Big East opponents (21.9), She tallied a career-high 38 points at Georgetown and topped the 30-point mark four times this season. She used her quickness on the court to average 2.6 steals a game. Hrynko had three or more steals in 13 games and tied a career-high with eight steals against Providence.

Hrynko, a four-year starter, has her name firmly planted in the league’s record book. The 2014-15 Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year ranks 16h in scoring (1,080), second in three-pointers (165), eighth in assists (343) and 10th in steals (176). Hrynko is among the all-time leaders in field goals (956) ad three-point field goal attempts (470). The 5-foot-8 senior really improved in a lot of areas this season, which helped her garner this award.

“I think the biggest thing with me was making shots, being consistent each game and knocking down shots when I was open and making plays when they were,” Hrynko said.

Hrynko, whose name appears on the Naismith Trophy Midseason 30 list, the John R. Wooden Award late season top 20 list and the Dawn Staley Award Mid-Season Watch List, is second in the conference in assists (5.2) and three-point field goals (2.7). In addition, she ranks sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.8), ninth in field goal percentage (.457) and three-point field goal percentage (.362) and 14th in free throws (.661). Hrynko accomplished of these things while averaging just under 30 minutes a game.

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