Boyd tabbed MWC Player of the Year
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Women's Basketball - Tue, Feb. 28, 2017

MOUNT VERNON – Cornell's Diamond Boyd (SR/Elk Grove Village, Ill.) has been selected Midwest Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Year, headlining three Rams earning postseason accolades Tuesday.

Boyd, a senior forward, is joined by senior teammate Sierra Bisso (SR/Wheaton, Ill.) on the 2017 All-MWC First Team. The top unit includes St. Norbert duo Brianna Byrne and Regan Carmichael, Grinnell's Kayla Morrissey and Ripon's Maggie Oimoen.

Cornell freshman guard Anne Visser (FR/Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is the MWC Newcomer of the Year, becoming the first Ram to receive the award.

This is the fifth consecutive year Coach Brent Brase's Rams have fielded a pair of first team all-conference performers. Boyd, a repeat first team selection, joins Camille Marie (2012-13) as the only MWC Players of the Year in program history.   

Boyd is Cornell's first-ever student-athlete to be named Conference Player of the Year in two team sports in the same academic year. She garnered the league's top volleyball award in the fall.

The 5-foot-10 Boyd made her presence felt on both ends of the basketball court with an MWC-best 11 double-doubles, the most by a Cornell player since 2004-05 (Melanie Manz, 12). She led the MWC in rebounding (9.0 rpg) and steals (3.1 spg), while ranking third in scoring with a team-high 14.6 points per game.

Boyd led the Rams in field goal percentage (48.2), free throws made (73) and steals (78). She came within five steals of her own single-season school record set in 2015-16. Boyd also totaled 44 assists and 20 blocked shots while starting all 25 games.

Boyd topped the 20-point mark six times, including a career-best 32 at home against Knox. She recorded 12 double-digit rebounding games, highlighted by 18 boards at Grinnell.

In only three seasons, Boyd stands in Cornell's career top-10 in eight statistical categories. Her 191 steals are third-most all-time. Boyd's 892 points rank 10th.

Bisso had a terrific final campaign with the Rams, breaking the program record for made 3-pointers in a season with 72. She shot a league-best 37.7 percent from long range and tied for the third-most season makes in MWC history. Bisso matched Cornell's single-game record with seven triples en route to a career-best 31-point outing against NCAA qualifier St. Norbert on Dec. 10.

Bisso finished fifth in the MWC in scoring (13.7 ppg) and was second behind Boyd in steals (3.0 spg). The 5-4 sharpshooter connected at a sizzling 86.8-percent clip (33-of-38) from the foul line. Bisso distributed 64 assists, second on the team.

Bisso netted 20 double-figure scoring games. She recorded a 3-point goal in 24 of 25 starts.

Bisso finished her career third on Cornell's all-time chart for made 3-pointers (126), fourth in free throw percentage (80.3), fourth in 3-point percentage (35.8), fifth in steals (158) and 12th in assists (181).  

Visser was a key cog to the Rams' success, starting the last 10 games of the season. She averaged 8.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists and finished second on the team with 42 3-point goals.

Visser tossed in a season-high 19 points in the MWC opener against Lake Forest. She wound up scoring in double figures 11 times during her rookie campaign. Visser shot 35.3 percent from beyond the arc, sinking at least one 3-point goal in all but one game she played.

The Rams raced through MWC play with a 17-1 record, claiming their third regular-season championship in five years. The team finished 20-5 overall, tying for the second-most season wins in school history. Three of the losses came against NCAA qualifiers in St. Norbert (2x) and Wartburg.

Cornell advanced to the MWC title game for the third consecutive year, falling 59-54 to St. Norbert in the final.