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She certainly lived up to the hype.

Chosen the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year, Bobbi Knudsen delivered during the season, being selected the GNAC Player of the Year for 2013-14.

The league-champion Yellowjackets had four all-conference selections and earned honors in four of the five major categories.

Janiel Olson was chosen by the league’s coaches as Defensive Player of the Year, while Chelsea Banis is the Newcomer of the Year in the GNAC.

MSUB’s Kevin Woodin was honored as the GNAC Coach of the Year.

Knudsen and Olson were chosen for the all-GNAC first team, while Banis and Kayleen Goggins were honorable mention selections. Knudsen was a unanimous first-team pick.

The Yellowjackets enter the league tournament the No. 1 seed with a 23-6 record. They were ranked among the top 25 this season and are ranked second in the NCAA Division II West Region.

Knudsen, a senior guard from Malta, is only the third player in league history, and first non-center, to earn first-team all-conference honors times.

She is averaging a team-high 17.0 points and 5.9 assists games, where she leads the GNAC and ranks fifth nationally. She is also averaging 5.2 rebounds and is shooting 84.6 percent from the free throw line.

Olson, a junior forward from Billings, is averaging a GNAC-best 10.4 rebounds a game, along with 8.5 points.

Banis, a senior from Fairfield, leads the GNAC in field goal percentage (54.1 percent) and is 12th for blocked shots. She came to MSUB after graduating from Montana State in Bozeman. She is averaging 10.1 points a game this season.

Goggins, a junior forward from Shepherd, is averaging 10.8 points a game this season.

It is the third collegiate coach of the year honor for Woodin, who was chosen Independent Schools coach of the year in 2005 and the Heartland Conference coach of the year in 2007. Woodin has guided MSUB to the postseason in seven of 10 seasons and has a career-record of 173-109 with the Yellowjackets. He is the second winningest coach in program history.

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