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Gwinnett grads: Kubik named Mountain West's top player

After leading her Brigham Young women's basketball team to its second straight regular-season conference title, Collins Hill grad Dani Kubik Wright got a fitting reward on Monday.

The 6-foot-3 senior was named the Mountain West Conference Co-Player of the Year and was the only Cougar to make the All-Conference first team. BYU took a 21-8 record into this weekend's Mountain West Tournament.

"It's cool to have (the honor)," Wright said. "At the same time, I know it's a team award. They're the ones who pass me the ball and help me out when I get down. I know it's a team award."

Still, she had a pretty good year individually.

Wright led BYU in scoring (14.1) and rebounding (7.0), in addition to leading the conference in field-goal percentage (61.1). She stepped up even more in conference games, averaging 15.1 points and 7.4 rebounds.

BYU should make the NCAA Tournament field without winning the conference tourney, but a few more wins would help with seeding.

"People tell us (we're in the NCAA tourney), but I'd rather just win (the conference tourney), just in case," Wright said. "We've had such a great season and obviously we don't want it to end now. We want to end the season with a bang."

BASKETBALL

Green among leaders again

North Gwinnett grad Jake Green, Piedmont College's point guard, finished nationally ranked in assists for the third straight season. He also led the Great South Athletic Conference in that category the past three seasons.

Green, a junior, was 10th in Division III with 6.3 assists per game. He also averaged 9.3 points this season and led Piedmont in minutes per game (31.5) and steals (44).

SOFTBALL

Barnes powering Tech's strong start

Georgia Tech's fastpitch softball team has a 22-3 record, and Brookwood grad Brittany Barnes is a major part of the success.

The junior leads the Yellow Jackets and the ACC with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. She also has an .841 slugging percentage and a .319 batting average.

Wood hitting well

for Bulldogs

Parkview grad Melissa Wood led the Georgia softball team in last weekend's Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu. She hit .368 (7-for-19) as the Bulldogs went 4-2.

Wood, a transfer from Florida State, is fifth on the team this season with a .306 batting average. She has two home runs and 10 RBIs.

BASEBALL

Brisson gets conference nod

Parkview grad Craig Brisson was named the Peach Belt Conference Player of the Week on Monday after hitting .368 the previous week for the North Georgia baseball team.

The leadoff batter had seven hits in 19 at-bats, scored six runs and reached base 10 times in five games to earn the honor. He was 5-for-12 in a three-game sweep of 24th-ranked South Carolina-Upstate.

Plagman steps right in

for Yellow Jackets

Georgia Tech's baseball team is getting an immediate contribution from true freshman Tony Plagman, a Wesleyan grad.

The left-handed batter is third on the Yellow Jackets with a .355 batting average and has scored 14 runs. He also ranks second on the team with 12 walks.

Gwinnett Grads is a column that runs on Saturdays spotlighting the achievements of past Gwinnett standouts. Coaches and parents are urged to send suggestions via e-mail to will.hammock@gwinnettdailypost.com or via fax to 770-339-8081.