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ST. LOUIS — Kylie Giebelhausen and Nicole Martin were named to the Missouri Valley Conference all-conference first team, the league announced Wednesday.

Makenzie Silvey and Abby Brockmeyer were chosen for the MVC all-freshman team, while Giebelhausen earned her first career all-defensive team honor in her senior campaign.

Giebelhausen is the fifth player in program history to repeat as a All-MVC first teamer while Martin is the first in program history to earn a spot on the All-MVC first team a year after earning MVC All-Freshman Team honors. Silvey and Brockmeyer, meanwhile, give SIU two of the five All-Freshman Team selections, which are the most for SIU in a single-season in program history.

A Preseason All-MVC selection, Giebelhausen joins Nikki Gilmore, Kasia McClendon, Dyana Pierre and Rishonda Napier as the only Salukis to repeat on the All-MVC First Team. One of the league's most versatile players, the East Peoria native finished the regular-season ranked in the top-20 of the conference in eight statistical categories. She was second in minutes played (37.3/game), sixth in steals (1.4/game) and three-pointers made (1.9/game), eighth in blocks (1.1/game) and 11th in scoring (11.6/game). Giebelhausen has etched her place throughout SIU's record book, as she's the only player in program history to record at least 1,000 career points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists, 100 steals and 100 blocks. Giebelhausen, Drake's Becca Hittner and Missouri State's Liza Fruendt are the only three this season to repeat as All-MVC First Teamers.

Giebelhausen was also picked to the All-Defensive team for the first time in her career. Giebelhausen is one of two players (Indiana State's Wendi Bibbins is the other) in the Valley to rank in the top-10 in both steals (1.1) and blocks (1.4). She is just the fifth Saluki, and second under Coach Cindy Stein, to earn a spot on the All-Defensive team since the MVC began giving out the recognition following the 1995-96 season. Earlier this week, Giebelhausen garnered her third-straight MVC Scholar-Athlete team selection.

Martin is the first player in program history to earn All-MVC First Team honors a year after earning a spot on the MVC All-Freshman Team and is the 22nd player in Valley history, and first since the 2014-15 season, to do so. The Jefferson City, Mo. native is just the 12th different Saluki to earn All-MVC First Team honors and just the fifth to do so as a sophomore. She had a breakout second season as a Saluki in which she led the team in scoring and scored in double figures in 22 of SIU's 29 games. She finished the regular season ranked in the top-15 in the MVC in six statistical categories, including points (10th), rebounds (14th) and field goal percentage (7th).

Brockmeyer led all Valley freshmen in rebounds (7.1/game), blocks (1.28), offensive rebounds (2.5) and defensive rebounds (4.6). She also ranked third among Valley freshmen in scoring (10.1) and fourth in minutes per game (29.1). She finished the regular season tied for 15th nationally among freshmen in rebounds per game and ranks 19th among freshmen nationally in blocks per game. The Raymond native tied the school record for points in a game by a freshman in SIU's win over Evansville (12/29), as she poured in a career-high 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds in the win.

Her five double-doubles this season are tied with Mary Berghuis for the second-most in a freshmen season in program history while her 294 rebounds are the fifth-most in a single-season by a freshman in program history.

Silvey reached double figures in 15 games, including 10 Valley games. The Glen Carbon native finished third on the team, and second among Valley freshmen, in scoring (10.2/game). Silvey's 47 three-pointers this season are tied with Giebelhausen for the fifth-most in a freshman season in program history while her 295 points this season are the 10th-most in a freshman season in school history. Silvey went for 15 points in her Saluki debut, the second-most in a debut in program history, in SIU's season-opening win over UT Martin on Nov. 10.

She became just the ninth Saluki to open a freshman campaign with back-to-back double-digit scoring outputs after she scored 10 points at UAB. Her 15 games in double-figures are the seventh-most in a freshman season in program history.

The Salukis will now await word on the MVC Specialty Awards, which are to be given out on Thursday between the first two games of the 2018 MVC Tournament at TaxSlayer Center. SIU is the fourth seed in the tournament and will take on the fifth-seeded Indiana State Sycamores at 2:30 p.m. on Friday.


Sports reporter

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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