Junior Kaayla McIntyre, junior Mikaela Boyd and senior Jay-Ann Bravo-Harriott were each recognized Tuesday with the release of the Mid-American Conference all-league squads.
McIntyre and Boyd earned spots on the third team, while Bravo-Harriott was an honorable mention all-conference selection. In addition, Boyd was named to the All-MAC Defensive Team.
The all-conference squads were determined from voting by the league’s 12 head coaches, while the specialty awards were selected by head coaches, athletic communications directors and media members of the conference.
Bravo-Harriott collected all-conference recognition for the third-straight season, while Boyd and McIntyre received post-season laurels for the second and first time, respectively.
McIntyre contributed a team-best 16.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, a team-high 1.4 blocks and 0.8 steals in 31.8 minutes per contest in 2017-18. As of March 6, she leads the MAC in overall field-goal percentage (.638, 204 of 320, sixth in the NCAA ), and ranks fifth in rejections, seventh in defensive caroms (5.7 rebounds per game), and 10th in scoring and overall rebounding. McIntyre concludes the year tied for second in UT history in overall field-goal percentage and tied for sixth in blocked shots (42) in the single season record book. Earlier this year, the Toledo native shot 12 of 13 (92.3 percent) from the field against Western Michigan (Feb. 17), the second-highest mark in school history in a game (minimum 10 attempts).
One of three Rockets to start every this year, McIntyre scored in double figures on a squad-best 29 occasions, including a career-high 30 points against MAC East Division Champion Buffalo (Feb. 3). In MAC contests, McIntyre tallied a team-high 17.2 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 2.4 assists per game, a squad-best 1.2 blocks per game and 0.8 steals per game in 33.0 minutes per game. She finished first in overall field-goal percentage (.624, 126 of 202) for the third consecutive year, as well as standing eighth in scoring. She sits first in school history in career overall field-goal percentage (.626, 432 of 690) and fourth in rejections (99).
Boyd averaged 12.4 points, a squad-high 8.2 rebounds, a team-best 4.3 assists and a squad-high 2.4 steals in a team-best 33.1 minutes per contest in 2017-18. She stands sixth in the MAC in overall rebounding and defensive boards (6.0 rebounds per game), eighth in minutes played (33.1 minutes per game), ninth in helpers and assist/turnover ratio (1.7, 132-79), tied for 12th in offensive caroms (2.2 rebounds per game) and 22nd in scoring. The two-time third-team All-MAC honoree scored in double figures on 22 occasions during the year, the second-highest total on the team, including a season-high 24 points, a contest-best 15 boards and a game-high four steals at Ball State (Feb. 24). Earlier this season, Boyd pulled down a career-high 19 caroms vs. Ohio (Jan. 10), tied for fifth most in UT history and the most since Inma Zanoguera had 21 against Idaho in the first round of the Glass City Classic Dec. 13, 2014.
In MAC contests, Boyd tallied 14.4 points per game, a squad-high 10.0 rebounds per game, a team-high 4.3 assists per game and a squad-best 2.1 steals per game in a team-high 35.0 minutes per game. The 2017-18 team captain finished second in the league in defensive boards (7.6 rebounds per game) and third in overall rebounding.
Along with being named all-league, Boyd becomes the first Rocket to be selected to the All-MAC Defensive Team. The Hillside, Ill., native snagged a squad-best 73 steals, the fifth highest total in the conference. Boyd registered at least four thefts on eight occasions this year, including a career-high seven vs. St. Francis (Pa.) (Nov. 10) in the first round of the Preseason WNIT.
A three-time All-MAC performer, Bravo-Harriott made at least four triples on a team-high eight occasions this year, including a program-tying best eight at Bowling Green (Jan. 27). Bravo-Harriott became only the fourth player in UT history with eight treys in a game and the first since 2002. She stands sixth in the MAC in three-point field-goals made (74, 2.4), tied for 10th in three-point field-goal percentage (.374, 74 of 198) and 21st in scoring (12.7 points per game). She concludes the year eighth in school history in three-point field-goal attempts (193) and 10th in three-point field-goals made (74) in a season.
The two-time team captain started every game in 2017-18, averaging 12.7 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 0.6 steals in 29.3 minutes. Bravo-Harriott scored in double figures on 20 occasions during the year, the third highest total on the team, including a season-best 27 points against archrival BGSU. In MAC contests, Bravo-Harriott tallied 13.5 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game, 1.9 assists per game and 0.6 steals per game in 30.4 minutes per game. The three-time Academic All-District 5 Team honoree wraps up her collegiate career third in school history in three-point field-goals made (240) and three-point field-goal attempts (672), eighth in minutes played (3,525), 10th in three-point field-goal percentage (.357, 240 of 672), and 13th in scoring (1,426 points).
The Rockets will have to wait until Monday, March 12, to find out if they have been picked to participate in the Postseason WNIT.