UTSA senior Ryba Pawlaczyk
Pawlaczyk named SLC Student-Athlete of Year
By Carlos Valdez
Assistant Sports Information Director
(April 17, 2009)--UTSA senior forward Ryba Pawlaczyk was named the 2008-2009 Capital One Bank/Southland Conference Women's Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced Tuesday.
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The Wroclaw, Poland, native is the second player in program history to receive the award, joining Nicole Dunson, who was honored four years ago.
Pawlaczyk, who maintains a 3.32 grade-point average in biology and clinical lab, helped the Roadrunners win a share of the SLC Regular Season Championship, defend their SLC Tournament title and post a school-record 24 wins this year.
She ranked second in the SLC with 1.7 blocks per game and her 10.8 points and 9.0 rebounds per contest were third on the team. A two-time Southland Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, Pawlaczyk was the league's only player to receive second-team ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District VI honors.
She is the second UTSA student-athlete to win SLC Student-Athlete of the Year honors this academic year, as junior Dana Mecke collected the award in both women's cross country and indoor track and field.