Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Jennifer Risper of Vanderbilt named national defensive player of the year

On Saturday, Jennifer Risper guarded Maryland's Marissa Coleman and gave up 42 points in a heartbreaking loss in the NCAA Sweet 16.

Yesterday, she was named the national defensive player of the year, as voted on by the coaches.

Who undoubtedly voted before Saturday.

It sounds ridiculous, but anybody who's seen Risper play knows how tough she is to score on. And anybody who's seen Coleman play knows what an explosive scorer she is. And Risper, forced to play the post because of injury, gave up four inches to Coleman.

For more details on the award, here's the press release posted on the official Vandy site.

So congrats, Jennifer. We'll miss you and Katrina Wirth next season.

Oh, and Coleman and the Terps overextended themselves so much against the Lady Dores that they ran out of gas in their next outing and lost to Louisville, who'd never been to a ladies' Final Four.

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