Carlsen is Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 4 Coach of the Year

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Lewis' Carlsen named 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 4 Coach of the year

Published: March 25, 2014.

Lewis University head women's basketball coach Lisa Carlsen has been named the 2014 Russell Athletic/Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) NCAA Division II Region 4 Coach of the Year, the WBCA announced on Monday (March 24).

Carlsen, who owns a record of 117-86 (.576) in seven seasons at Lewis, is now a finalist to receive the inaugural Pat Summitt Trophy that will be presented to the 2014 Russell Athletic/WBCA NCAA Division II Coach of the Year at the WBCA Awards Show on April 7 in Nashville, Tenn.

Carlsen led the Flyers to their second-straight 20-win season and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 as the squad finished with a 23-6 record. She was named 2013 Great Lakes Valley Conference Coach of the Year as she guided the Flyers to a 24-6 record and a GLVC Championship in 2013, marking the best turn around in the country after finishing with an 8-20 record in 2012.

Under the tutelage of Carlsen, sophomore forward Mariyah Brawner-Henley (Skokie, Ill./Niles North) was named as 2014 WBCA NCAA Division II All-American Honorable Mention, the Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Year and a Daktronics All-Midwest Region First Team selection. Brawner-Henley led the nation with 23 double-doubles in 29 games and averaged a conference-best 18.2 points and 12.1 rebounds-per-game.

Also picking up postseason accolades, junior forward Jess Reinhart (Normal, Ill./Bloomington Central Catholic) was named a All-GLVC East and Daktronics All-Midwest Second Team honoree for the second-straight year, averaged 15.4 points and 7.3 rebounds-per-game. Redshirt sophomore guard Jamie Johnson (South Holland, Ill./Marian Catholic) averaged 17.3 points and 4.5 assists-per-game and earned All-GLVC First Team and NCAA Midwest Region All-Tournament team honors.

Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit for further information.

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