CLEVELAND - Senior Kaayla McIntyre and classmate Mikaela Boyd were both recognized on Tuesday with the release of the Mid-American Conference all-league squads. McIntyre earned a spot on the second team, while Boyd was an honorable mention all-conference selection. In addition, McIntyre 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.
McIntyre collected all-league recognition for a second-straight season, while Boyd received post-season laurels for a third-consecutive year.
A Toledo native, McIntyre is averaging a team-high 16.4 points, a squad-best 8.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, a team-best 1.6 blocks and 0.7 steals in 28.8 minutes per game in 2018-19.
The 2018-19 team captain currently leads the league in overall field-goal percentage (.588, 203-of-345, 15th in NCAA), as well as ranks tied for second in defensive boards (6.1 rpg), tied for fourth in overall rebounding, seventh in scoring, 12th in offensive caroms (2.1 rpg) and 20th in free throw percentage (.664, 85-of-128).
One of three Rockets to start all 30 games this year, McIntyre has scored in double figures in all but one contest, finishing with a season-high 25 points and a contest-best 15 caroms at Eastern Michigan on March 6 to post her squad-best ninth double-double.
In MAC contests, McIntyre tallied 16.9 ppg, a squad-best 9.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, a team-best 1.7 bpg and 0.8 spg in 29.7 mpg.
Along with being named all-conference, McIntyre becomes the second Rocket to be selected to the All-MAC Defensive Team. The three-year starter is currently swatting an impressive 1.6 shots (65th in NCAA) this season, the second-highest mark in the MAC.
McIntyre has blocked at least three shots on six occasions in 2018-19, including a season-high five twice, most recently against Ohio on Feb. 13.
If the year ended before tomorrow>s quarterfinal match-up in the MAC Tournament, McInytre would rank ninth in school history in blocked shots (47) and eighth in overall field-goal percentage in a season.
McIntyre, who graduated in December with a degree in criminal justice, currently sits second in MAC history in career field-goal percentage (.612, 646-of-1,055), as well as ranks second in school annals in rejections (150), fifth in field-goals made (646), eighth in scoring (1,530 pts.) and total rebounds (788) and 10th in rebounding average (6.4 rpg).
Boyd is contributing 9.6 points, 5.9 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.1 steals in a team-high 32.1 minutes per contest in 2018-19. The two-time team captain currently sits tied for fifth in the MAC in assist/turnover ratio (1.8, 116-64), eighth in offensive boards (2.4 rpg), tied for eighth in helpers, tied for 15th in overall rebounding, 17th in minutes played and 18th in defensive caroms (3.6 rpg).
One of the league's most athletic players, the three-time All-MAC selection has scored in double figures on 12 occasions this year, including a season-high 25 points at arch-rival Bowling Green on Jan. 19.
In MAC contests, Boyd tallied 9.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.7 apg and 1.0 spg in a team-best 33.6 mpg.
Boyd currently sits ninth in UT annals in career steals (188), tied for 10th in games played (127) and 18th in scoring (1,178).
McIntyre, Boyd and the No. 6 seed Rockets (20-10) will return to action on Wednesday, March 13 when they square off against No. 3 seed Miami (22-7) in the quarterfinals of the MAC Tournament. The opening tip is slated for approximately 7:00 p.m. in Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland and will be shown shown on ESPN+.