From Arkansas State University
The Arkansas State University women's basketball program honored its student-athletes Thursday at the annual ASU women's basketball post-season banquet Cooper Alumni Center on the ASU campus.
Brad Bobo, the "Voice of the Red Wolves," served as the emcee of the event. Bobo introduced Red Wolves head coach Brian Boyer to those in attendance, and Boyer, along with assistant coaches Leslie Larsen and Sonja Tate presented the following awards:
Presented with letter jackets as a part of the Margret Osoinach Award were freshman Khadija Brown-Haywood, Jalen O'Bannon, Sandy Jackson, Jessica Flanery, Xena King, Lindsey Killough and junior newcomers Carlette Wyatt and Carlisha Wyatt.
Second-year letterwinners Hanna Qedan and Jasmine Hunt were presented with a photo collage, while third-year letterwinner Jane Morrill was presented with a Red Wolves wristwatch.
Four-year letterwinners Andi Watson, Ashley Olvera and Quinishia McDowell were presented with custom Red Wolves basketballs for their years of outstanding service and leadership to the ASU women's basketball program.
Morrill was named as the team's Most Valuable Player after leading the team in scoring at 14.3 points-per-game. She led the team in field goal percentage at 51.2 percent and in 3-point field goal percentage. She was second on the team in free throw percentage and second in offensive rebounds. She selected as the team's Offensive Player of the Year.
She was also recognized for being named as a Sun Belt Preseason Second-Team All-Conference selection and as a Second-Team All-Conference selection as the conclusion of this past year. She finished ranked second in the league in free throw percentage, while earning the top mark in conference games for the second year in a row. She was fourth in the league in field goal percentage and third among conference games.
Olvera finished third in the league in assists at 4.0 per game and was second in conference games at 4.3 per night. She was also fifth in among conference players turnover ratio at 1.1 per outing, while finishing third in assists a 1.3 in conference games. Qedan finished third in the league in three-point field goal percentage in conference games at 36.6 percent night and was fourth in free throw percentage in conference games at 85.7 percent.
McDowell was named as the team's Defensive Player of the Year after holding the nation's leading scorer Jerica Coley, who averaged 26 points per contest, to just 15 points at the Convocation Center. She also held some of the league's top scorers well under their season averages for points on the year.
Olvera and McDowell also received the Student-Athlete of the Year awards after achieving GPA's of 4.0 in the spring of 2012 and the fall of 2012. The Red Wolves were also recognized for achieving the highest team GPA in the Sun Belt Conference for the 2011-12 academic school at the SBC Tournament.
McDowell won the final award of the night, the Red Wolves Excellence award which takes into account academics, community service, heart, effort, determination (on and off the court), Pride in Arkansas State and overall character.