Ekworomadu Named SLC Player of the Year
Fox wins Coach of the Year, DeGrate named to Third Team
FRISCO – Texas State senior forward Joyce Ekworomadu took home Southland Conference Player of the Year honors, as the 2007-08 All-Southland Conference women’s basketball teams were announced today by the conference office.
Ekworomadu was also named to the All-SLC First Team for the first time in her career after being a member of the Second Team each of the last two seasons. The senior ran away with the league’s highest accolade by claiming 20 first place votes to become just the second player from Texas State to receive the honor (Tori Talbert, 2003, 05). A two-time player of the week selection, Ekworomadu led the SLC with 11 20-plus point games and a .904 mark from the charity stripe. Her 20.6 conference scoring average finished second in the SLC, and she was one of only two players to average over 20 points a game in league contests. The Coppell, Texas native also shot a .464 three-point average and sank 2.81 three pointers per game in league play.
The Bobcats’ offense had a record setting season behind Ekworomadu and claimed their first-ever SLC regular season title. Texas State set a new school record for three pointers made and attempted in a season and scored a school record for points against an SLC team with 99 against both Sam Houston State and McNeese State.
Texas State coach Suzanne Fox received Coach of the Year honors after leading the Bobcats to their first regular-season title, claiming the West Division and finishing with her best record at Texas State (20-9/14-2). Coach Fox reached the 20-win mark for the first time in her 11 years in San Marcos while leading the Bobcats to the No. 1 seed heading into the Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, Texas.
Brooke DeGrate rounded out the award winners for the Bobcats with a selection to the All-SLC Third Team. DeGrate ranked second in SLC play in steals while leading the league in assist-to-turnover ratio. She also led the Bobcats in steals, assists and blocks.
Joining Ekworomadu on the All-SLC First Team was UTSA junior Monica Gibbs, who earned her first selection to the squad after leading the league in assists per game (6.06). Gibbs was the only player to average over six assists per game in conference play. She also Posted five double doubles while shooting an impressive .507 field goal percentage (4th). She was one of only four league players to shoot .500 or better from the field and the only All-SLC First Team selection to do so.
Northwestern State senior Tena Matthews was named First Team All-Conference after leading the Southland with 14 double-doubles, including a streak of six consecutive double-doubles. Knocking down a .449 average from the floor, Matthews led the SLC in rebounds (11.3 rpg), was third in scoring (18.6 ppg) and tied for third in steals (2.81 ppg).
Stephen F. Austin Ladyjack Nikki Carr received dual honors this season. A First Team All-SLC selection, Carr was named Defensive Player of the Year after leading the SLC in steals (3.06). Carr finished in the top ten in several offensive categories; ninth in scoring (14.4), seventh in rebounds (7.5) and third in assists (4.75). She also put in six double-doubles and four 20-plus point games.
The only freshman named to the All-SLC First Team, Tamara Abalde of Lamar University also received Freshman of the Year honors. A native of Vigo, Spain, Abalde led the Cardinals to their first regular-season East Division title. A two-time player of the week recipient, Abalde recorded five double-doubles, eight 20-plus point games and scored a single-game high 44 points against Wiley. She finished sixth in scoring (15.7), ninth in rebounds (7.3) and shot .434 from the field.
Second team All-SLC selection Onika Anderson from UTSA received Newcomer of the Year honors after an impressive first season in Southland action. One of three players to average 10 or more rebounds per game (10.2 – 2nd in SLC) Anderson finished fifth in scoring (15.8) and third in field goal percentage (.547).
The All-Southland Conference teams consist of three teams with five selections per team and are voted upon by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors. The leading vote recipient (Joyce Ekworomadu) is automatically selected as conference player of the year and each position is filled according to total of votes received.Email | Print