April 28, 2008
GALLERY (courtesy of Mark Crammer)
CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball team held its annual appreciation and awards banquet on Sunday evening at the Madren Conference Center on campus. Head Coach Cristy McKinney and her staff honored graduating student-athletes Adrianne Bradshaw, Moreemi Davis and D’Lesha Lloyd, as well as senior managers Jeff Laws and Jamison “Gundi” Simmons.
Awards for top performances of the 2007-08 season were also presented at the dinner, with sophomore Lele Hardy was also a multiple award-winner, earning the team’s Most Valuable Player Award and the Leading Rebounder Award.
Moreemi Davis, who has elected not to return as a fifth-year senior, was presented with the Bill Nix Coaches’ Award, while Christy Brown took home the Playmaker Award. Tasha Taylor, who was injured this past season, earned the Annie Tribble Leadership Award for her commitment to and encouragement of her teammates from the bench.
April Parker received the Best Free Throw Percentage Award, and Sthefany Thomas was named the Newcomer-of-the-Year. Katie McInerney received the Academic Achievement and Air Force ROTC awards.
2007-08 Lady Tiger Awards (sponsor in parenthesis)
Best Field Goal Percentage (Ken and Ester Revis Wagner)Morganne Campbell – Made 97 of 223 field goals for a .435 percentage
Best Free Throw Percentage (Bob and Lana Todd) April Parker – Was 23-of-28 from the free throw line in 2007-08 for 82.1-percent
Leading Rebounder Award (Mr. Ralph Nix) Lele Hardy – Led team with 82 offensive rebounds and 220 total – Ranked 14th in the ACC with a 7.1 rebounds per game average
Best Defensive Player Award (Retired Lt. Col. And Mrs. Don R. Castle)Morganne Campbell – Was given the team’s toughest defensive assignment in each game – Had 51 steals in 2007-08
Playmaker Award (Mr. Wofford Powell) Christy Brown – Recorded 110 assists as the team’s point guard – Ranked eighth in the ACC with 3.67 assists per game
Gene Beard Hustle Award (Mr. and Mrs. Gene Beard)Morganne Campbell – Played in all 31 games and started 28 – Led team in minutes played with 28.6 per game – Only player on team to play all 40 minutes of a game
Newcomer-of-the-Year Award (Mr. Charlie Smith) Sthefany Thomas – Started nine games, most for a freshman in 2007-08, and played in all 31 – Ranked fifth on the team in scoring with an 8.0 points per game average – Also averaging 2.5 rebounds per game and tallied 48 assists and 47 steals – Had the second-highest free throw percentage on the team (.796)
Bill Nix Coaches’ Award (Cheryl Hanna and Karen Nix) Moreemi Davis – Earned the starting center assignment in 23 games, including the last 18 games of the season – Averaged 4.1 points and 3.6 rebounds per game with 17 blocked shots
Most Improved Award (Wachovia Bank of South Carolina)Morganne Campbell – Increased her scoring average from 4.5 points per game as a freshman to an 8.5 figure as a sophomore in 2007-08 – Also more than doubled her rebounding average while posting higher numbers in every statistical category – Started 28 games
Most Valuable Player Award (Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Edwards) Lele Hardy – Voted on by her teammates – Team’s leading rebounder with 7.1 per game and ranked second in scoring with 8.8 points per game – Led team with 83 steals and now ranks eighth in school history with 181 over her career – Also had 105 assists and 13 blocked shots in 2007-08
Annie Tribble Leadership Award (Pat Rhoden) Tasha Taylor – Provided support and encouragement from the bench after suffering a season-ending injury in the fall
Academic Achievement Award (The Garrison Family) Katie McInerney – Had the highest GPA on the team
Strength and Conditioning Award (National Strength and Conditioning Association)Morganne Campbell – Displayed a tremendous work ethic in the weight room – Numbers include a 235-pound back squad and a 150-pound bench press
Air Force ROTC Award (Clemson Air Force ROTC) (Presented to the player who best exhibits the core values of the Air Force, as demonstrated by his integrity, service before self, and excellence in all endeavors) Katie McInerney
Spirit of the Tiger Award (Larry DiBiase and family) The Grate Family
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