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Women’s Basketball Announces 2006-07 Award Winners

Women’s Basketball Announces 2006-07 Award Winners

April 23, 2007

GALLERY (courtesy of Mark Crammer)

CLEMSON, SC – The Clemson women’s basketball team held its annual appreciation and awards banquet on Sunday night at the Tiger Den at Clemson’s Memorial Stadium. Head coach Cristy McKinney and her staff honored senior student-athlete Carrie Whitehurst, senior managers Beth Boss and Tiffany Hurt and graduate assistant Megan Honeycut, while also presenting awards for top performances during the 2006-07 season.

Freshman Christy Brown earned three honors, as she received the Playmaker Award, the Gene Beard Hustle Award and the Annie Tribble Leadership Award. D’Lesha Lloyd was voted by her teammates as the Most Valuable Player, while also taking home the prize for the best free throw percentage. Tasha Taylor collected two honors as well, winning the team’s Best Defensive Player and Best Field Goal Percentage awards.

Rookies Lele Hardy and Morganne Campbell each received two awards on Sunday. Hardy, an ACC All-Freshman team member, was given the Newcomer-of-the-Year Award and was also the team’s leading rebounder. McKinney then presented Campbell with the Bill Nix Coaches’ Award and the Fairburn, GA native also garnered the Strength and Conditioning Award.

Sophomore Susan Yenser received the Academic Achievement Award as well as the Air Force ROTC Award; and red-shirt sophomore April Parker, who sat out the season after transferring, was honored with the team’s Most Improved Award.

2006-07 Lady Tiger Awards (sponsor in parenthesis)

Best Field Goal Percentage (Ken and Ester Revis Wagner) Tasha Taylor

Made 140-of-298 field goals for a .470 percentage

Best Free Throw Percentage (Bob and Lana Todd) D’Lesha Lloyd

Was 56-of-76 from the free throw line in 2006-07 for73.7-percent

Leading Rebounder Award (Mr. Ralph Nix) Lele Hardy

Led the team with 85 offensive rebounds and 121 defensiverebounds Averaged 6.9 per game, the most of any ACC freshman and14th in the league overall

Best Defensive Player Award (Retired Lt. Col. And Mrs. Don R. Castle) Tasha Taylor

Was given the team’s toughest defensive assignment in each gameRecorded 47 steals and 13 blocked shots in 2006-07

Playmaker Award (Mr. Wofford Powell) Christy Brown

Had 142 assists on the year, the only player in triple digitsfor the statistical category Her 4.73 assists per game ranked firstamong ACC freshman and fourth overall in the conference Owned ateam-best 1.29 assist-to-turnover ratio which was also listedseventh in the ACC

Gene Beard Hustle Award (Mr. and Mrs. Gene Beard) Christy Brown

Started 29 of 30 games in 2006-07 Led the Lady Tigers, playing30.0 minutes per game at the point guard position Averaged 7.8points, 4.73 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 1.33 steals per game Namedto the ACC All-Freshman team

Newcomer-of-the-Year Award (Mr. Charlie Smith) Lele Hardy

Set the Clemson freshman record with 98 steals in the season,which was also the fourth-best performance in ACC freshman historyHer 98 steals also ranked second all-time in program history Ledthe Lady Tigers with 6.9 rebounds per game and ranked third on theteam with 11.6 points per game Started all 30 games in 2006-07Selected to the ACC All-Freshman team

Bill Nix Coaches’ Award (Cheryl Hanna and Karen Nix)Morganne Campbell

Played in 22 games during the season, missing the other eightdue to illnesses Averaged 4.5 points and 1.5 rebounds per game Alsototaled 14 steals, 14 assists and four blocks on the year, whileconverting 24-of-33 free throws and hitting 10 three-point fieldgoals

Most Improved Award (Wachovia Bank of South Carolina) April Parker

Transfer from Western Carolina who sat out the 2006-07 seasondue to transferring rules Improved her game in practice even thoughshe could not see action in games

Most Valuable Player Award (Dr. and Mrs. Robert C. Edwards) D’Lesha Lloyd

Voted on by her teammates Led team with a 14.4 scoring averagewhile ranking second with a 6.5 rebounding figure, both of whichnearly doubled her prior career averages Scored in doubles figuresin 24 games in the 2006-07 season

Annie Tribble Leadership Award (Pat Rhoden) Christy Brown

Voted as a team captain as just a red-shirt freshman Started 29of 30 games at the point guard position and led the team in minutesplayed

Academic Achievement Award (The Garrison Family) Susan Yenser

Had the highest GPA on the team for the spring of 2006 and fallof 2006 semesters with a cumulative GPA of over 3.4

Strength and Conditioning Award (National Strength and Conditioning Association)Morganne Campbell

Greatly improved her numbers in several weight liftingcategories Displayed a tremendous work ethic in the weight room

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) Susan Yenser

Spirit of the Tiger Award (Larry DiBiase and family) Tumpy Hudnel