May 4, 2011

Vikings Announce Award Winners at Team Banquet

May 4, 2011

Contact: Greg Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Shawnita Garland, who earned first team All-Horizon League honors, also won the top honor as the team Most Valuable Player when the women's basketball awards were announced at the team banquet over the weekend.

The Vikings finished the season with a 21-12 record, marking the second most wins in program history. CSU also finished a program best second place in the Horizon League at 12-6 and advanced to the postseason for the third time in the last four years, winning at IPFW in the first round of the Women's Basketball Invitational.

Garland, who was a second team All-Horizon League selection as a sophomore and junior, also won the Free Throw Excellence Award after leading the team in free throw pecentage (.766; 72-94).

Garland, a native of Charleston, W. Va., concluded her senior season averaging 16.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.9 steals per game. She finished in the top-10 of six CSU single season categories, including a school record 1,270 minutes played. In addition, Garland was second on the CSU single season chart for field goal attempts (518), fifth in points (553) and steals (96), sixth in three pointers made (61) and seventh in field goals made (210).

The Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year for the second time in her career (2009), Garland finished her career ranked fifth on the all-time scoring list at CSU with 1,468 points. She is also ranked third all-time with 315 steals, holding three of the top-10 single season marks. Garland set the CSU record by playing in 129 career games, advancing to the postseason in three of her four seasons (two NCAA appearances and one WBI appearance).

She also ranks fifth in program history in field goals made (572), assists (336) and three point field goal percentage (.344), seventh in free throw percentage (.756), ninth in three pointers made (129), 10th in games started (86) and tied for 15th in rebounds (543). In addition, Garland became the first player in school history to total at least 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 300 assists and 250 steals for a career.

In other awards presented, sophomore Shalonda Winton, who was a two-time Horizon League Player of the Week, garnered the Rebounding Excellence Award, whole Haley Schmitt was tabbed the Most Improved Player and Kaila Montgomery was honored with the Academic Excellence Award.

Winton became just the fourth player in school history to grab at least 300 rebounds in a season, finishing with exactly 300. She ranked fourth in the league and 59th in the nation in rebounding at 9.1 per game. She will enter her junior campaign with 460 career rebounds, needing 15 more to move into 20th place on the all-time list at CSU.

Winton had double-digit rebounds in 15 games this year, including a career-high 15 boards at Akron (Dec. 11), while her 102 offensive rebounds were the fourth most in a season in CSU history.

Schmitt, a freshman from Gahanna, Ohio, showed continued improvement throughout the season, often simulating the opposition's best post player in practices. Schmitt played in 13 games, averaging 1.1 points and 0.8 rebounds, but saved her best game of the season in the WBI quarterfinal loss to Chicago State, scoring six points with five rebounds in nine minutes.

Montgomery, a history and public relations major, carries a 3.74 grade point average, which earned her the Academic Excellence Award. She was recently honored for the third straight year with the Academic Excellence Award at the CSU Academic Honors Luncheon.

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