Ashlyn Baggett named SLC Student Athlete of the Year
FRISCO, Texas – McNeese State junior Ashlyn Baggett has been named the Southland Conference Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league office announced recently in conjunction with the release of the women’s basketball all-academic teams.
Baggett led the Cowgirls to their best season in school history with a 26-7 overall record and led the Southland with a 15-1 mark against league opponents. Baggett anchored the Cowgirls’ offense en route to their first outright regular-season title and was named the most valuable player of the 2011 State Farm Southland Conference Basketball Tournament after leading McNeese to its first conference tournament title and first trip to the NCAA tournament. A native of Iota, La., Baggett is the first Cowgirl to receive first-team all-conference honors since 1997. She finished the year ranked second in the league in scoring (16.7), third in 3-point field goal percentage (.365) and fifth in 3-pointers made (2.2).
A nursing major with a 3.74 grade-point average, Baggett earned CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-District VI second-team honors and was just one of just two Southland players to score more than 500 points (550) this season. Baggett is the second McNeese State player to be named the women’s basketball student-athlete of the year joining Kellie Burbridge, who received the honor in 2002.
There were three automatic selections on the all-academic teams including Baggett, Sam Houston State junior Britni Martin and Lamar sophomore Kalis Loyd. Each picked up first-team all-conference honors following the season. The other seven all-academic honorees were selected by a vote of the league's head coaches, sports information contacts and academic advisors.
Martin a native of Conroe, Texas, is a business major with a 3.35 GPA. Loyd, a native of Malmoe, Sweden, carries a 3.17 GPA in accounting and makes her second consecutive appearance on the all-academic team. Other first-team selections include McNeese State junior Caitlyn Baggett and Lamar junior Ang Green. Caitlyn Baggett, the twin sister of Ashlyn Baggett, was a second-team all-conference selection and is a nursing major with a 3.65 GPA. Green, a native of Silsbee, Texas, carries a 3.69 GPA in communication.
Second-team honorees include Sam Houston State sophomore Sequeena Thomas, Texas State senior Anna Brzozowski, Lamar junior Monique Whittaker, UTSA senior Alysse Davis and Central Arkansas sophomore Micah Rice.
Thomas, a second-team all-conference selection, is a native of Allentown, Pa., and carries a 3.21 GPA in mass communications. Brzozowski, a native of Harrah, Okla., is an exercise and sports science major, and boasts the highest GPA on the all-academic team with a 3.87. Whittaker, the Southland newcomer of the year, is an education major with a 3.22 GPA. Davis, a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, carries a 3.32 GPA in marketing, and Rice is a native of Little Rock, Ark., with a 3.80 GPA in physical therapy.
Lamar led all schools with three selections, which are the most by a Cardinals team since the inception of the all-academic teams in the 2001-02 season. McNeese State and Sam Houston State each had two and Central Arkansas, UTSA and Texas State had one apiece.
The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 12 member schools, voted for the student-athlete of the year.
The student-athlete of the year award is presented to the student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale and demonstrated achievement in athletics for at least two years at the nominating institution.