Football mm
auction
 

MSU's Martha Alwal Wins 2013 C Spire Gillom Trophy

Share on Fancred
Send this article to a friend Print RSS

Gillom Trophy winner Martha Alwal with MSU legend Bailey Howell and the award's namesake, Peggie Gillom.
Photo Courtesy of hailstate.com

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State sophomore Martha Alwal earned the title of the state's top female college basketball player Monday when she was chosen the winner of the C Spire Gillom Trophy at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame.

Alwal became the second Bulldog to win the award, joining Alexis Rack who won the trophy following the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

"I'm really excited. I worked really hard, so I'm excited I won the award. It's big for the program," Alwal said. "This award is bigger than me. It goes out to my teammates because I wouldn't have won it without them. It also goes out to my coaches because of the support they have shown me this season. I'm just really happy to win this great award."

Alwal finished the season the SEC leader with 16 double-doubles, 10 in conference play.

She also topped the league with 9.7 rebounds per contest, the highest average since LaToya Thomas in 2001-02, and her 292 boards are the fourth-most in a season by a Bulldog.

"I'm really happy for our program and for Martha. Obviously it's an individual award, but as Martha said, it's a reflection of a lot of hard work put in not just by her, but her team. I know she shares this award with our program and our team," head coach Vic Schaefer said. "It will be a great challenge to her to go into the offseason and better herself. She's seen her improvement from one season to the next, now let's see if she can make that next step and improve that much more in the next season."

Alwal rated second in the conference with 2.6 per game. Her 78 swats rate third in MSU history, and her 160 career blocks are 20 back of tying the school record.

The Worthington, Minn., native paced State with 12.1 ppg, and she capped the campaign with a 78.9-percent free-throw percentage, fourth-best in the SEC and ninth in MSU annals.

Alwal claimed the most rebounds by an SEC player this season with 18 in the season-opener against Houston. She also tied for the most blocks in a game with eight against Alabama on Feb. 21.

Southern Miss' Jamierra Faulkner and Ole Miss' Valencia McFarland joined Alwal as finalists for the award.

The winner was selected by a vote of print, radio and television media in the state, and the award was presented at a luncheon at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.
More from HAILSTATE BASKETBALL (W)

advertisement
STAY CONNECTED
advertisement
Columbus Orthopaedic
MDOT
MDOT
UMI
Tupelo
Maroon Friday - Aspen Bay
Maroon Friday - Deep South Pout
Maroon Friday - Cake Box
Maroon Friday - Iupe's
Maroon Friday - William Wells Tire
Maroon Friday - Libby Story
Maroon Friday - Cappe's
Maroon Friday - The Little Dooey
Maroon Friday - Firehouse Subs
Maroon Friday - Juva Juice
Maroon Friday - Shipley's
Maroon Friday - Stagger In
Maroon Friday - Stromboli's
Maroon Friday - Dave's Darkhorse Tavern
Maroon Friday - Old Venice
MAROON FRIDAY SPONSORS
MSU Athletics
Best Western
Dawg House
Farm Bureau
CSpire
Chevron
Gray Daniels
MDOT
Ford
MSU Athletics
Vivid Seats