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Martha Alwal Earns Associated Press All-SEC Honor

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Sophomore Martha Alwal was named AP All-SEC Honorable Mention Tuesday, a week after winning the Gillom Trophy.
Photo Courtesy of Bill Simmonds

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State sophomore Martha Alwal earned another postseason honor Tuesday when she was named Associated Press All-SEC Honorable Mention.

Alwal earned the All-SEC accolade a week after winning the Gillom Trophy for Mississippi's top female college basketball player.

The Worthington, Minn., native also collected Second Team All-SEC and All-Defensive team honors from the league coaches following the regular season.

 "I feel like I really improved as a player this season, and to be voted All-SEC is truly an honor," Alwal said. "It's also a testament to my coaches and teammates for supporting me and helping me improve."

Alwal finished the year the SEC leader with a school second-most 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. Alwal finished the campaign with 292 boards, the fourth-most in a season by a Bulldog.

"Martha continues to reap the benefits of a great sophomore season. This is a great honor for her that shows how much she has improved as a player," head coach Vic Schaefer said. "We hope that this is just the start of the awards for her as she continues to improve and gain experience."

Alwal rated second in the conference with 78 blocked shots, the third-most in MSU history. Her 160 career blocks stand 20 back of tying the school record.

Offensively, Alwal paced State with 12.1 ppg and shot 78.9-percent from the free-throw line, the fourth-highest tally in the SEC and ninth-best mark in MSU annals.

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


2013 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC TEAMS

FIRST TEAM
u-A'dia Mathies, Kentucky, G, 5-9, Sr.
Kelsey Bone, Texas A&M, C, 6-4, Jr.
Meighan Simmons, Tennessee, G , 5-9, Jr.
Theresa Plaisance, LSU, F, 6-5, Jr.
Tiffany Clarke, Vanderbilt, F, 6-0, Sr.

SECOND TEAM
Jasmine Hassell, Georgia, F, 6-2, Sr.
Bashaara Graves, Tennessee, F-C, 6-2, Fr.
DaNesha Stallworth, Kentucky, C, 6-3, Jr.
Ieasia Walker, South Carolina, G, 5-8, Sr.
Hasina Muhammad, Auburn, G, 6-1, So.

HONORABLE MENTION
Martha Alwal, Mississippi State, C, 6-4, So.
Jaterra Bonds, Florida, G, 5-7, Jr.
Kristi Bellock, Texas A&M, F, 6-1, Sr.
Jennifer George, Florida, F, 6-0, Sr.
Jasmine James, Georgia, G, 5-9, Sr.
Jasmine Lister, Vanderbilt, G, 5-4, Jr.
Adrienne Pratcher, Texas A&M, G, 5-7, Sr.
Adrienne Webb, LSU, G, 5-9, Sr.
Aleighsa Welch, South Carolina, F. 6-0, So.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - A'dia Mathies, Kentucky

COACH OF THE YEAR - Holly Warlick, Tennessee

NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR - Bashaara Graves, Tennessee

u - unanimous choice to first team


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