Alwal’s recognition followed a 2012-13 season that saw her claim Second Team All-SEC and SEC All-Defensive Team honors along with the C Spire Gillom Trophy as Mississippi’s top female college basketball player.
“I’m proud of Martha. We appreciate the confidence the voting members have in her ability, and now it’s time for her to go earn it again after earning it last season,” second-year coach Vic Schaefer said. “There’s some responsibility that comes with receiving a preseason award. It’s a prediction, so Martha has to embrace that and live up to the expectations we have for her at Mississippi State. We want her to improve on the numbers she put up last season, because for our team’s success, she has to play well night in and night out.”
The Worthington, Minn., native posted career highs with 12.1 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game a year ago. She topped the league in rebounding , blocked shots (2.6 per game) and double-doubles (16).
During her first two seasons in Starkville, Alwal has scored 525 points and pulled down 507 rebounds. Her 160-career blocked shots rate second in MSU history, 20 shy of Chanel Mokango’s school record.
Alwal also posted her best season at the free-throw line, connecting on a 78.9-percent tally that rated second in the league.
Alwal and the Bulldogs open the 2013-14 season Friday, traveling to Houston for a 5:30 p.m. tip that will be broadcast live on WMXU 106.1.