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SMU's Mays takes top women's honors

Mar. 12, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- SMU junior guard Keena Mays swept awards for Conference USA women's basketball Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.

Mays, a transfer from the University of Kansas, was also an all-conference first team selection with averages of 18.6 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 steals per game.

She was ranked first in the conference for 3-point field goal percentage (41.0) and 3-point field goals per game (2.8).

East Carolina was picked for an 11th-place finish, but the Pirates captured the No. 2 seed for the C-USA tournament and Heather Macy was named as the Coach of the Year.

Sixth Player of the Year recognition went to SMU junior forward Kristine Mial who came off the bench in 19 games after missing the first 10 because of an injury. Mial averaged 9.3 points and 3.2 rebounds while making 19 steals.

Rice junior forward Jessica Kuster received the Defensive Player of the Year award. Kuster was the only conference player with double-figure averages for points (16.1) and rebounds (10.2). She was the league's leading rebounder.

Brihanna Jackson, a guard for the UCF Knights, was the conference Freshman of the Year with a 14.5 scoring average and 98 steals.

Voting for the awards was conducted among conference coaches, sports information directors and a media panel.

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