Lady Rebel Team Awards Announced
March 12, 2012
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The UNLV women's basketball team held its annual Senior Celebration on Sunday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center. Several Lady Rebels were given season awards, while players that earned a spot on the school's dean's list were also recognized. All four seniors spoke, and thanked the staff, their teammates and the fans for supporting them throughout their careers.
The Lady Rebel award was given to senior forward Jamie Smith, who became the school and Mountain West conference career rebounder during her final year. She also reached the 1,000 career mark in both points and rebounds during her career.
Junior guard Kelli Thompson was handed the Leadership award. Thompson paced the Lady Rebels in scoring for a second straight year, and also ranked among the league leaders in assists and steals.
Junior guard Mia Bell received the Clutch award. The Las Vegas native hit three game-winning shots for UNLV this season, including a buzzer-beater at UC Santa Barbara.
The Defense award went to senior Lenita Sanford. A first-team All-Mountain West selection, Sanford is ranked in the top 30 in the nation in blocks, and is also in the top 15 in the MW in rebounding and steals.
Sandrine Nzeukou, a senior forward, was handed the Consistency award. Nzeukou started 30 of 31 games this season, and was in the top five on the team in both scoring and rebounding.
The final award was the 6th Man, and that went to senior center Markiell Styles. She came off the bench in 21 games while starting another eight, and was one of the top offensive rebounders in the conference while also posting career-highs in scoring and rebounding.
UNLV posted its best regular season in eight years, and currently stand at 22-9 on the year. Thanks to its second-place regular season finish in the Mountain West at 10-4, the Lady Rebels receive the league's automatic bid to the WNIT, and will learn its first postseason opponent on Monday night when the full brackets are released. This will be the first postseason trip for UNLV since the 2003-04 season, and its ninth appearance in the WNIT.