Lady Bears Hand out Season Honors at 2010-11 Awards Ceremony
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Fresh off of a 24-win season and their second consecutive postseason appearance, the Missouri State Lady Bears took time to celebrate the 2010-11 campaign with their annual postseason awards ceremony Sunday at JQH Arena. Three Lady Bears took home the top team honors, as Karly Buer and Aly Stock shared the Lady Bear Prestige Award, while Casey Garrison was named team MVP for the third consecutive year.
Garrison became just the 18th three-time All-Missouri Valley Conference First-Team honoree in league history in leading the Lady Bears to a second-place MVC finish and their second straight Postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance. Garrison racked up four Valley Player of the Week honors this season, and her .898 free throw percentage ranked fifth among all Division I players.
The reigning MVC Player of the Year, Garrison led the Lady Bears in scoring (18.2 ppg) and assists (3.8 apg), ranking second and fourth in the conference, respectively. The Bolivar, Mo., product rated among the Valley's top 10 individuals in three-point field goal percentage (2nd), assist-turnover ratio (3rd), steals (7th), minutes-played (8th) and offensive rebounding (9th). Furthermore, her streak of 37 consecutive free throws made (Dec. 5-Jan. 21) represented the fifth-longest in MVC history.
Buer and Stock become just the third and fourth Missouri State underclassman to receive the Lady Bear Prestige Award, which is given to the player exhibiting the most desire, determination and dedication. The duo was tabbed for the honor in a vote of their teammates and coaches and follows Lacey Boshe's selection for the same award last year as a sophomore. Additionally, Buer is only the second MSU freshman to earn the honor, joining Amy Nelson (1989) on that elite list.
For the fourth straight year, a Lady Bear earned a spot on the conference's All-Freshman Team, as Buer picked up that honor after starting 25 of MSU's 35 contests and averaging 5.1 points and 1.4 assists per outing. A Concordia, Kan., native, she posted the third-highest assist total (48) on the club and connected on 41 percent of her field goal attempts during her rookie campaign. Buer also excelled in the classroom, registering a 3.95 grade-point average through the fall semester.
In addition to her work on the court and in the classroom, Stock was honored for her leadership and positive influence, both on her teammates and in the Missouri State community as a whole. The sophomore from Nixa, Mo., was limited to just 17 games due to injury this season, but provided a much-needed spark off the bench in several key contests. Furthermore, the special education major has been a leader in the classroom throughout her MSU career, posting a 3.12 cumulative GPA through the fall semester.
Missouri State's all-conference honorees, including Boshe and sophomore Christiana Shorter, were also recognized for their achievements Sunday. Boshe, a Marshfield, Mo., native, picked up second-team MVC Scholar-Athlete honors for the second consecutive year, as well as CoSIDA Academic All-District first-team recognition after maintaining her perfect 4.0 GPA in cell and molecular biology and Spanish.
The Lady Bears top scoring threat on the interior, Shorter was named to the Valley's second team after leads the MVC in offensive rebounding (3.3 rpg), while ranking second in total rebounding (8.2 rpg) and 12th in scoring (12.4 ppg). The Tulsa, Okla., product, who was named MVC Player of the Week for the first time in her career on January 24, posted six of her nine double-doubles this year during conference play.
The Lady Bears of fourth-year head coach Nyla Milleson posted their best win total in six years, compiling a 24-11 record en route to second-place Missouri Valley Conference regular-season and tournament finishes and a second straight Women's National Invitation Tournament appearance.