Seniors Garrison and Phillips Earn MSU Year-End Accolades
2011-12 Outstanding Female Athlete Casey Garrison
2011-12 Outstanding Female Athlete Casey Garrison

June 25, 2012

SPRINGFIELD - Missouri State's final set of year-end honors were announced Monday (June 25) with the awarding of the 2011-12 Outstanding Female Athlete Award and the Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award.

Basketball great Casey Garrison (Sr., Bolivar, Mo.) was awarded the Outstanding Female Athlete Award, as voted on by Missouri State's nine women's head coaches. She is the first basketball player since Jackie Stiles (2001) to receive the honor, on a list of award winners that dates back to 1981 (see complete history below).

Garrison became just the sixth player in Missouri Valley Conference women's history to be named All-MVC first team four straight years while leading the Lady Bears in scoring (15.7) and assists (4.2). She piloted MSU to a 24-9 overall record, the MVC regular-season championship and a trip to the WNIT for the third straight year.

She closed out her landmark career with 2,271 points to rank third in MVC history and second in MSU history behind Stiles. The 2010 MVC Player of the Year also ranks 13th in NCAA history with 118 double-figure scoring games and sits in the top ten of 15 MSU career statistical categories and in the top 13 on six MVC career lists.

Other finalists for the 2011-12 Outstanding Female Athlete Award were: field hockey standout Casey Bayliss (Sr., Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia); NCAA triple jump All-American Kimsue Grant (Jr., Arlington, Va.); four-time All-MVC volleyballer Calli Norman (Sr., St. Charles, Mo.); MVC Swimmer of the Year Renata Sander (So., Belo Horizonte, Brazil); sensational soccer goal keeper Jessica Teahan (Sr., Lenexa, Kan.); and highly-touted golfer Kelsey Welber (Sr., Plano, Texas).



Distance specialist Terry Phillips (Sr., Kansas City, Mo.), is the winner of the 2012 Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete Award. The award is presented annually to the graduating female student-athlete with the highest cumulative grade-point average.

Phillips, who completed her undergraduate degree in December with a cumulative 3.99 grade point average in Chemistry, had a decorated career competing for the Bears in both cross country and track & field. She won individual conference championships in cross country and the indoor 3,000-meter run while earning All-MVC honors six times. Phillips is the MSU record holder in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was an NCAA Division I national qualifier in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2009 Outdoor Track & Field Championships and recorded a 20th place finish.

In the classroom, she was a two-time Prairie Farms-MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Week, a two-time member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team, and earned CoSIDA Academic All-America second team honors in 2010.

Missouri State Outstanding Female Athlete Award
•1981    Stephanie Dutton, field hockey
•1982    Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball
•1983    Lynne Strubberg, basketball
•1984    Jeanette Tendai, basketball
•1985    Kim Schwaab, field hockey
•1986    Terri Whitmarsh, softball
•1987    Kathy Crotty, volleyball
•1988    Marjorie DeMarino, field hockey
•1989    Mindy Struckhoff, volleyball
•1990    Susan Ruch, volleyball
•1991    LaWaynta Dawson, basketball
•1992    Barb Gaines, softball
•1993    Barb Gaines, softball
•1994    Melody Howard, basketball
              Kellie Becher, softball
•1995    Melinda Sallins, track and field
•1996    Melinda Sallins, track and field
•1997    Michelle Baptiste, track and field
•1998    Lisa Davies, basketball
•1999    Verneta Lesforis, track and field
•2000    Jackie Stiles, basketball
•2001    Jackie Stiles, basketball
•2002    Cheasa Gibson, track and field
•2003    Courtney Phillips, swimming & diving
•2004    Cheasa Gibson, track and field
•2005    Casey Owens, track and cross country
•2006    Tracy Partain, track and field
•2007    Sally Hinton, golf
•2008    Missy Linnens, golf
•2009    Jordan Hawkins, swimming & diving
•2010    Samantha Aguilar, soccer
•2011    Chelsea Dirks-Ham, swimming & diving
              Kelley Michnowicz, volleyball
•2012    Casey Garrison, basketball

Dr. Mary Jo Wynn Senior Female Scholar-Athlete
•1981    Diane Linneman, basketball
•1982    Stephanie Dutton, field hockey
•1983    Jennifer Seveland Box, volleyball
              Diane Busenbark, cross country
•1984    Mandy Charles, track
•1985    Maureen Manda, volleyball
•1986    Lisa Einheuser, cross country and track
•1987    Marla Douglass, basketball
•1988    Julie Warren, volleyball
•1989    Mandy Struckhoff, volleyball
•1990    Pat Stock, volleyball
•1991    Karen Heman, field hockey
•1992    Charity Shira, basketball
•1993    JanaRae Abram, tennis
•1994    Melody Howard, basketball
•1995    Linda Shipton, field hockey
•1996    Jodie Schurle, track & field
•1997    Alissa Donaldson, field hockey and soccer
•1998    Michelle Witzke, volleyball
•1999    Cheryl Haslag, cross country and track
              Lisa Davies, basketball
•2000    Lani Kim, volleyball
•2001    Jessica Gorham, softball
•2002    Erica Adams, swimming
•2003    Rhonda Allen, cross country and track
•2004    Mary Litvan, soccer
•2005    Karen Hymer, soccer
•2006    Sarah Klaassen, basketball
•2007    Melissa Behr, field hockey
•2008    Carrie Vestal, cross country and track
•2009    Cara Belcher, swimming & diving
•2010    Chelsea Ray, swimming & diving
•2011    Katharina Voelkel, swimming & diving
•2012    Terry Phillips, cross country and track

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