Garrison, Edie Give Lady Bears Clean Sweep of Valley Honors



ST. LOUIS -- With a pair of career performances that helped the Missouri State Lady Bears to their fifth win of the 2009-10 season, Casey Garrison and Whitney Edie swept the Missouri Valley Conference weekly awards for the period December 7-13, the league office announced Monday. Garrison, who registered the first triple-double by a Valley player in six seasons, earned the circuit's player of the week honor for the second time in three weeks, while Edie picked up her first MVC Newcomer of the Week award.

The award is the seventh career weekly honor and the third MVC Player of the Week nod for Garrison. The Bolivar, Mo., native earned the award on Nov. 30 of this year, as well Jan. 19 of last season, when she swept both MVC weekly awards.

In the Lady Bears' lone contest of last week, Garrison became the first Valley player to record a triple-double since Creighton's Laura Spanheimer did so on Jan. 8, 2004, leading MSU to an 88-73 decision over Tulsa. Garrison, who finished with 11 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 13 assists, became just the second player in Missouri State history to record a triple-double, joining current MSU assistant coach Carly (Deer) Stubblefield, who accomplished the feat on Jan. 23, 1999, against Drake. Garrison's 13 assists set a JQH Arena single-game record, matched four other performances as the sixth-highest total in school history and helped MSU to its best single-game assist total (25) in four seasons.

Through the Lady Bears' first nine games of the season, Garrison leads the Missouri Valley Conference in assists (6.1 apg.), offensive rebounds (4.0 rpg.) and field goals made (38), while ranking second in overall scoring (18.6 ppg.) and minutes played (35.8 mpg.), third in rebounding (8.4 rpg.) and fourth in steals (2.8 spg.).

Edie turned in the best all-around performance of her collegiate career in the victory over Tulsa. The Exeter, Mo., product recorded a team and career-high 20 points in the win, which helped the Lady Bears improve to 5-3. Edie, who scored 17 points in the second half to help put the game out of reach, also pulled down six rebounds and went 6-of-11 from the field, including a 3-of-4 from three-point range, all of which represented new personal highs.

A freshman guard, Edie is averaging 5.3 points while shooting .500 from three-point range through the first eight games of the season.

Missouri State (5-3) will wrap up the home portion of the non-conference season Wednesday (Dec. 16) when they take on Murray State in a 7:05 p.m., contest at JQH Arena.



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