Jan. 19, 2012
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today announced its monthly award winners for competitions held during the month of December. Catamount men's basketball redshirt senior Harouna Mutombo and women's basketball senior Kaila'Shea Menendez were recognized as the Male and Female Players of the Month, while women's basketball freshman guard Makensey Campbell was named the SAAC Student-Athlete Spotlight.
Each month a player in season will be chosen that has had the best statistics and biggest impact on the team. SAAC Player of the Month is presented to the male and female Student-Athlete is voted on by the SAAC members.
Mutombo led the team during December with a 15.9 point and 8.0 rebound per game average He paced the team in scoring in five of the seven games during the month of December with two double-doubles including 18 points and 12 rebounds in a five-point road loss to Purdue and 18 points and a career-best 13 rebounds in a home win over UNC Asheville. He scored 18-or-more points in five of the seven games and averaged 2.3 steals and 2.1 assists per game to pace the Catamounts during the month while averaging 33.1 minutes of play per game. At the end of December he was ranked 20th in school history with 1,299 career points.
Menendez, who was also named SAAC November Female Player of the Month, averaged 10 points per game in the month of November. She also scored a career-high 26 points against Chattanooga on December 19, 2011. She is currently chasing the 1,000 point plateau, with 983 points, needing just 17 points to reach 1,000.
Campbell completed her first semester at Western Carolina with a perfect 4.0 in Biology in the Honors College. She played an integral part for the team in December, scoring in double figures twice, including a then career-high 12 points. Right after the new year, Campbell bested her previous career-high with 18 points against USC Upstate, helping to lead the Catamounts to a 63-58 victory.