Feb. 8, 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 January.
Catamount men's basketball sophomore Trey Sumler and women's basketball's Ali Lane were recognized as the Male and Female Players of the Month. There was a tie this month for SAAC Student-Athlete Spotlight between men's basketball's Tawaski King and women's golf's Rachel Nelson.
For the month of January point guard Sumler led the Catamounts averaging 15 points per game, scoring in double figures in eight of the nine games played in the month. He also averaged 4.2 rebounds per game. Sumler dished out 34 assists in the nine games, averaging 3.7 assists per game.
Lane is playing significant minutes, and has earned a spot as a starter for the Catamounts, at the two and the point guard position. She averaged 4.8 points per game in January, adding eight points in the Catamounts' first Southern Conference win of the season, a 62-29 victory over UNCG on January 7. She had 13 steals in the month, averaging 1.4 steals per game.
The Spotlight Student-Athlete of the month is usually only given to one Catamount. However, because of all the two athletes have done for their teams there was a tie in the SAAC voting. And instead of splitting the award the committee decided to just choose both of them, so Nelson and King were honored.
Nelson is a model student-athlete and a leader on the women's golf team. In the fall of 2011 she earened a 4.0 GPA and her cumulative GPA is currently 3.768. She will graduate in May with a degree in Nutrition/Dietetics. Recently she was informed she had earned a spot with the highly competitive WCU Dietetic Internship. Nelson has already volunteered numerous hours of her time with different hospitals. She continues to improve her golf game as well. Her current scoring average of 77.09 ranks her 14th in the Southern Conference and is her WCU career best.
King, a sophomore for men's basketball, leads his team in pregame and post-game prayer. Head Men's Basketball Coach Larry Hunter noted King is valued based, cares for others and has a great personality.