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SAAC Hands Out Monthly Awards for February

March 14, 2012

CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today announced men's basketball player Keaton Cole and softball's Erin Foster as the Male and Female SAAC Players of the Month for February. Also, softball's Bekah Burkettwas named SAAC Spotlight Athlete for February.

Cole led the men's basketball team during the month of February averaging 15.2 points per game, hitting double figures in all but two games during the month. He just missed double digits by one with nine on his senior day in a home win over Appalachian State.

Cole averaged nearly two assists and 1.6 steals per game during the same span and shot 42-percent from the floor and 43.9-percent from long-range, hitting 36 3-pointers during the month - his previous career-high for a single-season was 39 prior to this year. He averaged 4.5 made 3-pointers during the month and scored a career-high 28 points in the home win over Samford, hitting a career-best nine 3-pointers on 9-of-12 (75%) shooting from beyond the arc.

Foster hit .317 for the month of February. She had four multiple hit performances, including going 3-for-4 in the 5-4 extra inning win over Florida A&M. In the extra inning, 11-10, win over ETSU, Foster drove in one run, on an RBI single, and tied the game at 10 pushing the game to a ninth inning, as WCU eventually won the game in the ninth. Foster hit two homeruns in the 5-4 win over Marist on February 24. For the month, Foster she had 13 hits, scored 10 runs, knocked in 11 RBI, had three doubles, two triples, which vaulted her to first for triples in a career in the WCU record books, and also had three homeruns.

Burkett was honored at the SAAC Spotlight Athlete for February for her strong leadership skills and willingness to volunteer whenever needed. Head Softball Coach Jim Cliftsites she is always the first to volunteer for bullpen catching and is always positive and encouraging. She has a diligent work ethic in the weight room and is also a stellar student in the classroom, recording straight "A's" in the fall 2011 semester. The SAAC monthly awards are now officially closed and all winners over the course of the previous months are now in the running for SAAC Male Player of the Year, SAAC Female Athlete of the Year and SAAC Spotlight Athlete of the Year.


Male: George Richardson

Female: Samantha Hodge

Spotlight: Janae McKinner


Male: J.T. Poston

Female: Mara Smith

Spotlight: Caitlin Hollifield


Male: George Richardson

Female:Kaila'Shea Menendez

Spotlight: Chris Everett 


Male: Harouna Mutombo

Female: Kaila'Shea Menendez

Spotlight: Makensey Campbell


Male: Trey Sumler

Female: Ali Lane

Spotlight: Rachel Nelson & Tawaski King


Male: Keaton Cole

Female: Erin Foster

Spotlight: Bekah Burkett