March 1, 2004
Cullowhee, N.C. -
The Southern Conference released its coaches 2003-04 all-league team today with Western Carolina's junior guard Kevin Martin being named to the 10-member men's team and senior forward Tiffany Hamm selected to the 10-member women's team. Also, WCU freshman Erin May was voted to the SoCon Women's All-Freshman team by the league's coaches.
This marks the third consecutive year Martin has been named to the coaches 10-member team. The Zanesville, Ohio, native is just the second Catamount three-time All-SoCon honoree as Terry Boyd earned the nod in the 1991, '92 and '93 seasons. (Boyd was a two-time coaches selection in 1991 and '92 and a second team media pick in 1993).
Martin finished as the SoCon scoring champion for the second consecutive season and is currently second nationally with a 25.2 average. He has 1,820 career points to rank fourth on the WCU all-time list, while ranking as the top Catamount scorer since the school became an NCAA Division I member for the 1976-77 season. Martin is also the first SoCon player to lead the league in scoring for consecutive seasons since former Catamount and two-time SoCon Player of the Year Frankie King accomplished the feat in 1994 and '95. This year, Martin was a three-time SoCon Player of the Week honoree and was tabbed the SoCon Player of the Month for January of 2004.
This marks the second consecutive year Hamm has received the All-SoCon nod. She was additionally named the league's Player of the Year in 2003 and the Freshman of the Year in 2001, making her one of WCU's most accomplished players to date. The Harlan, Ky., native owns the WCU record for 3-point field goal percentage in a season after shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc during the 2001-02 season. She is currently sixth all-time in scoring with 1,379 career points as well as eighth in rebounding with 709 career boards. Hamm also appears on Western's single-season and career lists seven other times.
Hamm leads the team and the league in scoring with a 15.9 average as well as in defensive boards, grabbing 6.33 per contest. She also ranks second in overall rebounding (8.5), 11th in both field goal percentage (.465) and free throw percentage (.755), while ranking 14th in offensive rebounds (2.15). Hamm additionally leads the SoCon with nine double-doubles on the season and was twice named the league's Player of the Week.
May makes its four consecutive years that the WCU women's team has put a player on the five-member SoCon All-Freshman team. A Marion, N.C., native, May worked her way into the Catamount starting lineup for seven games this season and has averaged 3.9 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per contest in her first season with the team. She is currently tied for 13th in the conference in blocked shots, rejecting 0.52 per game (14 total).
The men's team, entering as the No. 5-seed from the SoCon North, will play SoCon South fourth-seed Furman in the opening game of the 2004 Southern Conference Championship. The Catamounts and Paladins will play Wednesday (Mar. 3) at the North Charleston (S.C.) Coliseum at Noon.
The Lady Cats enter as the sixth seed in this year's tournament and will face the 11th-seeded Wofford Terriers in the late game Wednesday night to start at approximately 7:30 pm at McAllister Field House on the campus of The Citadel.