UTM gals good sports
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2011 12:04 am
The Ohio Valley Con-ference women’s basketball champion UT Martin has gained more league hardware.
On Tuesday, the OVC announced the Skyhawk women as the recipient of the 2010-11 Team Sportsmanship Award for women’s basketball.
Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.
The 2010-11 school year marks the sixth year the team sportsmanship honors have been awarded. It is the first award for the Skyhawk women’s basketball program.
UT Martin compiled a 14-4 OVC record and earned the No. 2 seed in OVC Tournament. The Skyhawks would go on to top Tennessee Tech in the championship game to earn the program’s first berth in the NCAA Tournament. UTM finished the season 21-11 overall.
“This award is a great way to cap off the season,” said UT Martin head coach Kevin McMillan. “We hope this award is truly reflective of the way our team has acted all season. With 13 newcomers and only one senior, our players came together quickly and put their personal agendas to the side so they could focus on the team concept.
“You could not ask for a better example of sportsmanship than the way these ladies have carried themselves this season. I am extremely proud of the team and honored to be their coach.”
Implemented in August 2005, the team honors are the most recent addition to an awards program that recognizes and celebrates sportsmanship within the conference.
In 1998, the league established the Steve Hamilton Sportsmanship Award, presented annually to a male or female student-athlete of junior or senior status who best exemplifies the characteristics of the late Morehead State student-athlete, coach and administrator. Five years later, the Conference added the OVC SportsmanshipAward, presented annually to the member institution selected by its peers to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA.
“Without sportsmanship there are truly no meaningful victories,” said Beth DeBauche, OVC Commissioner. “The recipients of the OVC Team Sportsmanship awards should accept this award with great pride for their fellow competitors have made it clear their teams exemplify the best in intercollegiate athletics. In receiving this prestigious honor other competitors are saying these student-athletes compete with class, respect their opponents and value fair play. That is quite a compliment as those are all traits that will lead to true victories throughout the course of life.”