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UTM guard due again leads OVC pack

UTM guard due again leads OVC pack

Posted: Friday, March 8, 2013 12:00 pm

UT Martin’s Jasmine Newsome was named the 2012-13 Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in voting by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
Heather Butler, Newsome’s teammate, is also a repeat first-team selection.
Murray State’s Erika Sisk was selected as the Freshman of the Year while Coach of the Year honors went to Eastern Illinois’ Lee Buchanan.
On the men’s side, the OVC hs two players sharing the player of the year for just the fourth time in its 65-year history.
Murray State senior guard Isaiah Canaan and Belmont senior guard Ian Clark split the vote in balloting done by the league’s head coaches and sports information directors.
In additional voting, Clark also took home OVC Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Belmont head coach Rick Byrd was named OVC Coach of the Year and Austin Peay center Chris Horton was named OVC Freshman of the Year.
Newsome becomes the first player in league history to earn both the Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honor in the same season. It’s Newsome’s second-straight Player of the Year honor and her second overall Defensive Player of the Year award after winning it in 2010-11.
The first team All-OVC selection leads the league and ranks seventh in the nation with 21.9 points per game while putting up a conference-best 24.3 points each time out in OVC play.
Newsome tops the Conference with 3.13 steals per outing and 94 total swipes which also ranks 18th in the nation. She is second in the conference with 5.6 assists each time out so far this season.
Newsome has reached double-digits in scoring in all but one game and has hit the 30-plus point mark three times this season, including back-to-back 31-point efforts versus Tennessee State and Murray State.
The junior guard is second among OVC active players in career points (1,845), steals (231) and assists (491).
Butler leads the league and ranks eighth in the nation with 21.9 points per game. She is also eighth in the nation with 3.13 three-point field goals made per game.
Butler has made a three-pointer in 76 straight games which is an NCAA Division I record. She also became the first UT Martin player to score 2,000 points in his/her career.
No UTM players were named to the men’s team.

Published in The WCP 3.7.13

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