40  Rita Beckwith
Rita Beckwith

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Florence, Ala.

High School:
Waterloo HS

Last College:
Northwest Shoals CC

Height:
5-10

Position:
Forward

Birthdate:
09/19/1981

Experience:
1L

Major:
Business


2001-02: Fourth-leading scorer on the squad in her first season as a Lady Tiger...Averaged 6.4 points per game and played in 23 of the 28 games last season...Really emerged as a key offensive threat near the end of the season, scoring in double figures in six of the last 10 games of the season...Totaled a season-high 20 points against Louisville...Of her 20 points against the Cardinals, 12 of them were scored off treys...Candidate for Sixth Man of the Year honors in Conference USA...Led the squad in treys with 23...One of the most consistent Lady Tigers from the line, hitting 74 percent of her free-throw shots...Also hauled down 52 rebounds and forced 33 steals as a junior...Played 20 or more minutes in three of the final seven games of the season...Recorded a season-high six rebounds against North Texas...Honored with the Most Improved Award at the team banquet.

At NW Shoals CC: One of two junior college transfers who are expected to make in impact on the squad this season...Played the last two years at Northwest Shoals Community College in Muscle Shoals, Ala., under head coach Kristy Ward...Named a first-team all-American after leading her squad to a 27-9 overall record and a 15-1 conference record....Averaged 17.0 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game...Scored a career-high 35 points against Calhoun Community College...Also totaled 104 steals, 66 assists and 60 blocked shots in her final season at NWSCC...Was also named to the all-national tournament team after helping her squad to a seventh-place finish in the tournament...Highly decorated athlete at Northwest Shoals who was also named all-region, State Tournament MVP, Region XXII MVP, and all-state...Also a member of the all-star team...Helped Northwest to a 25-7 overall record and an 18-0 conference record in her first season and was named to the all-region and all-state tournament teams...Averaged 13.2 points and 6.4 rebounds as squad won the conference title and were runners up at the state tournament.

High School: Prepped at Waterloo High School for coach Mike Stamps where she averaged 28.1 points per game...Scored a career-high 41 points against Mt. Hope High School as a senior...Averaged 11.2 rebounds per game...Pulled down a career-high 21 rebounds against Courtland High School...Led the Cougars to a 20-10 record as a senior and was named the 1-A player of the year...Also honored as the team MVP after scoring 841 total points...A 46-percent shooter from the field and a 64-percent shooter from the free-throw line...Also recorded 152 steals and 122 blocked shots...Blocked a career-high seven shots against Clifton HS...Led her squad to a 26-6 record and a regional tournament appearance as a junior...Averaged 21.5 points and 9.7 rebounds per game, and was named the team MVP...Has also been honored as an all-state, all-area and all-county selection...Also a member of the FHA, the Student Council, 4-H Club, the FFA, the FBLA and SADD...Served as the Student Council president...Named a Who's Who Athletic.

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