Several Lady Tigers Honored at Team Banquet
April 27, 2003
MEMPHIS, TENN. - University of Memphis senior center Shannon Hamp was tabbed as the team's Most Outstanding Player at the annual team banquet held at the Kemmons Wilson School of Hospitality and Resort Management on the U of M campus Sunday.
Hamp, a three-time all-Conference USA honoree, led the Lady Tigers in scoring and rebounding this season with an average of 16.1 points and 5.6 rebounds a game. She was the only Lady Tiger to start in all 28 games, and two games into the season became just the 15th women's basketball player in school history to score more than 1,000 career points. Hamp was named to the C-USA third-team as a senior, and was also listed as the MVP of the Lady Tiger Classic and was an all-tournament member at the University of New Mexico tournament. She was also presented the Offensive Award at the banquet.
McFadyen started 16 of 20 games this season, missing several contests after breaking her hand in the season-opener against Austin Peay State. McFadyen ranked second for the Lady Tigers in assists with 66, and was third in steals with 46. She also hauled in 19 boards as a point guard. Sullivan, who started 24 of 28 games this season averaged 2.7 rebounds a game, including hauling in 49 defensive boards. She also totaled 34 steals and 44 assists.
Sophomore Victoria Crawford received the Most Improved Player award after becoming the third-leading scorer for the Lady Tigers one year after averaging 5.8 points per game as a freshman. Crawford averaged 8.3 points per game this season, and also led Memphis in steals with 54. In seven of the last eight games of the season, Crawford scored in double digits, including a career-high 26 points against Louisville. Crawford also totaled a career-high 11 rebounds midway through the season against Tulane.
The Sixth Man Award was presented to freshman point guard Tamika Butler, who started in nine of the 28 games this season. The sixth-leading scorer on the squad, Butler averaged 4.6 points per game. Typically the first player off the bench, Butler averaged 17.4 minutes per contest and led the squad in assists with 77. She hit 19 treys to rank second on the squad, and scored 10 or more points in five games. Her career high for scoring was 18, which she accomplished at home against South Florida.
Junior Kaneshi Hart was honored with the Lady Tiger Award, which is presented to the player who displays the most dedication on and off the court. Hart has chosen to forgo her final season in a Lady Tiger uniform in order to attend graduate school next year since she will graduate in August. Hart has been on the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for two years, and totals four semesters of a grade point average of 3.0 or higher. On the court, Hart averaged 3.3 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. She started 13 of the 28 games this season, averaging 13.8 minutes per game.
Junior Princess Swilley received the Iron Tiger Award. Swilley played the entire season in a brace with chronic shoulder problems that required surgery upon the completion of the season. One of the hardest workers on the team, Swilley is currently in rehabilitation with team trainer Mike Rodrigues, and is expected to hit the court for full activity this fall. She was the second-leading scorer this season, averaging 10.2 points per game. Rarely given more than a quick breath on the sidelines during the game, Swilley averaged a team-high 33.2 minutes per game, and played more than 30 minutes in 20 games. One of just two players to average a positive assist-turnover ratio, Swilley totaled 62 assists and 48 turnovers. She was also second on the team in steals with 47.