HURT EARNS SECOND STRAIGHT ASSOCIATED PRESS HONORABLE MENTION ALL-AMERICA HONOR
RICHMOND, Va. - For the second straight season, Virginia Commonwealth University senior forward Courtney Hurt (pictured) made a splash on the national scene, garnering Honorable Mention Associated Press All-America honors. On Tuesday, Hurt became the first player in school history to receive the award twice.
After a breakout junior campaign in 2010-11, Hurt continued to rewrite VCU's record book this season. She finished her four-year career as the Rams all-time leader in scoring (2,092), rebounding (1,243) and double-doubles (58), which are the most by any men's or women's player in school history. Hurt also holds program records for games played (131), field goals (770), and free throws (503). This year alone, she broke her own single season records in scoring (757), rebounding (430), rebounding average (13.1 rpg) and field goals (276).
For the second year in a row, Hurt led the nation in rebounding with 13.1 boards per game, while ranking ninth in the NCAA in scoring (22.3 ppg) and second in double-doubles (23). The senior received first team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors for the second year in a row, helping VCU become the only school in the league to place a player on the first team in each of the past five seasons.
Hurt passed Eric Maynor (1,953 points) on VCU's all-time scoring list in February, which includes both men's and women's programs. She became just the sixth player in conference history to score 2,000 career points, while also becoming the second player in program history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. The Conyers, Ga. native broke the school's 31-year-old single game scoring record with 40 points at UMKC on Nov. 19.
Hurt helped the Rams to one of their best four-year stints in program history, including postseason appearances each season and the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2008-09. During her career, the Rams averaged 22 wins per year and reached the third round of the Postseason WNIT on two occasions.