April 19, 2012

HURT NAMED VaSID WOMEN’S BASKETBALL STATE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

RICHMOND, Va. – Senior forward Courtney Hurt continues to receive recognition on the heels of perhaps the greatest career in VCU women's basketball history.  Hurt added to her postseason awards Wednesday night when she was named Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division State Player of the Year.  She was a first team honoree in 2010-11.

The award marks Hurt's second state player of the year honor this season as she was also recognized by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  In addition, Hurt received her second straight Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America citation to go along with First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association honors during both her junior and senior campaigns.

Hurt, who was selected by the Indiana Fever in the third round of Monday's WNBA Draft, finished her four-year VCU career as the program's all-time leader in scoring (2,092), rebounding (1,243), double-doubles (58), games played (131), field goals (770), free throws (503) and minutes played (3,694).  Even more impressive, her career scoring, rebounding and double-double totals are the most by any VCU men's or women's player in school history.  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).  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.


2011-12 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID)
University Division All-State Women's Basketball Team

First Team
Courtney Hurt, VCU
Devon Brown, Liberty
Taleia Moton, George Mason
Abby Oliver, Richmond
Jericka Jenkins, Hampton

Second Team
Ariana Moorer, Virginia
Avery Warley, Liberty
Tarik Hislop, James Madison
Tia Lewis, Old Dominion
Da'Naria Erwin Spencer, Radford

Player of the Year
Courtney Hurt, VCU

Rookie of the Year
Reagan Miller, Liberty

Coach of the Year
Kenny Brooks, James Madison

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