Mahnesmith named team MVP, banquet held to honor SMU women's basketball
Published: Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Updated: Tuesday, November 20, 2012 17:11
The women's basketball team hosted its annual banquet last Wednesday to announce the 2010-2011 team awards.
Head coach Rhonda Rompola and her staff gave out awards to six players.
First up was junior Samantha Mahnesmith, who was named MVP of the year for leading the team with an average of 11.3 points per game. Mahnesmith also finished in the top 10 in C-USA in three point percentage with 34.6 percent. She finished the season with 37 steals, second on the team.
Senior Haley Day was given the Mustang Award for constantly being an ideal member of the team both on and off the court. Day was also awarded this honor for always hustling, starting three years in a row and finishing the year with an average of 8.5 points per game and 863 total points.
Sophomore Alisha Filmore was awarded the Hustle Award.
The young point guard led the league from the three point range with 42.9 percent.
She averaged 8.3 points per game and 3.1 rebounds.
Filmore was most known for her ability on defense with 50 steals and the majority of her rebounds on the defense side.
Delisha Wills was recognized for the Heart Award for her love and determination for the game of basketball.
Wills missed out on what was supposed to be her last season last year due to a knee injury but didn't hesitate to take the court with leadership for another go around this year. She averaged 10.1 points per game and became the 18th player in SMU history to score at least 1,000 points in her career.
She was also awarded the Scholar-Baller Award for the Southwest Region due to her performance in the classroom.
She finished 12th in SMU standing with 1,260 points during her time as a Mustang.
Christine Elliott was given the Rebounding Award. Elliott, a junior from Wichita, Kan., totaled 213 rebounds this season that made her career total 682.
She also scored a season total of 305 points that put her at 932 for her total points.
Newcomer Akil Simpson earned the C-USA All-Freshman accolades.
Each member of the team was also awarded a letter including the managers, Isolina Rossi, Tiffany Hoffman and Shannon Blyth.