Clark named as Sun Belt's top female student-athlete

Second women's basketball player in four years to receive honor

May 26, 2010 · Athletic Communications

NEW ORLEANS - Former Middle Tennessee women's basketball All-American Alysha Clark was selected as the 2010 Sun Belt Female Student-Athlete of the Year it was announced by the league office Tuesday night at the annual spring meetings in Destin, Fla.

The Mt. Juliet, Tenn., product is the fourth overall Blue Raider to be named the league's top student-athlete, and just the second women's basketball player, since MT joined the conference in 2000-01. Chrissy Givens also was presented with the accolade in 2007.

Clark finished 2009-10 as the nation's leading scorer for the second-straight campaign with a Sun Belt and school-record 28.3 points per game average after leading Middle Tennessee to a 25-6 record and NCAA Tournament berth after capturing the Sun Belt Championship. She netted a record 132 points in the three games of the league tournament, including the winning basket with 1.8 seconds left in overtime, to give the Blue Raiders the title over top-seeded UALR.

She became the first player in school history to garner All-America honors in more than one season when seven different organizations placed her on their respective lists at the conclusion of the campaign. She was tabbed a finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy and John R. Wooden Award, both presented to the nation's top player, and was also among the final 10 in contention for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Clark then was chosen 17th overall by the San Antonio Silver Stars in the WNBA Draft, becoming the third Blue Raider to be picked by the professional league in the last four years.

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