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Givens Garners Another Honor; Graduates Saturday

May 1, 2006 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee women's basketball player Chrissy Givens was named to the Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State Team on Sunday, but her biggest reward is yet to come.

Of all the accomplishments Givens reached in the 2005-06 season, the biggest for Givens and her family, will occur on Saturday, May 6. She will graduate with a degree in three years in Criminal Justice, becoming the second consecutive Blue Raider women's basketball player to graduate early.

Givens, who carries a 3.87 GPA, was honored for her on the court prowess and classroom success by being named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America Second Team. This was coupled with the junior from Monroe, Louisiana being just the second player in Sun Belt Conference history to win the trifecta; Sun Belt Player of the Year, Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year and Sun Belt Tournament MVP.

"When you start listing them like that, it really hits home what I was able to achieve this year," Givens said. "But more important it was what we were able to do as a team."

Givens was a big factor in Middle Tennessee winning its third-straight Sun Belt Tournament title. Besides the awards she collected, which included being named Sun Belt First Team, Givens also flirted with leading the nation in scoring. In the end, Givens closed out the season ranked eighth in the nation in scoring with 21.5 points per game. She was also ranked 12th in the nation in steals with 3.2 per game.

She also became just the fifth player in Middle Tennessee women's basketball history to score over 600 points, with 667 points. Givens was just five points shy of breaking the single season scoring record set by Tawanya Mucker who posted 671 points in the 1987-88 season.

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