Feb. 29, 2012
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A pair of Tigers picked up honors from the Southeastern Conference Wednesday as Hasina Muhammad was named to the All-Freshman Team and junior Blanche Alverson was named the women's basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Alverson, a native of Andalusia, Ala., has a 3.68 cumulative grade-point average in biomedical sciences/pre-med and is a two-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. She is a member of Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, as well as Omicron Delta Kappa and the Order of Omega. Alverson has also been selected as a member of Cardinal T, honoring the top 40 juniors on Auburn's campus, and Mortar Board, a community service honor society.
On the court, Alverson is averaging 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game and is second in the SEC in 3-point percentage at 41.4 percent. She has 53 treys on the season, a career-high, and ranks eighth all-time at Auburn in single-season 3-pointers.
Muhammad, a native of Memphis, Tenn., is Auburn's first SEC All-Freshman Team selection since Morgan Toles was picked in 2010. Muhammad is averaging 9.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game and ranks 14th in the SEC with 1.0 blocks per game. Her 27 blocks this season tie for seventh all-time at Auburn among freshmen.
She has twice set her career high of 19 points, against Troy and most-recently against Ole Miss in the regular-season finale. She also tallied six steals in the win over Ole Miss, a mark that ties for 10th all-time at Auburn in single-game steals.
Auburn (13-16, 5-11 SEC) will return to the court at 12 p.m., Thursday against Florida (18-11, 8-8 SEC) in the first round of the SEC Tournament at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The game will air live on SportSouth and on WatchESPN.com.