March 4, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM - Auburn senior Blanche Alverson has been named to the 2013 Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Community Service Team, the league announced Monday. Alverson earns the honor for the third year in a row.
This marks the 15th year for the SEC Community Service Team for women's basketball as well as for men's basketball. All league-sponsored sports have had a Community Service Team since 2004, with at-large teams for men's and women's sports being chosen from 1999-2003. The SEC began this concept with a football Community Service Team in 1994.
Alverson, also a member of the inaugural AllState WBCA Good Works Team, created her own community service program, Ballin' For Books, last year that has since collected more than 2,000 books for area reading programs. Donations collected at this year's Ballin' For Books games will be given to the Pine Hills Literacy Project and the Hudson Family Foundation.
She has also participated in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program and collected food as part of the Auburn United Methodist Church Food Pantry.
A native of Andalusia, Ala., Alverson is third on the team with 12.6 points per game and leads the team with 5.9 rebounds per game. Earlier this season she became just the fourth Auburn player ever to tally 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 100 assists, 100 steals and 50 blocks in their career. She currently ranks 22nd all-time at Auburn in scoring with 1,182 points and is 23rd with 568 rebounds.
Alverson is also one of the most prolific outside shooters in Auburn history, ranking second all-time at Auburn with 202 career 3-pointers. She is just the second Auburn player ever to tally 200 career 3-pointers and is the 33rd SEC player ever to do so.
Others on the SEC Women's Basketball Community Service Team are Meghan Perkins (Alabama), Erin Gatling (Arkansas), Jaterra Bonds (Florida), Jasmine James (Georgia), Kastine Evans (Kentucky), Jeanne Kenney (LSU), Maggie McFerrin (Ole Miss), Candace Foster (Mississippi State), Liz Smith (Missouri), Ieasia Walker (South Carolina), Taber Spani (Tennessee), Kristi Bellock (Texas A&M) and Gabby Smith (Vanderbilt).
The Tigers will return to the court at 7:30 p.m. CT, Thursday in the second round of the SEC Tournament in Duluth, Ga. Auburn, the No. 11 seed, will face sixth-seeded LSU. The game will air live on SportSouth.