March 5, 2013
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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - A pair of Tigers picked up honors from the Southeastern Conference Tuesday as sophomore Hasina Muhammad was named to the All-SEC Second Team and senior Blanche Alverson was named the women's basketball SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. For Alverson, it marks the second year in a row for her to earn the league's highest women's basketball academic honor.
Muhammad, a native of Memphis, Tenn., is Auburn's first All-SEC selection since Alli Smalley earned first-team honors in 2011. Muhammad leads the team and ranks sixth in the SEC with 14.7 points per game. She also averages 5.0 rebounds, 2.3 steals and a team-high 1.3 blocks per game this season.
Her 425 points this year are tied with Becky Jackson for eighth all-time at Auburn among sophomores. Her 67 steals are sixth at Auburn among sophomores and her 38 blocks are eighth.
She scored a career-high 24 points on Jan. 6 at Missouri and pulled down a career-high 10 rebounds on Dec. 12 at George Washington. She also tallied her first career double-double at GW as she scored 21 points with nine steals. Her nine steals against the Colonials are tied for fourth all-time at Auburn.
Alverson, a native of Andalusia, Ala., has a 3.6 cumulative grade-point average in biomedical sciences/pre-med and is a three-time selection to the Capital One Academic All-District Team. She is a member of the Order of Omega, Spade Honor Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Mortar Board, Chi Alpha Sigma, Cardinal Key, Delta Epsilon Iota, Squires, Lambda Sigma, Phi Eta Sigma and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies.
She was also named Auburn's 2012 Miss Homecoming and has been recognized by the SEC and as a member of the inaugural Allstate WBCA Good Works Team for starting her own community service program, Ballin' For Books.
On the court, Alverson is averaging 12.6 points and a team-high 5.9 rebounds. 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 in rebounding with 568. She also ranks second all-time at Auburn with 202 career 3-pointers.
Auburn (16-13, 5-11 SEC) will return to the court at 7:30 p.m. CT, Thursday against LSU (19-10, 10-6 SEC) in the second round of the SEC Tournament at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga. The game will air live on SportSouth and on ESPN3.com.