Alli Smalley Earns Top Honor At Auburn Women's Basketball Banquet
April 21, 2011
AUBURN - Senior Alli Smalley was named the Most Valuable Player at the Auburn Women's Basketball Awards Banquet Thursday at the Event Center Downtown in Opelika, Ala.
Smalley, an All-SEC First Team selection, led Auburn with 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game this season. She finished her career ranked eighth all-time at Auburn with 1,601 career points. She also set the Auburn record with 219 career 3-pointers.
"Alli has been such a pleasure to coach and it is so hard to believe that she is leaving us because I feel like I have known her forever," said Auburn head coach Nell Fortner. "She was a big-time player for us this season and throughout her career, always seeming to come up with the big-time shot. She will definitely be missed."
As a senior, she scored in double digits in 24 of 32 games, tallying a season-high 24 points against Kentucky on Feb. 27 - her final Auburn home game.
A native of Arab, Ala., Smalley led the Tigers to the second round of the WNIT in 2011, giving her three post-season appearances in her four years on the Plains.
Also taking home some hardware from the banquet was freshman Courtney Strain as she earned the "Eye of the Tiger" Award. The award is given to the athlete who is the total team player and who has strong work ethic both on and off the court.
Both awards are voted on by the players.
The 2010-11 Auburn women's basketball team put together a 16-16 season, finishing in a tie for fifth in the SEC with an 8-8 league mark. The Tigers advanced to their fourth postseason in the last five years by making the WNIT. Auburn defeated Tennessee Tech in the first round before falling to eventual WNIT champion Toledo in the second round.
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