UALR's Reed, Butler and Foley Earn Top Sun Belt Conference Women's Awards

by Chris Bahn  on Thursday, Mar. 3, 2011 10:52 am  

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Senior Chastity Reed earned Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, while senior Shanika Butler received Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Year accolades as the 2011 All-Sun Belt Conference women’s basketball team was released today. Head coach Joe Foley earned Sun Belt Coach of the Year for the second-straight season, while Reed and Butler also were named to the All-Sun Belt first team and second team respectively.

“These are two kids that are really deserving of these awards,” said Foley. “Both of their careers have led up to this point.”

Reed, a 6-1 forward, became the first UALR women’s basketball player to garner Player of the Year honors after leading the Trojans and the Sun Belt in scoring averaging 19.2 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounds averaging 6.4 per game and has recorded 72 assists, 52 steals, and 20 blocks this season. Nationally, she is ranked 18th in the nation in scoring.

The New Orleans, La.-native earned her third-straight first team All-Sun Belt accolade. Reed currently holds the UALR career record for scoring with 2,119 points and for rebounds with 875. She also holds six other career records for the Trojans.

This season the 2010 Sun Belt Preseason Player of the Year became the first female or male UALR basketball player to surpass 2,000 career points.

Butler, a 5-7 guard, became the first UALR women’s basketball player to garner Defensive Player of the Year honors after leading the Trojans in steals with 56, averaging 2.3 per game, and being ranked second in the Sun Belt in that category. She is also ranked overall in the Sun Belt third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.1) and first in conference games (2.9). Nationally, she is ranked 21st in the nation in assist-to-turnover ratio, 55th in assists, and 88th in steals.

The St. Louis, Mo.-native earned her first All-Sun Belt Conference accolade with second team honors averaging 7.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. Butler has totaled 620 points, 426 rebounds, 332 assists, and 187 steals in her career for the Trojans.

The duo of Reed and Butler become the ninth pair from the same institution to earn both Player and Defensive Player of the Year honors in the same season. This is the third-straight year that one school has swept both.

Foley earned his second straight Coach of the Year honor after leading the Trojans to the team’s fourth-straight Sun Belt West Division title and fifth-straight 20-win season. He also recorded his 600th career victory with a win over Arkansas State on January 29, 2011.

Foley has recorded 150 wins at UALR and 606 career victories. This is his 11th career Coach of the Year honor. He earned nine Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference and Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year honors at Arkansas Tech.

Foley becomes the first head coach since Brian Boyer during the 2004-05 season to repeat as Coach of the Year. Leon Barmore holds the record for consecutive Coach of the Year titles with four from 1995-96 through 1998-99 with Louisiana Tech.

The UALR women’s basketball team opens Sun Belt Conference tournament action on Sunday, March 6. With the first round bye, the Trojans will face either Louisiana-Lafayette or South Alabama at 2:15 p.m. at Summit Arena in Hot Springs.



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