Kendra Reed named Female Student-Athlete of the Year at USM

By Jeff Shepard - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS (Southern Miss Media Relations)  - Kendra Reed of women's basketball and Paul Apyan of men's golf were named the University of Southern Mississippi Female and Male Student-Athlete of the Year, respectively, at the school's annual Academic Honors Program Monday night at the Thad Cochran Center.

Reed, who recently was chosen for the C-USA Spirit of Service Award, was inducted last month into the University of Southern Mississippi 2009 Hall of Fame for her performance on the court, in the classroom and in the community. The biological sciences major tallied numerous academic awards while also taking part in a number of honor societies on campus. Reed also contributed to her community by working science and basketball camps for children and helping to raise literacy awareness in Hattiesburg.

Reed, of Bay St. Louis, Miss., played and started in 126 consecutive games in her four-year career, finished her career sixth in scoring with 1,537 points. She played more minutes (4,051) than any other Golden Eagle in her women's basketball career.

She finished her career tops at the school in free-throw percentage (.859) and second in career 3-point goals made (200), attempted (525) and percentage (.381). Her final scoring average was 12.2 points per contest which is 14th overall in school history. The three-time C-USA All-Academic honoree was Co-Freshman of the Year in the league in 2006. She also garnered second and third team honors by the conference during her playing days.

Apyan, a Chattanooga, Tenn., native was a four-time C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll recipient, as well as earning Dean's List and Athletic Director Honor Roll on several occasions. In 2007, Apyan was awarded the C-USA Academic Medal.

The redshirt junior has played in 84 rounds over his career and has averaged 74.4 strokes per round. During the 2008-09 campaign, Apyan averaged 74.2 strokes per round and enjoyed his best finish of the year in the season opener at the Aldila Intercollegiate in his hometown of Chattanooga.

Last season, Apyan tallied a third-place tie in the Conference USA Championship to earn all-tournament honors.

The women's volleyball team garnered the Team Academic Award by posting a 3.50 grade point average as a unit.

Other recognitions included the 113 Southern Miss student-athletes who were honored for making the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll and the 26 that distinguished themselves by winning the C-USA Academic Medal.