POSTED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 7:04pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 7, 2011 - 8:09pm
UTEP junior forward Gloria Brown has secured two of the six major individual Conference USA women’s basketball awards, as announced by the league office Monday afternoon. The transfer from Trinity Valley Community College was named the 2011 C-USA Newcomer of the Year, while also being voted as the 2011 C-USA Sixth Player of the Year.
Brown, who was tabbed to the All C-USA second team on March 6, becomes the third Miner (Jareica Hughes, 2006-07 & Natasha Lacy, 2007-08) to claim the conference’s distinction for top newcomer.
She enjoyed a stellar 2010-11 regular season, rating amongst the league leaders for several key categories. They include field-goal percentage (54.6, 2nd), blocked shots (2.1, 2nd), free-throw percentage (80.6, 3rd), offensive boards per game (3.0, 7th), rebounds per game (7.1, 10th), defensive rebounds per game (4.1, 13th) and points per game (12.1, 15th).
The Philadelphia, Pa., native paces UTEP in each of those areas, along with double-doubles (seven), free-throws made (87) and attempted (108). Her overall performance proved crucial in her being chosen as the C-USA Newcomer of the Year, and it was the way she racked up the stats that led to her reeling in the C-USA Sixth Player of the Year accolade.
Brown appeared in all 28 games for the Miners during the regular season, but made her presence felt as a reserve. She earned 18.1 minutes per game while contributing across the board but never started a game.
Brown and the rest of the Miners will return to action when they renew their rivalry with SMU in the opening-round of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Championships at 7:30 p.m. MST inside historic Memorial Gym on Wednesday. The Miners (15-13, 7-9 C-USA) are seeded ninth. They will be facing the No. 8 seed Mustangs (14-15, 7-9 C-USA) for the second time in the past week-and-a half and third occasion overall on the year.
All-session ticket passes to the tournament may be purchased for as low as $80, which will afford fans entry to 22 total games (men's & women's). Please call (915) 747-6150 for all ticket orders and inquiries.