Curtis, Goff Selected As Finalists For Mississippi's Top Hoops Players

OXFORD, Miss. Ole Miss senior center Dwayne Curtis has been named a finalist for the Cellular South Howell Trophy while junior center Shawn Goff was selected as a finalist for the inaugural Cellular South Gillom Trophy, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum announced Monday. 

 

The awards are given annually to the top male and female basketball player in the state. 

 

Curtis, who was named All-SEC second team by the league coaches and the Associated Press and was a second-team All-District selection by the NABC, ranks second in the SEC in rebounding (9.5) and second on the team in scoring (15.1).

 

The Chicago native ranks fourth in the nation in both field-goal percentage and offensive rebounds per game. He tied for the SEC lead with nine double-doubles in conference play and ranks second with 16 double-doubles in all games.  The 16 double-doubles are the most by a Rebel since 1957. 

 

Goff, who started 28 of the 29 games in which she appeared, finished the season ranked first on the team and 10th in the SEC with 13.0 points per game.  She also ranked second on the team and 12th in the conference with 6.8 rebounds per game. In addition, Goff scored in double figures in all but five games this season, and finished the year second on the team with four double-doubles en route to being named All-SEC second team by the league coaches and Associated Press.

 

The Tallahassee, Fla., native ended the regular season first in the SEC and 23rd in the nation with 2.33 blocked shots per game.  During the course of the season, Goff recorded three blocked shots or more in a total of 16 games, including a career-high six rejections in the Lady Rebels’ 65-52 win over Miami.  Her six swats against the Hurricanes were tied for the second most blocked shots by any player in the SEC this season.  In addition, Goff set the single season school record with 67 blocks, surpassing Susan Byrd’s 60 rejections set during the 1993-94 season. 

 

The other Howell Trophy finalists include Mississippi State’s Jamont Gordon and Charles Rhodes, while the other Gillom trophy finalists include Pauline Love of Southern Miss and Delta State’s Jennifer Rushing.  The six finalists and their coaches are expected to be in attendance Monday March 31, 2008 when the 2008 trophy recipients are announced at the BancorpSouth Conference Center in Tupelo, Miss. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with the program to follow at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, contact the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum at 1-800-280-FAME (3263).

 

Earlier this year, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame & Museum announced the expansion of the Cellular South Outstanding Player Award Series to include the best player in Mississippi women’s college basketball and would bear the name of current Ole Miss associate head coach Peggie Gillom. 

 

Gillom, a 1998 Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame inductee, is only one of two players in Ole Miss history of either gender to score 2,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds during her career.  She is a former head coach at Texas A&M and assistant coach with the TEAM USA Olympic team (2000).  She served as an assistant coach with the WNBA champion Houston Comets and is currently an assistant at Ole Miss.  Gillom is a member of the Board of Directors for the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn.  The Gillom Sports Center at Ole Miss is home to the women’s soccer, softball and volleyball teams.  


 

 

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