News from MSU Media Relations--April 24

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Women's Basketball
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The Mississippi State Women's Basketball team put the finishing touches on the 2005-06 campaign with the annual awards banquet held Monday night at the Hunter Henry Center on the MSU campus.

Freshmen guard Marneshia Richard nabbed three awards on the evening. The Lamar, Miss., rookie was awarded the Coaches Award, best field goal percentage award (45%) and claimed the Assists Award with 68 dish outs during the campaign. Richard posted a career-high 14 points in State's SEC Tournament opening-round game versus Florida on March 2.

Freshman All-SEC honoree Robin Porter garnered the field goal percentage award along with the Best Rebounder on the squad. Porter led the Lady Bulldogs in scoring with a 10.6 clip. The Abbeville, Ala. product started all 28 games and ranked 14th in the nation among NCAA Division I Freshmen leaders in games played. She pulled down 168 boards which rank's ninth on MState's all-time freshmen season rebounds list.

Miayorka Johnson was awarded with the Most Improved Player Award for the 2005-06 season. The sophomore from Ripley, Miss., registered 21 points and six rebounds against Florida in the SEC Tourney in North Little Rock, Ark. She scored in double figures in 11 ballgames and posted a double-double in the first meeting with the Gators of UF.

Seniors Blessing Chekwa and Mamie McKinney each received a post-season award. Chekwa was honored with the Defensive Player Award, while McKinney claimed the Most Deflections Award. Chekwa career numbers include 107 games played and 48 starts. McKinney finished her four-year stint claiming 71 blocked shots, ranking her fourth on the school's all-time career chart.

The Sonny Mullins Community Service Award recipient for 2005-06 was Bethany Workman. Workman was named to the SEC Good Works Teams during the season. The Springtown, Texas native is very active in the community. As a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes leadership team, she visits local nursing homes to socialize with the patrons. She also participates in Bully's Blitz, where she reads to local elementary school children. As a member of Coach Fanning's squad, Workman has participated in Compassion Pantry and Adopt-A-Family Lady Bulldog programs. For Compassion Pantry, the Lady Bulldogs helped pass out groceries and other foods to those in need this past September at the Starkville Church of God. This December the Lady Bulldogs adopted a local family in need and donated perishables and gifts.

Sophomore Amy Reeder claimed the squad's Newsom Academic Award. She was recently listed on the SEC Winter Honor Roll and was named to the SEC Freshman Academic list a year ago. A physical education major with a concentration in fitness management, the Pontotoc, Miss., native has maintained a cumulative 3.19 GPA.

MSU Women's Basketball Awards
Field Goal Percentage - Marneshia Richard
Free Throw Percentage - Robin Porter
Most Assists - Marneshia Richard
Most Deflections - Mamie McKinney
Most Improved Player - Miayorka Johnson
Best Rebounder - Robin Porter
Best Defensive Player - Blessing Chekwa
Coaches Award - Marneshia Richard
Newsom Academic Award - Amy Reeder
Sonny Mullins Community Service Award - Brthany Workman
6th Player Award - James and Sue White

Men's Golf
STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State senior golfer Jared Jimenez has been selected to represent the Bulldogs on the 2006 Southeastern Conference Men's Golf Good Works Team announced by the league office on Monday.

Jimenez is making his second appearance on the 10-member team. The Richmond, Va. product was a 2005 SEC Good Works Team honoree. The Bulldog linkster is the president of MSU's student-athlete M-Club. He helped deliver coats to the Mississippi Gulf Coast in January in response to Hurricane Katrina, along with being an integral part in coordinating the coat drive. He has participated in Kids Fairs at local schools, while reading to kids to emphasize education. Jimenez is the representative for men's golf on MState's Student Athlete Advisory Committee and was chosen as AllState's MSU Student Athlete of the Week in September of 2005. The senior is also a two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection for 2004 and 2005.

On pace to receive his degree in biological sciences, Jimenez has been in the line up for two tournaments this season, participating in the Tennessee Tournament of Champions and the Carter Plantation Intercollegiate.

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