Lawson named Lady Vol Athlete of Month

Kara Lawson of the University of Tennessee Lady Vol basketball team has been named as the edsouth Athlete of the Month for December after helping the Orange and White to a tournament title at the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as a 5-1 overall record for the month.

During December, the Alexandria, Va., native posted averages of 14.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game as UT picked up wins over Saint Louis (75-40 in the championship game in San Juan), #13 Louisiana Tech (60-35), Southern California (71-39), #5 Stanford (71-56) and #12 Notre Dame (77-61) while falling to #21 Texas by a single point, 63-62. Lawson also posted an impressive assist/turnover ratio of 2.13 for December as the senior was responsible for 17 assists and only eight turnovers while playing a majority of her minutes from the point guard spot.

In UT's win over USC at the Forum in Los Angeles, Lawson tied for the team-lead in scoring with 16 points on 7-of-13 shooting from the floor, including 2-of-3 from behind the arc, while dishing four assists.

At Texas, in arguably her top game of the season so far, the first team All-SEC choice hit six three pointers in a game for the second time in her career to equal the all-time UT single-game record for treys in one contest. Lawson had previously hit six against Kentucky on Jan. 30, 2000, while former Lady Vol Abby Conklin performed the feat Dec. 18, 1996, against Texas Tech. Against the Lady Longhorns, Lawson totaled a team and personal season-high 24 points to go along with four rebounds and two assists in 36 minutes of action on the hardwood.

The 5'8" guard currently ranks second on the Lady Vol squad in scoring at 14.1 ppg, first in three-pointers made with 25, second in assists with 51 and second in steals with 19 and first in assist/turnover ratio with a 2.83. On the all-time lists, Lawson currently rates first all-time in three-pointers made (204) and three-point attempts (506), 10th in points (1,585), 11th in assists (356) and 15th in field-goals made (555).

Next up for #5 Tennessee (10-3) is a matchup against the Auburn Tigers (12-1) on Sun., Jan 12, at 3:30 p.m. in the Thompson-Boling Arena, before the Orange and White welcomes the DePaul Blue Demons (11-3) into Knoxville for a 7:00 p.m., Tuesday night contest.

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